Malala Yousafzai: An International Hero, Now a Villain in Pakistan!

Pakistan | 29th June 2021 | Virtual Wire

Malala Yousafzai, a young and ambitious activist for ‘Rights for Women Education’ is recognized worldwide as “Malala.” Being born to an educational activist (Ziauddin Yousafzai), she had revolution running in her blood.

At the young age of 12, she sent her first entry to BBC Urdu Blog at a time when the Taliban was holding in as a prominent militia in her town of Swat (North-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) of Pakistan. With increasing wit and zeal towards activism amid the increasing moral pressure from Talibanis for banning girls’ education, immediately lead to an incident that later gave birth to a force called “Malala.”

On 9th October (2012), Malala was shot in her head by a Taliban gunman just after she had finished giving her exam in her hometown, at the tender age of 15. Being crucially injured, she was lifted off to the UK for her treatment, as at that time Pakistan did not have the correct equipment and procedures for her treatment.

This led to an outpour of support for Malala and her ideas on an international level and the same level, severe criticism for Pakistan’s government, the Taliban and officials of the town. She became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and got admitted into Oxford University for pursuing her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), where she graduated in the year 2020.

With her advanced ideology and activism towards women’s rights, Malala commented on the matrimony relationship or ‘marriage’ which resulted in major extremist politicians vomiting poison against her.

She said, “If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?” These were her views on the idea of marriage when she was asked about it by a representative of British Vogue during an interview.

The sexist mongrels writhing around in Pakistan’s parliament were so deeply wounded by her remarks, they started to scrutiny her on such a level that is completely unredeemable. One of Pakistan’s parliament member even called her views on marriage “anti-Islam and whitewashed.”

Many social media users also clobbered her for her remarks, one user even saying that “This is totally outrageous! I wonder why didn’t that Taliban finished his job?” Even though several liberal and NGOs dived in for her support, the beans were already spilt.

This story is actually a quiet reflection on the hypocrisy of Pakistan. One day they were proud that their land gave birth to a person like Malala, and the next moment they thrash her to virtual death for her reviews on marriage, views which are totally constitutional in the UK as everyone has the right of expression, not in extremist path fire called Pakistan.

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