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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.

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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.

This Pakistani boy really deserves some recognition. He IS a true hero. http://t.co/tNx0wzTrl8 #AitzazBraveheart

Kayti@kaytikloudkickr

This Pakistani boy really deserves some recognition. He IS a true hero.
http://t.co/tNx0wzTrl8 #AitzazBraveheart

01:17 PM - 10 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

We Are All Aitzaz Today. #onemillionaitzaz

Count de Monet

@SalooDurrani

We Are All Aitzaz Today.

#onemillionaitzaz

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“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.” Father of Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan. #respect

Imran Asghar

@PakCricket_Imy

“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”

Father of Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan. #respect

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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.

Malala risked her life for education but Aitzaz sacrificed his life for those who seek education #OneMillionAitzaz

TY Khan

@TayyabYounis

Malala risked her life for education but Aitzaz sacrificed his life for those who seek education #OneMillionAitzaz

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RIP #AitizazShaheed The Nation is proud of you. http://t.co/wQgjfjKRR0 #onemillionaitzaz

Hashtag

@ComicRao

RIP #AitizazShaheed

The Nation is proud of you.

http://t.co/wQgjfjKRR0

#onemillionaitzaz

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

Zain-Haider.

@awanzain

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

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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.

Viper

@ViperPTI

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

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

Maaz Khan

@themaazs

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

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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

Nasim Zehra@NasimZehra

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

12:01 AM - 9 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

SkinnyCanWrite

@TwoTwoAlys

The Nishan-i-Haider will be saving grace for the govt's lack of courage.

Aitzaz has already honored us with his sacrifice.#onemillionaitzaz

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

sherryrehman

@sherryrehman

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

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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

Murtaza Ali Shah

@MurtazaGeoNews

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

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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

Murtaza Ali Shah

@MurtazaGeoNews

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

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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

Fulvio Scaglione

@fulvioscaglione

No more children sacrificed to war #onemillionaitzaz #aitzazbraveheart

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"How many people's blood do you want, oh soil of the country."

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

Murtaza Solangi

@murtazasolangi

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

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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!

U Malik@uzairmalik66

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

01:29 PM - 9 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

SaadiaBukhari@SaadiaBukhari

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

11:39 PM - 8 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Global Africa

@arafrika

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

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

Myra Khan

@myrakhan

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

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