Bravest Lady of Pakistan who Sacrificed her own Life to Protect her School Children
“I am their mother, talk to me.” Tahira Qazi, the principal of APS was burned to death, allegedly in front of her children for being the spouse of a retired army colonel.
On 16 December 2014, Taliban terrorists attacked Army Public School Peshawar. Tahira Qazi tried to protect the children and jumped forward in front of the militants to protect as many children she could.
Tahira Qazi was born on July 1, 1951 in Mardan, Pakistan where she attended early schooling. She completed her master’s degree in English from University of Peshawar and started her teaching career in the 1970s. Tahira was principal of Army Public School, Peshawar since 2006 and was set to retire in May 2015. According to her students, she was an English teacher. One of her students told regarding her in an interview, “The first thing that comes to my mind is that she was very strict and good in English.”
Tahira was married to a Pakistan Army colonel, Qazi Zafrullah in the 1980s and had three children from the marriage.
Tahira Qazi was awarded by Sitara-e-Shujaat on Pakistan Day 2015 by President Mamnoon Hussain