Pakistan has a long history of producing brave heroes. Strong, proud Pakistanis whose fearlessness is matched only by their sense of justice. So how is it that we are also plagued with cowards who prey on the weak and whose only sense of justice is the tip of a sword? The roots of our current troubles can be traced in part to a history of choosing to praise the wrong heroes.
Last week, All Pakistan Private Schools Federation President Mirza Kashif announced that Malala Yousafzai’s book was to be banned in private schools across the country due to concerns that the contents could ‘challenge the ideological foundations of our next generation’. What is worrying, however, is not the ban but the public’s response.
A tweet by Maleeha Lodhi caught my attention today as it hinted at the type of story that makes any sane person despair: Military ordering the killing of children as an act of war.
haunted by his past. Bryant: Drone operator followed orders to shoot a child… and decided he had to quit http://t.co/xTi95MeYzu
— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) October 25, 2013
This story includes themes that press on many of our greatest emotions, doesn’t it? The foreign monsters who hold our lives in so little value that they systematically target and murder our own children to advance their imperialist agenda, and the troubled conscience that opens someone’s eyes to the evil committed by their own hands, driving them to regret and despair.
Then I actually read the story and was surprised to find something very different. Continue reading
It’s fitting that the issue at the core of Malala Yusufzai’s struggle is education, not only because the first command spoken by angel Jibreel to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was to ‘READ!’ but also because, in her struggle for her own education, Malala has given many lessons to us herself.
Following statement was released by Asian Human Rights Campaign today:
In this age where women and girl children do not receive the protection promised to them by the constitutions of so many countries the challenge for the human rights community in this century is to uplift their rights and lives. The struggle must include equality for women and justice for the violence perpetrated against them.
In her valiant determination for the right to education Malala has become a symbol of this tremendous struggle.
On Friday, October 11, 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to a global champion of peace and human rights. Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year-old-girl from the Swat Valley of Northeast Pakistan, the youngest ever nominee of the prestigious award, is a deserving front runner for the prize for her courage in standing up to the Pakistani Taliban and fighting for her right to be educated.