Imran Khan criticises own party for handling of teenager`s death
Last Updated: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 21:40
  
Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today criticised his own party's government in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province for poorly responding to the death of a teenage schoolboy, who was killed while preventing a suicide attack.

Fourteen-year-old Aitzaz Hasan tackled a suicide bomber who had come to attack his school in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on January 6 at a time when hundreds of students were inside.

Speaking to the media, Khan said he was proud of the teenager's martyrdom and that he was a national hero. He said it was sad that the provincial government had failed to reach the boy's family.

"I am disappointed that none of the ministers or even the Chief Minister visited the boy's family," he said in comments aired by news channels.

Khan announced that his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party will cooperate with Hasan's family and take care of their expenses. He also announced the establishment of the Aitzaz Hasan Fund.

Meanwhile, the International Human Rights Commission today bestowed a global bravery award on Hasan. A delegation visited Hasan's grave and his family and condoled his death.

Hasan has already been recommended by the government for Sitara-e-Shujaat, one of the country's highest awards for bravery.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 21:40


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