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APS attack survivor Ahmad Nawaz elected as President of Oxford Union

Ahmad Nawaz, the survivor of the brutal Army Public School (APS) attack in Pakistan’s Peshawar, again earned pride for the country as he was elected as president of the Oxford Union, the most famous debating society based at the Oxford University.

Ahmad Nawaz, a survivor of the 2014 Army Public School tragedy, has been voted as president of the Oxford Union, the university’s debate society.

“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 historical platforms!” tweeted Nawaz on Sunday.

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Nawaz is extremely grateful for this opportunity

Nawaz said that he was “eternally grateful” to everyone who supported him in getting elected. He was also “extremely grateful” to his parents who have been supportive of everything.

“[I am grateful to] my friends who have been with me throughout this journey. And finally, my team, who have worked so exceptionally hard to make this truly historical moment happen!” said Nawaz as he thanked everyone.

Nawaz is the survivor of a horrific APS attack in 2014

On December 16, 2014, 147 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were massacred in the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history when terrorists stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar Cantonment and opened indiscriminate fire.

Nawaz, one of the survivors of the attack, had lost his brother Haris and many friends on that fateful day. He was 14 years old at that time when he received bullet injuries during a Taliban attack on the APS school. However, the 20-year-old never let the attack stop him from pursuing his studies.

In 2020, he had secured a place to study at the University of Oxford — the alma mater of many notable Pakistanis, including Malala Yousufzai, Prime Minister Imran Khan, late Benazir Bhutto, and many others.

Read more: APS attack survivor Ahmed Nawaz secures admission in Oxford University

Last year in March, Ahmed Nawaz was elected to the Governing & Standing Committee of Oxford Union. He is also a human rights activist in addition to his studies at Oxford.