23 August, 2014 / Shawwal 26, 1435

The Malala movement

Updated Jul 15, 2013 08:25am

We all know the story of Malala, but the story has long evolved into a phenomenal movement like an oasis in a desert of inactivity against educational injustice. When did her story grow into a movement?

At the point when it began inspiring people around the world into action. At the point when someone like me was inspired to sit here at the London's South Bank with hundreds of lawyers, educationists, activists and members of public to observe a historic event.

On, 12 July 2013, to coincide with Malala’s 16th birthday, the United Nations General Assembly, for the first time since its inception, gave a direct voice to the children of the world as it hosted the Youth Summit.

Televised around the world, I sat side by side with complete strangers as we heard from Secretary General Ban Ki Mood tell us of his humble beginnings and his continuing drive to achieve the Millenium Goal of Global Education. We heard from UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, speak about the plights from all those suffering barriers to education around the world.

Screen event of Malala Yousafzai's speech at London's South Bank. -Photo by author
Screen event of Malala Yousafzai's speech at London's South Bank. -Photo by author

But the most emotive moment came when Mr Brown paused “to introduce you and wish you Malala, something the Taliban had hoped you would never hear. Happy 16th Birthday”. The General Assembly erupted with applause, which was overshadowed only by the screams and cheers of the crowds in London, many were brought to tears.

Many, including myself, couldn't help but feel overcome with emotion as that introduction reminded us that it could so easily have been us, our children, or our sister who had been shot on 9 October 2012 and so easily killed.

When the moment came for the greatly talked about Malala to take centre stage, I was quite apprehensive that perhaps the great story and the even greater movement had outgrown young Malala. I was fully prepared for this young girl’s survival to be the greatest and most poignant part of the day.

But as Malala stood “with honour in the shawl of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed” she gave a speech that was so full of passion, intelligence and eloquence that she was no doubt the envy of her seniors and world leaders alike. I had been quite prepared to observe and critique this precocious 16-year-old, like a good little lawyer, but I have nothing but pride for the 17 minutes that she spoke. I invite you to listen to her impassioned words and judge for yourself here.

Malala Yousafzai signs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's guest books at United Nations headquarters. -Photo by AP
Malala Yousafzai signs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's guest books at United Nations headquarters. -Photo by AP

For myself, I found her frequent references to Pakistan and Islam a breathe of fresh air after the polluting words of recent years. In what was one of the most surprising parts of Malala’s speech, she spoke directly of her shooting as she described,

The Talib shot me. A bullet that went through the left side of my brain. Thinking the bullet would silence me … but nothing has changed in me but this. Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born…

A Talib doesn’t know what is written inside this book (Quran). They think God is a tiny conservative being who would send girls to hell for reading books. But the Talib are misusing Islam in the society for their own personal benefits. Pakistan is a peace loving, democratic country. And Islam is a religion of peace, humanity and brotherhood. Islam says it is not only each child’s right but each child’s responsibility.

It was at this most impassioned point; Malala urged compassion for the Talib as taught to her by “Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), Jesus, and Buddha … Ghandhi, Jinnah … my mother and father, this is the philosophy of nonviolence I have inherited … this is what my soul is telling me. Be peaceful and love everyone.”

My heart melted as I felt the sincerity of every word that this child spoke. When I asked those around me what the name Malala had come to mean for them, from teachers who had travelled from Germany and activists from Ireland, they all described; hope; love; a sense of inspiration; renewed motivation; hope for change; a new momentum to break the barriers to education; the breaking down of labels to help us unify … and so the list went on.

But it was Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon Brown, who most aptly commented that for her it meant continue challenging governments around the world to invest in their own children’s education. I think immediately of Governments like Pakistan who continue to invest a feeble 2 per cent.

Personally, Malala reminds me of a truth long held, that if we want to fulfil this dream we must have the independence and strength to fight for it. This belief has long inspired me to fight for an education and overcome obstacles in a male dominated legal profession but the fact is we can all be doing more.

If you have 60 minutes a week between September – December please get in touch and you could help to Skype with teachers in rural Pakistani schools who desperately need to improve their English. Or perhaps host a fundraiser using the support of Girl Rising, or use this time while fasting to save money that could help fund desperately needed school resources.

There are many things that we could be doing. As Malala stood on the world stage, alongside world leaders who were uniformly male – the education inequality and gender inequality seemed inextricably linked. It is perhaps for this reason she called on women in particular as she urged,

We need education, and this time we (women) will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away, but rather asking women to be independent and fight for themselves.


