Akash Bashir – Remembering a Pakistani Christian hero who saved thousands of lives by sacrificing his own

On the 15th of March 2015, just like every Sunday, Akash Bashir was on duty. He was specifically charged with overseeing security at the entrance to the church of St John.

Six years have passed since the bomb blast incident on the 15th of March 2015. It was the day when young Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, sacrificed himself to prevent a suicide bomber from inflicting many casualties in the church of St John in Youhannabad, the Christian neighborhood of Lahore, Pakistan.

A crowd of people celebrated Akash Bashir’s birthday on the 22nd of June at the St. John’s Parish Youhannabad – where the blast took place and Akash saved thousands of lives.

 

Recap of the Heroic Incident

Akash Bashir was 18-years-old at the time of the incident. The young boy studied at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Lahore and had become a security volunteer.

On the 15th of March 2015, just like every Sunday, Akash Bashir was on duty. He was specifically charged with overseeing security at the entrance to the church of St John.

While on duty, he received news that the Church of Christ, an Anglican church located 500 meters away, had been attacked by several armed men. Akash tried to secure the area in front of the church of St John, when he saw a man running towards the building – a terrorist, intent on more carnage.

The brave young man faced him and tried to block him. The terrorist threatened Akash, declaring he had a bomb with him, but the young man did not let himself be intimidated.

Akash Bashir hugged the terrorist to keep him from entering the church and said:

Do what you will. I will die but I will never let you go.

Eventually, the bomber blew himself up, causing about twenty deaths, including Akash Bashir himself. The victims would have been many more, had the Salesian Past Pupil not sacrificed his life.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • You are a HERO. You deserve a Medal. Unfortunately Pakistan is only busy in giving away medals to corrupt and to the mistresses of the elites. I salute you brother. I pray that Imam Hussain bin Ali bin Abi Talib may accept your sacrifice for the Humanity. Brother no matter what the state does to honor your sacrifice. I salute you.

  • A hero, must nevr be forgotton. His action should berespected and his steps should be followed, this is the only way to eliminate the bad happenings in our beautiful society.


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