Ahmad Nawaz, a survivor of the APS attack in Peshawar, has become Oxford Union’s president.
Ahmad was just 14 years old when the APS attack took place and the terrorists shot him. He said that he wants to use his position to raise awareness about the importance of education for children in Pakistan.
“I want to show people that disability is not a barrier”, He said,
“I want to be an example for other disabled people in Pakistan.”
Ahmad Nawaz; Oxford Union’s President
Ahmad also expressed his gratitude to the Oxford Union for giving him an opportunity to speak out about what happened at APS. He also talks about what needs to be done to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. Ahmed’s story is a reminder that no matter what life throws at us, we can overcome any obstacle if we have the will to do so.
Today is the most monumental and history-making moment of my life! I am so extremely proud to announce that I have been elected president of the Oxford Union, one of the world’s biggest and most historical platforms!
Ahmad Nawaz tweeted.
On December 16, 2014, the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history took place at the Army Public School in Peshawar Cantonment. The assailants killed 147 people, including 132 children. Ahmad, one of the civilian survivors of the assault, lost his sibling Haris and several friends on that fateful day.
Ahmad, however, chose not to let his injuries prevent him from following his dreams. Today, he is a survivor of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in history. Aside from studying at Oxford, Ahmad is also a human rights activist.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif shared a tweet in which he highlighted the achievements of Ahmad Nawaz.
Pakistan is proud of young people like Ahmed Nawaz.
Ahmad responded to this by thanking the Prime Minister,
An immensely huge honor to have your encouragement & to be able to inspire young people. I’m eternally grateful for the support and look forward to working on empowering many more people through this platform!