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Boy who pretended to be dead to survive Pakistan attack treated in Birmingham.

Ahmad Nawaz in hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The father of a boy who pretended to be dead to survive a Taliban attack on an army school in Pakistan has been speaking to Central News

Muhammad Nawaz lost one son during the attack. He says his family struggling to cope after gunmen shot their 13 year old son Haris through the head.

Ahmad with his brother Haris who was killed in the attack Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Nawaz’s eldest son, Ahmad, was injured when terrorists climbed the walls of the school and opened fire. The 14 year old suffered serious gunshot wounds and is now being treated at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Doctors in Pakistan told his family his gunshot wounds were so severe, his arm would be amputated. Mr Nawaz said he begged surgeons to save his arm and he was grateful to the Pakistani government for offering to pay for his son to be flown to the UK and be treated here.

Ahmad told his father he witnesses horrific scenes including seeing his friends and teachers being forced to lie on the ground before they were shot. He pretended to be dead so he wouldn't be killed.

However, his father says although Ahmad is upset, he’s trying to remain positive and is determined to fulfill his dreams.

In Pakistan, former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan visited Ahmad in hospital.

Here, members of the Pakistani community are supporting the family and have organised an event on Saturday evening to remember all of the victims of the massacre.

Ahmad with Imran Khan Credit: ITV News Central

Change of location for Peshawar victims vigil in Leicester

Organisers of the vigil for the victims of the Pakistan school massacre this afternoon have had to change the location where it will take place.

It is still happening at 4.30pm, but it will now be held at the clock tower instead of the Town Hall.

It's because more people are expected to attend than first thought.


Vigils for Peshawar attack victims held in region

Candles will be lit at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on an army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

One of the classrooms after the attack on the school where 132 children were killed Credit: Rageh Omaar/ITV News

Other vigils will also take place across the region today, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.

A book of condolence will also be opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

141 people, mainly children, lost their lives in the attack.

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Midlands mourners share their grief for relatives killed in Pakistan school attack

Relatives of children killed in a massacre at a school in Pakistan have described those responsible as "unIslamic" and "ruthless".

More than 130 pupils were killed when gunmen targeted the army run school in Peshawar. People in the Midlands are still struggling to come terms with what happened, and many are organising vigils to remember those who died.

Family of Peshawar attack victims mourn massacre

Nazir Awan says the last 48 hours have been unbearable.

He was shocked to learn that two of his cousin's sons were killed in the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan, where 132 children were gunned down.

15 year old Muhammad Yaseen and 10 year old Mohammad Gulshir were among the victims. He has been speaking to ITV News Central ahead of a vigil tomorrow to remember those who died takes place outside Leicester Town Hall.


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Malala: I am heartbroken over Pakistan school attack

Malala Yousafzai -who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 - has condemned today's school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan Credit: Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, who was 14 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who flagged down her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley, said she is heartbroken by today's school attack in Peshawar.

I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us.

Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable.

I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."

– Malala Yousafzai

Birmingham mother sentenced to life in prison in Pakistan

Khadija Shah is serving life in prison in Rawalpindi Credit: DM Photos

A Birmingham mother of three children has been sentenced to life in prison for drug offences in Pakistan.

Khadija Shah, 26, was arrested and jailed in May 2012 when heavily pregnant with her third child.

She was arrested at Islamabad Airport and convicted of smuggling 63kg of heroin. Khadija Shah has always denied knowledge of what was inside the bags - claiming they were given to her by her fiance who escaped when she was arrested. He has yet to be located.

She gave birth to Malaika in September 2013 but was refused bail. The baby has remained in prison with her since.

Her other two children are living with their grandmother in Britain.

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