The author is a trainee barrister based in London. And can be reached at shabanalondon@gmail.com


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Agnostic
Jul 13, 2013 02:51pm

The future prime minister of Pakistan! I heard the speech on tv and stood speechless in awe! I am an very very jealous that she's not Indian. She is a beacon of hope to not just Pakistani women but all suppressed womanhood.

Wahab Gull
Jul 13, 2013 03:02pm

My support for MALALA

GSahu
Jul 13, 2013 03:18pm

I am really very happy that some one from our neighbor has become the ambassador of Peace and a symbol of woman empowerment for the world at the age of only 16 years. She is truly amazing and very bold in her speech. The world saluted Malala for her fight against terrorism with nonviolence. May god bless her... Belated happy birthday to you, Malala..

Nasir Mahmood
Jul 13, 2013 03:20pm

Malala made us proud. Let us all absorb the message of tolerance and respect for each other. Respect in real sense means; accepting the principle of first come first serve with out breaking the queue, giving way to other motorist, cyclists on the road, etc etc. That is to respect in real sense with actions. That is the way we should learn to live as a nation together. Let us start a new beginning with conviction.

Carol Anne Grayson
Jul 13, 2013 03:34pm

What an enormous pity that such an inspiring young woman should be used by western male politicians that ignored gender justice in UK. I met with Gordon Brown's govt on this issue and other govts.. If only she realized how she is being used and is inadvertantly going against females in this country that have fought for years for their rights to be respected as widows of those unlawfully killed by the state...

Gordon Brown all smiles with Malala could not be bothered to cross the road from Westminster to hear the stories and grievances of women not seen as equal to males in their losses. One woman was so distressed she was found on the tube line.

I congratulate British politicians on their double standards and marvel at how easy it is for them to dupe the public into actually believing they stand for gender justice... Just pass me the sick bucket!

Rabia
Jul 13, 2013 03:36pm

Well said, Shabana. She makes us proud.

K. M. Nawaz
Jul 13, 2013 03:47pm

I am proud for her nonviolence stance. I believe this approach can win back many of those who have gone over to the Taliban to kill innocent men and women, boys and girls all over the region.

I am proud of her to have recovered from an almost fatal attack on her life. It gives us a feel that humanity at large can fight back all the suicide bombers, terrorists and extremists if they act united as they did to save the life of Malala.

ranganath
Jul 13, 2013 03:54pm

WIll she ever come to Pakistan?

Marriam Awan
Jul 13, 2013 04:06pm

Malala, a brilliant child, made the whole nation highly honourable.. the way she represented Pakistan is really adorable.. these were her own words as she spoke spontaneously.. Malala we luv u..!!!

Ranjit Singh Bhatt
Jul 13, 2013 04:13pm

In India we are so proud of Malala. She is a living legend and God send. She is the hope of all of South Asia. May Wahe Guru always protect her.

Adeeb Hassan
Jul 13, 2013 04:18pm

A pure drama, and just like Mukhtaran mai, who will give no benefit to Pakistani girls, his dad purpose is already fulfilled and that is to live in a foreign country, game over.

Asad Khan
Jul 13, 2013 04:22pm

She sounded like a statesman (woman). She did Pakistan proud. Yes, hope is reborn along with "strength, power and courage".

Parvez
Jul 13, 2013 04:23pm

The more I watch this little girl the more she amazes me and I honestly believe in the saying that ' God works in mysterous ways '.

Feroz
Jul 13, 2013 04:28pm

Malala may have made a fine and mature speech but I fail to see how it will have a positive effect on the lives of those unfortunate girls in Pakistan who cannot escape misogyny and oppression. That needs a grass root movement in the country which is not visible anywhere, sadly no inclination for one either.

Nitin
Jul 13, 2013 04:33pm

Pakistan has got its leader who can lead it to peace and prosperity. Malala Yousofzai I see you as the Prime minister of Pakistan in next 15 years.

