Ahmed Nawaz bags Diana Award for anti-radicalisation campaign


LONDON: Ahmed Nawaz, a survivor of the 2014 Army Public School (APS) attack, made Pakistan proud as he bagged Diana Award in England’s capital, London, for his anti-radicalisation youth campaign.

The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Diana, the former Princess of Wales. Since 1999, following her tragic death in a car crash in Paris, the reputable award has recognized over 45,000 ordinary youngsters who have made “an extraordinary difference to their communities”.

According to details, the award ceremony was held at the British parliament. Ahmed is first Pakistani to receive the Diana Award. He was honored for his services for the education of youngsters. The 18-year-old Ahmad was 14 when his school was attacked by the Taliban on December 16, 2014. He managed to escape by pretending to be dead but witnessed his teacher being set on fire.

Three months after the tragedy, he was shifted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. A vein from his leg was transplanted into his arm.

At least 131 school children and 10 people were martyred when heavily armed militants stormed APS of Peshawar on December 16, 2014. This is considered the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history.