A teenager who reportedly sacrificed his life to prevent a suicide attack on his school has been lauded on social media - with people demanding Year 10 student Aitizaz Hasan been given Pakistan's highest military honour.
Politicians, including former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s chairman Imran Khan, tweeted about the teenager's bravery.
Hasan was a student of the Government High School Ibrahimzai in Hangu, which has 2,000 students, according to the Express Tribune, who reported Hasan was late for school and kept out of normal assembly.
Outside the building, he was chatting to his elder brother, Mujtaba, when another student spotted a man with a detonator.
As students ran for cover, Hasan apparently ran toward the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing only himself and Hasan.
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“I had never thought that my brother would die such a great death. He sacrificed his life to save humanity,” Mujtaba said in an interview with The Express Tribune.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant anti-Shi'a group, have claimed responsibility for the attack, which was in a Shi'a area.
The principal of the school, Lal Baz, said it had taken days for politicians to visit the family: “The attack targeted education and I am surprised neither the federal nor the provincial government functionary has visited the family. Their silence is condemnable."
#Sharamnaak Government officials had not visited Shaheed Aitizaz Hasan family until Wednesday night and no announcements of ‘compensation’.— لال بجھکّڑ (@afzaal_k) January 9, 2014
One of Pakistan's most famous journalists, Nasim Zehra, has demanded the highest honour for Hasan, backed by Khan.
Mr.PrimeMinister v the citizens believe that State of Pk must award Nishan-i-Haider to Pk's brave son Shaheed Aitezaz #onemillionaitzaz— Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) January 9, 2014
Sacrifice of young teenager from Hangu Shaheed Aitzaz who gave his life to save others from a suicide bomber will not go in vain InshaAllah.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 9, 2014
Young Pakistanis have been tweeting their thanks to Hasan, and calling for him to be awarded an honour.
No words for this brave boy Aitizaz Hasan! May Allah grant him jannat and his family patience to deal with such loss— Fatima (@patima_fansota) January 9, 2014
Aitzaz did what most of us would never think of doing. He gave up his life to protect his class mates. #onemillionaitzazs— Ammar عمار حیدر (@Ammar_Haider) January 9, 2014
Aitzaz died to save more than 1000 lives. What have you done lately? #OneMillionAitzazs— Xain Gardezi (@XainGardezi) January 9, 2014
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How does a nation that can produce such lions be led by such lambs? Such jackals? #onemillionaitzazs— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) January 9, 2014