HUMAN
Jul 13, 2013 04:53pm

To shabana next time you talk about fighting for women empowerment plz dont say chatting with few rural teachers to teach them english is the step that you have taken.it is an insult to all the people who really and passionately work for that. westerners can talk about love and compassion but remember this mess was started by them only.i m happy for malala,but there are thousands of malalas dying daily .nobody is showing the strength and character to help them.UN as an organisation should be ashamed of itself.thats the bottom line and nobody including you have the courage to speak about the mess westerners have created.Till then all of you can sit in air conditioned rooms and talk about love and compassion.ITS TOO LITTLE AND TOO LATE.BYE

faryal jamal
Jul 13, 2013 05:13pm

You've mentioned great things in your article. I wish every girl, woman may have the spirit like Malala. I'm so proud of her. Pakistan Zindabad

Hopeful4Pakistan
Jul 13, 2013 05:16pm

That was a great speech, and maybe it wasn't completely written by herself but she had the confidence to deliver it!

Hopeful4Pakistan
Jul 13, 2013 05:25pm

@Feroz: your missing the point.

Malala is a role model and example of someone who despite her age, inexperience, vulnerability and isolation chose to fight for her right to education. She could have died, and the fact that she did not serves to highlight that the oppresses do not always succeed.

As an example and role model it is HOPED that girls and women all over pakistan may choose to fight for themselves too. THAT is the Main way that it helps those who continue to be oppressed.

And the second way - which it saddens me that your missing - is that hundreds of thousands of people have chosen to donate money and time to help pakistanis because of Malala. people all around the world.

What more could one person POSSIBLY do to help those who continue to be oppressed?

I'm not sure - but I'm betting as this girl grows up she will find some new way to help.

Nasira Noor,
Jul 13, 2013 05:45pm

A new era of hope and promising future, full of bright, shining colorful lights of Education, has been initiated by the confidence inspiring, historical speech of 'teenaged', Malala.

akram
Jul 13, 2013 05:48pm

As a paper reader for decades I am rarely moved to tears. Malala certainly has achieved moving me to tears more than once. Tears aside we need to support this fund and help it to achieve its objectives.

Malala represents the true spirit of Pakistan, as embodied in its founders. Courage, tenacity and the ability to stand for the weak and what is right.

akram
Jul 13, 2013 05:56pm

@Feroz:

the point Malala is making is its up to all of us to do something. If you sponsor a childs education, or raise money for the Malala fund, or donate time to this cause, or have some way to assist this movement of educating these kids. It all helps someone somewhere escape the illiteracy and poverty. Malala is making a start at 16 years old. Its only right we should help her with both time and other resources.

Samar B
Jul 13, 2013 07:14pm

Happy birthday to Malala and all the very best for this remarkable young girl, on the verge of womanhood, and with so much of promise for Pakistan. She is already an adored brand-ambassador for Pakistan identified all over the world. She richly deserves being groomed for a leading role in Pakistan's top administration.

Perhaps the story of Malala also has a parallel story - the success of her determined father who appears publicly to groom her every step of the way - from her early diaries to her speech at the UN. This is what is possible if a parent devotes their entire attention to the upbringing of their child.

At the same time, it is a pity that Ziauddin Yousafzai, her father, would choose to hide Malala's mother away from the world, instead of projecting a modern face for the Pakistan family where the woman stands with equal rights beside her husband and children. That would have done oodles of good for Pakistan's image on the world stage. Opportunity lost!

ishfaq
Jul 13, 2013 07:57pm

Being a Pakistani and a social observer i had always been worried about the society of my country and the region. But, now i am hopeful that we have such a staunch advocate of education and on such a level. May Malala live long and keep up her sacred work.

ifti
Jul 13, 2013 07:58pm

@Feroz: All it takes is one courageous person, and she is that, 100 years from now, no one will care to remember Mehsud this and Waliur Rehman that. Malala will sure be remembered as one who overcame them.

Laxmi Narayan Patnaik
Jul 13, 2013 08:01pm

It is indeed a great news that Malala the god's child has done such a commendable job for the up-liftment of girl child education......my hats off Malala.....

Tanvir
Jul 13, 2013 08:03pm

It seems that Pakistan was indirectly disgraced with no Pakistani leader or representative accompnying her at the UN. Though the British Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General were all around her during, before & after her speech. What a disgrace for Pakistan from its world famous daughter. Not sure if she is still a Pakistani daughter or or a puppet of the world?

Awais
Jul 13, 2013 08:23pm

Malala is a very lucky girl to have survived a terrorist attack and now enjoys higher standards of living. Malala Day, however, has nothing to do with 'Girl Power' - it is rather Western Imperialist Power, for staging her as a heroine survivor from the Taliban and thereby distracting the masses from the real terrorism, that is Western imperialist invasions, wars and occupations in Muslim countries, in which thousands of girls and children are killed every day. Where is an "International Day" for them? Malala is another Western imperialist darling to keep the world happy and 'inspired' while the real terrorism continues. Remember this. Don't be fooled and keep focus of the bigger picture.

gangadin
Jul 13, 2013 08:38pm

She should return to Pakistan like Benazir did.

