Akash Bashir, 19, a past pupil of the Salesian technical school located in the predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Yuhannabad, was a member of the volunteer force that provided security at the Catholic Church on Sundays.
On the fateful day, he was among those who tried to stop the terrorists from entering the church. His sacrifice saved hundreds.
Bashir, the father of deceased, said that Akash had always aspired to be a great man. “His mother once asked him to stop standing at the church’s gate. He replied that he wanted to make people safer and did not care for his own life,” Bashir said. He said that Akash and his sacrifice should be remembered.