Hope: Pakistani boy killed stopping suicide bomber

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pakistanHuman nature and common sense compels me to believe that most Muslims want a normal life. In order to beat back tyranny and extremism in any culture will usually require the kind of courage shown by America’s Founding Fathers.

If more Muslims living amidst the Islamists had the stuff that a 17-year-old high school boy in Islamabad, Pakistan; al Qaeda and the Taliban would truly be on the run:

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recommended that a high award for bravery be bestowed on a teenager who was killed this week while stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school.

The announcement came after calls had grown across the country to honour the teenager, Aitzaz Hasan, a ninth-grader from the Hangu district of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The bombing took place on Monday near a boys’ school in the village of Ibrahimzai. Aitzaz, 17, grew suspicious when a man wearing the same school uniform as his asked for directions. The teenager then tackled the stranger as he tried to flee, and the stranger blew them both up.

Prominent Pakistanis, journalists and social media campaigners have called Aitzaz a hero and have even compared him to Malala Yousufzai, the teenage girl who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for defying their ban on female education.

Mr Sharif, in a statement on Friday, asked the country’s president, Mamnoon Hussain, to approve the conferment of Sitara-e-Shujaat, or Star of Bravery, on Aitzaz.

‘‘Aitzaz’s brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism,’’ Mr Sharif said in his statement.

Mike DeVine

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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