Samreen Sheikh,
Jul 13, 2013 08:48pm

@Samar B: Oh! No sir, no opportunity lost. This historic occasion gained us a lot, positively. You should note and see the mother of Ms Malala Yousufzai was sitting in the front row of the UN Youth Gathering with her father and little brother. One could only wish all of them a happy, peaceful prosperous long life full greater global achievements.

Samar
Jul 13, 2013 09:02pm

Hoping and praying the dream of education for every girl come true. It should not be just a dream.

ala
Jul 13, 2013 09:21pm

I silently felt for every unfotunate world. I hope some day malala is president of Pakistan

Feroz
Jul 13, 2013 09:24pm

@Hopeful4Pakistan: There is a very big difference in staying to fight and running to cut ones losses, hoping you can see the difference. That really is not much of an example because not all the girls from her background can run anywhere when they see and face terror.

ala
Jul 13, 2013 09:46pm

Will Malala secretary General of UN one day

Syed Zafar Kazmi
Jul 13, 2013 10:29pm

I do wish to say a few words to congratulate and compliment Malala for he her courage, great confidence, thoughts, eloquence and sincerity. I also compliment you for saying so well what you said. Malala sure is brilliant and a beacon of light in the midst of that dark shroud of deep ignorance that propels and is propelled by the cancerous extremism engulfing not only Pakistan but many other parts of the world.
I only hope and pray that this young, beautiful girl who has so much potential and capacity to offer the world is never deterred, and never silenced just as so many of her predecessors and likes have been before. Long live Malala to make her dreams come true. And, yes, not forgetting your constructive suggestions, I believe the most practical of it being the least expensive could be 60 minutes a week on the face book. I sure will try to get in touch with you and see how I may serve this noble cause.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A.

ejaz
Jul 13, 2013 10:31pm

Malala

A big drama

why u not remeber Afia

Munir Mian
Jul 13, 2013 11:13pm

@Feroz: An estimated five million children in Pakistan are unable to, or not permitted to go to school. Many are working to earn a rupee or two making mud bricks or hauling loads of brick making material all day long. No doubt a grass roots movement is required to wipe out poverty, prejudice against education, discrimination against poor people, etcemphasized text. Let us all hope Malala's speech will ignite a spark in a nation where literacy is a rare commodity. Mian

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune
Jul 13, 2013 11:16pm

Future PM of Pakistan, Pakistan have to wait for that more 20 years.

Naseer
Jul 13, 2013 11:20pm

@Samar B: I fully agree with the praise for her father. It is heart warming to see the love and pride he has in his eyes when he looks at Malala. Malala is very brave and her parents deserve a lot of credit for that as she herself said. As for her mother, I think she stays away out of her own choice because of our culture. But she was there during Malala's UN speech. My congratulations and best wishes to the whole family.

Naseer
Jul 13, 2013 11:25pm

Actually we have produced some great people. Jinah, Dr. Iqbal, Maulana Sattar Edhi, Mrs. Bilqees Edhi, Ansar Burni, Chipa, Malala Yousufzai & her parents, Dr. Adeeb Rizvi, our cricket, Hockey, Squash, snooker stars. All these people did what they did without much help from the state or from the rich people of our country. Unfortunately we are loosing all because of the corruption created by the rich people and because of Taliban.

Javaig Bashir
Jul 13, 2013 11:31pm

Malala was honored by world leaders at the UNO. She delivered an excellent speech to further her cause.We commend her the great thoughts that she expressed. She made the Pakistanis proud. She did not flindh for a second to talk anything else than giving her message of peace and education.

She showed her courage and ambition to work for the children of the world. She even included the children of Taliban for education. She spoke from her heart. The speech was punctuated by applause of the listeners.

Khan
Jul 14, 2013 12:10am

I'm really surprised that she had mentioned Jinnah, Gandhi and others alongside with the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Jesus. And if she has to mention those names. How in the the world she forgot the name of Badshah Khan, the champion of the non-violence movement, right from her homeland Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

S.A. Arshad
Jul 14, 2013 01:07am

Brilliant speech. However I think she should have done it in Urdu or Pushto as it would be understood properly in that region.

