PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday reacted to heroism of a schoolboy, who sacrificed his own life to save hundreds of his classmates by tackling a suicide bomber in Hangu district, with award and other honours.
The reaction comes after ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s criticism of KP government over its failure to recognise 15-year-old Aitzaz Hassan’s sacrifice who foiled the attempted suicide attack on his school in Ibrahimzai on January 6.
Amjad Afridi, adviser to KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, told the media after visiting the family of Hassan that the government would donate Rs 5 million to the bereaved family.
Hassan became a national hero after intercepting the bomber before he was able to enter his school last week. The teen died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up some 150 metres from the main gate of the school of 1,000 students, though no one else was wounded or killed in the incident.
Imran Khan had said that he was “disappointed” with response of the KP government for not visiting the bereaved family to pay homage to Hassan.
Hassan’s act of bravery has received an outpouring of tributes from across Pakistan. Newspapers, TV channels and blogs have demanded that he be commemorated.
KP Governor Engineer Shaukatullah, meanwhile, visited the house of Hassan, offered condolence and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family on behalf of the president and the prime minister, a statement from the Governor’s House said.
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