Praise Pours In For Pakistani Teenager Reported Killed While Stopping A Suspected Suicide Bomber

The story of 15-year old Aitzaz Hasan has ignited discussion online among Pakistanis over what it means to be a national hero and how to honor victims of the country’s political violence.

1. This is 15-year-old Pakistani Aitzaz Hasan, who died on Monday Jan. 6, when he reportedly tackled a suspected suicide bomber who sought to target his school.

2. Hasan’s story has inspired an outpouring of praise on Twitter. Pakistani and Western media have been filled with emotional commentary from his family.

4. Many have described him as a selfless national hero, calling him a shaheed, Arabic for martyr. Some have likened him to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl attacked for her fight for female education.

The case of #AitzazBraveheart epitomises: 'one who kills one has killed all of humanity. One who saves one has saved all of humanity. #quran

— awanzain (@Zain-Haider.)

7. Exact details of Hasan’s death have not been verified. According to reports, Hasan stopped to question a suspicious looking man by his school. The man ran away. Hasan jumped on him and ignited a hidden bomb. But in his death many have tried to see hope.

#onemillionaitzaz Aitzaz has shown that we are not short of real heroes.

— ViperPTI (@Viper)

Glad to hear that Aitzaz Hassan has been acknowledged for his sacrifice & honored for it by the state #AitzazBraveheart #PowerOfSocialMedia

— themaazs (@Maaz Khan)

9. The former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. has called on the government to award Hasan the highest state honor. Many more have seconded her call.

We the citizens believe that State of Pk must award Nishan-i-Haider to Pk's brave son Shaheed Aitezaz #onemillionaitzaz @betterpakistan

— NasimZehra (@Nasim Zehra)

The Nishan-i-Haider will be saving grace for the govt's lack of courage. Aitzaz has already honored us with his sacrifice.#onemillionaitzaz

— TwoTwoAlys (@SkinnyCanWrite)

Hangu's shaheed Aitzaz Hasan is #Pakistan's pride. Give him a medal at least. Another young one with heartstopping courage #AitzazBraveheart

— sherryrehman (@sherryrehman)

12. Malala has also spoken out in Hasan’s honor.

Malala Yousufzai: I feel proud that I belong to a country where brave and courageous people like Aitzaz Hasan (Shaheed) are born

— MurtazaGeoNews (@Murtaza Ali Shah)

I wish that in giving his own life Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan has helped to bring peace to my people and my country, says Malala Yousufzai

— MurtazaGeoNews (@Murtaza Ali Shah)

14. Hasan’s story has also raised discussion among Pakistanis over how to deal with the violence that continues to plague and divide their country.

No more children sacrificed to war #onemillionaitzaz #aitzazbraveheart

— fulvioscaglione (@Fulvio Scaglione)

15. “How many people’s blood do you want, oh soil of the country.”

Tujhe Kitnon Ka Lahoo Chahye Aiy Arz-e-Watan #onemillionaitzaz

— murtazasolangi (@Murtaza Solangi)

16. Hasan reportedly lived in a Shia-dominated region of north-western Pakistan where the Taliban and al-Qaeda have a strong presence and sectarian violence is a common occurrence.

A brave son of the land #onemillionaitzaz !! in your face Taliban!! Shaheed aitzaz bravo, I salute you!

— uzairmalik66 (@U Malik)

#Pakistan #onemillionaitzaz #onemillionaitzazs NO-we can't sacrifice our youth! No more Aitzazs...stop #terrorism, stop #suicidebombing!

— SaadiaBukhari (@SaadiaBukhari)

#Pakistan's future is bright. Brave ones are springing up in the land. First; #Malala, now it is Aitzaz #onemillionaitzaz #AitzazBraveheart

— arafrika (@Global Africa)

Aitizaz was the everyday hero Pakistan desperately needs more of. #onemillionaitzaz

— myrakhan (@Myra Khan)

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