Schabboo Khan
Jul 14, 2013 01:10am

@Samar B: I think the woman sitting next to Ziauddin Yousafzai at the UN, wiping away her tears, is Malala's mom. Check 1:25 to 1:50 in the BBC video here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23291897

But good point!

Satyameva Jayate
Jul 14, 2013 01:46am

Every parent MUST make their children WATCH this speech. So that they can feel the heights a child can rise to. The link is at the end of Page 1.

Bia
Jul 14, 2013 01:53am

I admire malala a lot for her bravery but I admire those girls of my country even more who are still living and going to malala's old school in the face of terrorist threat. i admite those girls even more who still go to that area to give polio drops to kids even though five of their colleagues were shot two days after malala was shot. There are thousands of such examples, but unfornately they did not contact the foreign media so still living in poverty and facing these threats but going to school. I see it as a propaganda for making a ready made abroad raised PM for Pakistan similar to what has been happening in the past as I can see advised by many Indians as comments below. Good luck and a happy life to malala and her family living happily in UK now.

Samelson Jr.
Jul 14, 2013 02:22am

Malala was the star on all TV stations in the US yesterday. Some stations showed a picture of the Pakistan Education Minister giving a speech. He looked like the Taliban ans spoke like a moron.
Does anybody in Pakistan care about children, especially girls and their education?

gopal
Jul 14, 2013 02:52am

@Agnostic: You need not feel jealous about this little girl. West is in romance with India, as Mr.Najam Sethi, editor of THE FRIDAY TIMES said on youtube.

G.A.
Jul 14, 2013 03:24am

Malala is one courageous girls. Forget talking with confidence in front of millions of people. How many of us willing to take a bullet to our heads for our rights? Her bravery will be remembered by history. Taliban's 'bravery' of shooting school girls, will also be remembered by history.

G.A.
Jul 14, 2013 03:31am

Taliban must be the only militant organization throughout history to have stooped this low to pick a fight with a school girl !! If this is the extent of their 'bravery' then they have already lost the war.

Adeeb
Jul 14, 2013 05:50am

its amazing how much integrity she has and how inspirational her story is, definitely a world leader for the the world of tomorrow, GO MALALA!!

Yasir
Jul 14, 2013 06:38am

She was dressed appropriately - The content of the speech was good too. I just think she should have spoken in Urdu or Pushto with a translator.

satti
Jul 14, 2013 06:58am

I heard her speech on TV what a bold girl I wish the girls and women in Pakistan get serious about girls education and fight for it as a right.

ahmed41
Jul 14, 2013 09:35am

YES ! All girls need education. They have a right to to work as professionals ( just as the men-folk) They need to dress-up and to adopt the latest cosmetic fashions.

HOWEVER, the poor Taliban too need enlightenment >>>> urgently.

What can be done about changing the Taliban into tolerant citizens ???

nawaz goraya
Jul 14, 2013 11:54am

malala story sad ,but having said that,who exactly malala yousufzai is to attract so much internationl attention.what about the two other girls taht were injured in the same attack,even their names are not widely know,much less information about their parents,apart from the fact that they are out of the danger,there is little that wer know about their plight.are they not worthy of attention and sympathy.within days of asult on malala american troops killen three afghan childern on oct 14 in an arian attack in the nawa district in helmand province in afghanistan.it may not be adjoining swat valley but is not very far either from where malala was attcked. malalas father ziauddin yousufzai ,owns a number of for-profit schools while almost everything els in pakistan is going down the drain,for-profit schools and the closely related non-goverm org.(ngo)that are generously financed from abroad are thriving businesses(guess where the money from malala fund is going. the west prepaid and chose malala in early 2009,find a rich mans daughter,courgeous and willing to share her experiances of the threat by therik e talian against girls getting education, they had a code name for her gul makai(corn flower).has an one seen malalas mother,no,because she is kept in doors and ziauddin is so strict that she dont go public, why do you think malala was airlifted to cmh (militry hospital) and then to the uk.what about the other girls in thousands who are forced to be in plight.think....

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune
Jul 14, 2013 12:05pm

The Pakistani person who will marry with Malala He will be lucky person of Pakistan that He would got such a bravest and intelligent wife.

rajesham
Jul 14, 2013 12:28pm

Bravo Malala! We, indians also stand by you. Malala’s speech gives to the people of the world and particularly the people of the sub-continent the courage to fight against all forms of religious bigotry and obscurantism. Like the people in Pakistan & Afghanistan we in India also have to wage a struggle against our own variety of obscurantist forces. Malala’s bravery will surely instill confidence in us too.

