KARACHI 2nd july: APS survivor Ahmed Nawaz has earned respect from the world over for his chivalry and anti-radicalisation youth campaign. Now the teenager, who survived the 2014 terror attack on his school in Peshawar, has been given the prestigious Princess Diana Award for his humanitarian efforts and so, has become the first Pakistani to receive the honour.
The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. Since 1999, the reputable award has recognised over 45,000 ordinary youngsters who have made an extraordinary differences to their communities.
The 18-year-old Ahmad was 14 when his school was attacked by members of the Taliban. He managed to escape with his life by pretending to be dead but witnessed his teacher being set on fire.
Ahmad suffered serious injuries to his arm on the day and was brought to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for special treatment. He now tours schools around the United Kingdom in a bid to prevent students from being radicalised by sharing his experience.