Jan. 12 - A Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school is honoured, and recommended for a national award. Michaela Cabrera reports.
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Aitezaz Hassan died stopping a suicide bomber who tried to attack his school in northwestern Pakistan.
The army paid tribute at his grave on Saturday (January 11).
The prime minister's office said the 15-year-old had been recommended for a national award called the Star of Bravery.
Hassan tackled a bomber who had explosives tucked under a school uniform. The bomb detonated and killed them both, but no other students or school staff died.
Hassan's father thanked God, and said he is very happy about the martyrdom of his son. An official designation as martyr could bring financial relief to his family.
The boy was in ninth grade. His classmates also visited his grave.
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) ASAD RAZA, CLASS FELLOW OF AITEZAZ HASSAN, SCHOOLBOY WHO DIED STOPPING A SUICIDE BOMBER FROM ATTACKING HIS SCHOOL, SAYING:
"He had a very cordial relation with everyone. He was a very good and intelligent student of our school. We are very proud of his martyrdom, but we are very saddened by his leaving us."
Suicide attacks have become more frequent in Pakistan, and newspaper editorials contrasted Hassan's bravery to the government's inaction in the face of militancy.