Abdul Rehman
Jul 14, 2013 01:34pm

May Allah bless and protect Malala.

Tarique.Mahmood@gmail.com
Jul 14, 2013 02:06pm

@Samar: This dream can be seen by every parent and it can be acted upon by the parents, I believe that an educated mother is the source of education in any and every society, let us join the drive for education for the children and every one, not only in Pakistan but every third world country.

T.M

A shah
Jul 14, 2013 02:59pm

Well done my dear for standing up to the evil which roams our country, runs our country, is taught in our mosques and forced upon our young. All Pakistanis wish they could run away from this failed nation.

A.A.Noorani
Jul 14, 2013 03:28pm

@ranganath: A country where even the sitting President is preparing to run away as soon as or even before his term in office is completed ( As reported in today's edition of this very paper) why would Mala want to come back and provide the opportunity to the terrorists for a second shot at her life. She knows what opportunities are available to her outside of Pakistan as she has already started experiencing the same and finally achieve her big dreams with peace and grace and honor.Good luck Malala --Keep up the good work.

Ahsan
Jul 14, 2013 03:30pm

Very impressive speech of Malala though, but I am still indifference between two opinions. It has been widely rumored in Pakistan as well as on social media that Malala is a CIA agent who is being used to draw fake image of Taliban's by showing their brutal act against women education. Many a people says, here in Pakistan, that there is something hidden behind all this scene, Well it doesn't mean that I am in support of Taliban but it is hard to ascertain the truth that whether she was shot by Taliban.

Sajid
Jul 14, 2013 04:24pm

I don't appreciate her speech. She talked against taliban that was good she talked about education that was good. All i want to say is Malala u speech was will prepared but not bold. U muslim world is on the edge of distortion, muslims needed a voice in UN or any other platform from where people can be award the leaders of the world can be given something. Hopes that u will do so in next such gathering as this is your duty our duty and the duty of all Muslims.

Gerry D'Cunha
Jul 14, 2013 05:13pm

@Sajid: why would you appreciate her speech - you are the supporter of the taliban - the talibans have done more harm to islam and the muslims than any one else - think, is their any religion in the world except 'islam and muslims' who are causing problems everywhere specially in the muslim countries?

Ramsha Amir
Jul 14, 2013 05:17pm

I Hope Malana brings a change for the women in Pakistan. I live in Karachi which is a metropolitan city, still many girls do not go to school because their parents are afraid that if they do send them a guy will not marry her, so this mindset needs to be changed.

zalim singh
Jul 14, 2013 05:29pm

so?

Agha Ata
Jul 14, 2013 06:37pm

I am little interested in what she said whcih was like a highly- rich gumbo with ingredients and spices to please everyone. But I am most impressed the way she cooked the gumbo, I mean the way she delivered it, without any stage fright, with all the self- confidence of a mature leader, and besides, being the first Pakistani girl who appeared least carried away by the applause of the most brilliant and highly educated audience. (I would faint if that happened to me. :)) Her gestures, her posture, her clear voice, carried a kind of whip that you couldn't ignore. A word for the her helpers: It is so good to see that the beautiful image that they have created for Pakistan and Islam. I hope people really believe in these concepts.

blue water
Jul 14, 2013 06:58pm

Ms shabana you are trying hard to advocate in favor of malala, but just to remind you what she had done for children rights? except she and her whole family moved to uk and here father was giving a position violating merit in the pakistani high commission, if she is so much worried about education of children then why not her dad should come back to swat and run his school which he left over and preferred to enjoy a peaceful life in UK. secondly whatever she said was not her own words but she was given a well prepared speech and she was talking like a puppet the words which meaning probably she would also not know. everything was staged by her clever father just to claim asylum and live in UK

blue water
Jul 14, 2013 07:01pm

@Ravi Ingale from University of Pune: yes lucky of course, a chance to live in UK lolzz living in 1st world country and promoting educating education in the 3rd world country, what a drama malala and her father is.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Jul 14, 2013 07:20pm

After listening to Malala I feel proud to be a Pakistani-Canadian. While the scourge of intolerance and fanaticism must be eradicated completely , I also wish that the American imperialism stop wrecking the lives of many people of the world. It is really not only Malala but many who are struggling for girls' education. We should not be selective but also acknowledge the efforts of many "Malalas" fighting for girls' education. We should encourage them all.

