ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Aitzaz Hasan, a 15-year-old ninth grader, was late for school and rushing with two friends to make the morning assembly when they were stopped by a stranger wearing the same uniform as theirs, who curiously asked for directions. Aitzaz grew suspicious, and tackled the stranger as he tried to flee. Then the stranger blew himself up, killing them both.
The suicide bombing on Monday in northwestern Pakistan, where Islamist extremism and sectarian mayhem are daily facts of life, has struck a deep nerve in the country — not because of the bomber, believed to be a Taliban extremist, but because of the student who risked his life, and lost it, to stop him.
God love this boy. Great love hath no man than this. May he find eternal light in Christ Jesus, whose sacrifice he imitated.