APS Survivor Receives Diana Award For Anti-Radicalization Work
Army Public School survivor Ahmed Nawaz has been honored with the prestigious Diana Award for his humanitarian work. He is the first Pakistani to have ever received the award.
The award was founded to honor the late Princess Diana, and her belief that young people have the potential to change the world. Since 1999, the award has helped highlight the achievements of over 45,000 ordinary youngsters who have made an extraordinary difference in their communities.
Honoured to receive the @DianaAward at the Parliament House in London. It has indeed uplifted my morale.
I will continue to do the positive work for the society and young people. Thanks to everyone for your love and support. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wYZGvPc25j
— Ahmad Nawaz (@Ahmadnawazaps) July 1, 2019
After surviving the horrible ordeal now referred to as the APS Peshawar Attack 2014, Ahmed pledged himself to fighting radicalization wherever he could. During his time at the hospital in the UK, he became aware of the radicalization problem prevalent there. As he heard children were going towards terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. He then decided to go to universities and schools to share his ordeal with young people all over the UK, in attempt to prevent recruitment and the spread of extremist ideology.
“We need to make sure this doesn’t happen ever again…if I could do anything to stop these children (from being radicalized) that would be the best revenge.”
.@Ahmadnawazaps has been honoured with the @DianaAward for his work to stop young people becoming radicalised.
He survived a Taliban attack in Pakistan in 2014, which saw his brother and friends killed. He tells his story to educate young people & inspire them. pic.twitter.com/aW5zAMBnTd
— ITV News Central (@ITVCentral) July 1, 2019