Malala Yousafzai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistan’s daughter Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Price today. She was immediately felicitated by no less than DG ISPR General Asim Bajwal.

Malala is the second Pakistani to win a prestigious Nobel Prize, the first being Abdus Salam who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979.

Abdus Salam

 

Unfortunately, this national honour has been all but erased from the history books due to religious extremism and intolerance. Dr Abdus Salam was an Ahmedi.

Sadly, there appears to be a similar reaction building to the recognition of young Malala Yousafzai. For all the congratulatory messages received, there were also a number of hate messages terming the award as a black day for Pakistan, and accusing the young education activist of being a foreign agent.

It should also be noted that the Nobel Peace Prize was actually shared this year between Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani Muslim, and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian Hindu. Kailash has been an activist against child labour since long.

Thus today’s award demonstrates not only the power of hope, but the potential of what could be achieved if Pakistan and India could set aside their differences and instead focus on their common goals of peace and prosperity.

Human rights movement strongly recommends Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai

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.

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