It’s now six years after one of the saddest days in Pakistan’s history when terrorists entered school in 2014, killing more than 140 people, most of them children. For days, the entire country mourned the loss. Luckily, the attack was survived by a few kids and became a huge source of inspiration. Waleed Khan, one of the tragedy’s survivors, is now an elected British Youth Parliament member.
Waleed Khan was just 12 years old when his school in Peshawar was targeted by six gunmen. Khan’s entire life since that day has taken a 360-degree turn. In the attack, he was severely wounded, being shot eight times in total and six times in the head and face.
Because of 6 bullets in the chest, it was so hard to recognize Khan. In addition due to bleeding, the minor student remained unconscious for a long time. The bullets in her face opened her face and hung up her jaw.
While speaking of the tragedy, Khan once disclosed that when he was taken to the hospital after the attack, his father managed to fall down several times while looking for him. Then he was actually informed by a doctor that there was a kid in the corner.
His father did not remember him back then. Eight days later, it was still hard to recognise him as he regained consciousness. Then he called his mother, and she called him by the name they had called him at home. He reacted to that and was finally identified.
He subsequently spent the next two years in a hospital in both Pakistan and the United Kingdom, recovering from the attack’s physical and emotional trauma. The courageous survivor has undergone about 12 operations, including 6 plastic facial surgeries, so far. He underwent surgery on his face and gum to restore his damaged tissue.
Waleed Khan is now a member of the Youth Parliament of Britain.
By winning the Youth Parliament elections in Birmingham, Khan has recently brought laurels to the region. Earlier, Khan’s uncle Ejaz Khan announced in an interview that 1,23,000 students applied as members for selection. Of the total number of candidates, 14 were shortlisted for election and Khan was ultimately chosen.
On the sixth anniversary of the APS tragedy, Khan said, “We’ve been shot by terrorists with guns, but we’re going to respond with a pen.” Our spirits are stronger than ever, and we will not withdraw.
‘The blood of APS martyrs will not be wasted. Our mission was education, and no one should back down from this mission,’ he added.
Khan will represent Pakistan in the Birmingham Youth Parliament and will share his experience with his fellow students and compatriots in exchange.
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