Pankaj
Jul 14, 2013 08:17pm

@ahmed41: Nothing...Taliban is gone case......sooner you realize it, better.........

Malal e Pakistan
Jul 14, 2013 10:06pm

May she becomes true ambassador of Islam not another half baked representer of Islam commonly known as a "moderate". We have one extreme as Taliban and the other so called "moderate"!!!

Goga Nalaik
Jul 14, 2013 10:42pm

@gangadin:

and die like Benazir ?

psp
Jul 14, 2013 10:44pm

Yes. Whatever praises all the contributors heaped on Malala are fully deserving. But here are few question answers to which are crucial to Pakistan's future: Would Malala be allowed to go back to her country and carry on this struggle there as it is the girls of Pakistan who need the help most right now? If Malala does return to Pakistan will she be allowed to live her life in peace? or The Talib's will complete the mission they began when they shot her? Will the Pakistani establishment ( most importantly the security apparatus) will take up the cause that Malala is fighting for officially and see that all the Malala's of the Pakistan grow up into wonderful educated women and contribute to the growth of their country. The initial evidence ( one of the first acts of the new government was to hike the defence budget.. )suggests otherwise How long will the peace loving people of Pakistan be held to ransom by a small group of rabid people? ( Talib) and who will restore the " True Islam" which is a peace loving religion?

Optimist
Jul 14, 2013 10:54pm

@Sajid:

She was nothing short of amazing.

Her representation of Islam and Muslim leaders was beautiful. And she did that with the worlds attention which is more than any other Muslim has ever done on the world stage.

Muslims need to support one another at the moment, not criticise and bring eachother down. I think we have enough of that from non-muslims don't you?

Optimist
Jul 14, 2013 10:54pm

@Abdul Rehman: Ameen.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
Jul 14, 2013 11:51pm

She is no doubt a brave girl and we Pakistanis are proud of her. May GOD grant her long life and more courage.

shakeel ahmad
Jul 15, 2013 03:02am

@ejaz: Afia is a terrorist who left her husband then married the nephew of a known terrorist was left Karachi to live in Jalalabad because she found a good job there and its a better place for her family..... how many other women are in US custody? Dahl main zaroor Koch Kala hai,... now back to Malaga....what in her speech can you point to that was antiIslam or anti Pakistan or pro USA?

Khalid
Jul 15, 2013 03:22am

@Sajid: I can't believe anyone in Pakistan would ever say anything like you have said. Either you have no idea what you are talking about or you just wanted to say something so silly that it will ignite every one.

Naeem Syed
Jul 15, 2013 05:18am

There is a Malala in every home in Pakistan. Some are Lucky and some not but if the opertunity was there each would rise to meet her destiny. This is a remarkable Girl but this story is for the moment only, till the Media finds another sensation to focus on. but the real message that she is carrying it that our society cannot change until our women are educated and are economically independent. Islam is not about enslaving women, keeping them from education or shut away as chattel. Can any of the Mullas show me where it is written should be so treated. Men with that mentality are themselves the real ignoramuses. Shame on Us, Shame on our Courts Shame on our Government for tolerating this.

Nawas
Jul 15, 2013 07:36am

@rajesham:You are an idiot, Malala represents the struggle of a girl at Taliban strong holds.Why do you want to associate her with whole of South Asia.Tell me other than Taliban areas where do you find somebody threatening girls for attending school. Don't get excited and post stupid comments.

Nawas
Jul 15, 2013 07:39am

Why this unnecessary hype about Malala.Why was she allowed to give speech at UN.It's Taliban who harmed her why does she has to adress the world?

Imran
Jul 15, 2013 08:42am

@Feroz: Are you staying and fighting the Taliban 'ya siddigy' ?

Imran
Jul 15, 2013 08:54am

Just noticed from all the anti Malala comments, and the 'half baked' use of English language. Folks, most these commentators seem to Madrasa educated illiterates (also known as the Taliban).

Imran
Jul 15, 2013 09:04am

@Khan: The speech was given by a 16 year old girl to the world. I am sure lot of adults had helped write the speech. This is not the time to criticize, Mr. Khan. No wonder the 'Ummah' cannot get a step forward without one of us ready to pull someone down. Her mission is, fighting for the right of education for all girls, not some political agenda. Start your own movement.

Imran
Jul 15, 2013 09:06am

@ejaz: Mr. Ejaz, why you not get educated outside of madrasa?

Akil Akhtar
Jul 15, 2013 09:50am

@A.A.Noorani: The president wants to run away because without the protection of the office he would be in jail for the corruptio, a totally different reason.

Die Hard Karachi Guy
Jul 15, 2013 09:53am

@Ramsha Amir: Which Karachi do you live in ?

Sana Rashid
Jul 15, 2013 09:55am

Malala is a well planned fraud.just see her speech.seh is a well trained drama agnst Pakistan

pramod
Jul 15, 2013 10:01am

@Awais and @Sajid: Yaar aap kis type ke aadmi ho samajh me nahi aata. it is really unfortunate for Pakistan that people like you are there who always sees conspiracies in everything goes wrong in Pakistan but do not want to use your mind for understanding the situation.

mubeen
Jul 15, 2013 10:15am

why they always use only pakistani females they do't see indian females where every day thousand of womens victim of different issues.

Sarfraz
Jul 15, 2013 10:24am

When shot, Taliban denied that they shoot her for promoting women education, however, they admitted that they shoot her because of her anti-taliban stance. So women education was never the point of argument !! The western media hype gave this incidence dimensions of their liking - and we as usual followed it.

Naseema Perveen
Jul 15, 2013 10:25am

i highly appreciate and fully support Malala for her efforts, bu i do not know why people called her as exteranl agent could any body explain it?

Roze
Jul 15, 2013 11:08am

A 16 year old girl can make this all? how? itsss ridiculous...

Tajmeer
Jul 15, 2013 12:59pm

Malala is just another drama of like before Mukhtara mai. West only want to blame Pakistan and Muslims.

Syed
Jul 15, 2013 01:53pm

Any nation, any father would be proud to have such brave and intelligent daughter. Hope one day our sick conspiracy theorists will realize this.

Shoaibsheikho,
Jul 15, 2013 02:27pm

@Feroz: For the noble cause of educating all the boys and girls, it seems to be as if wishing for the moon, something impossible to achieve in peculiar Pakistani circumstances because of religious prejudice and sectarian politics due to which even small boys and girls were ousted from their institutions. The Mullah has put so much pressure on authorities of education boards, that the admission/exam. forms also contain columns to mention the religion/faith of even the kids of nursery classes. God may bless and help save the lives of the people of the luckless country of its founder, Mr. Jinnah and the confidence-inspiring our dear daughter Malala. Yes! Malala you are the future hope of Pakistani nation.Long live the Ideals of Jinnah and Malala.

thepakiman
Jul 15, 2013 02:47pm

@A shah: How interesting...in one sentence you condemned our mosques and ridicule my country...must be from the other side of town ahi?

Qasim
Jul 15, 2013 04:44pm

@Gerry D'Cunha: what about drone attacks ? thousand of children s are been put to death every day . Why don't u raise voice for them ?

Harkol
Jul 15, 2013 06:55pm

I live in Bangalore. I watched this speech live along with my two daughters. My children (and their school mates) are so inspired by this young woman, words can't explain it.

There are so many in Pakistan who question what Malala has achieved! They really can't fathom the kind of worldwide support & respect she commands. Especially when even in small villages of India, she is known and loved.

Just because the people you consider enemy (India, US, UK or who ever) likes a fellow citizen, she doesn't become part of a conspiracy. Just because she chooses to talk about abysmal state of Education in Pakistan, she doesn't become anti-pakistan. Just because she talks against Taliban, she doesn't become pro-drone attack (Not that she shouldn't be!).

If Pakistanis had any sense they would celebrate her for what she is - A HERO.

kdspirirted
Jul 15, 2013 07:11pm

Fight for your daughters, mothers, sisters and wives right to proper education. They are the future mothers of our next generation. Leaving them deprived of education means centuries of darkness and a hopeless next generation. Educated mother means educated children, world and civilizations

Optimist
Jul 15, 2013 07:51pm

A bit confused why she's not more popular within Pakistan. Do Pakistanis even realise how much positive press she's giving Pakistan?

Optimist
Jul 15, 2013 07:52pm

@Yasir: she was addressing the world, and to communicate with the world English is the most accessible language. If she was speaking only to Pakistanis than I would agree with you.

thepakiman
Jul 16, 2013 01:49pm

In a culture where heroes are worshiped like false gods and idols are reseracted...here is another Ann Frank for you...its not news to any Pakistani that education is important, the comments on here are no different just like everywhere else who are riding the malala band wagon...just a shame!