MALALA Yousufzai has been awarded a prestigious peace prize for her courage and determination. Malala was the latest in a line of notable recipients of the Tipperary International Peace Award.

In her acceptance speech before an audience of around 200 in Irish town of Tipperary, she appealed to governments around the world to change laws that discriminate against women and children.

She also said she would rather be remembered as someone who campaigned for the equal right to education than as someone shot by the Taliban. Martin Quinn, Tipperary Peace Convention secretary, said he was delighted the teenager had agreed to accept the award in person.

“Malala now joins the illustrious list of past recipients of the peace prize, which includes former prime minister of Pakistan, the late Benazir Bhutto,” he said.

Malala was hit just above her left eye by a bullet which grazed the edge of her brain.

She was eventually airlifted to Britain and treated at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The teenager has remained in the UK, where she returned to school in March and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education.—Monitoring Desk

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Javed
August 22, 2013 8:11 am

Could not change home but wants to change the world.

sagacious
August 22, 2013 8:24 am

Which peace? Where?

Rajab Ali
August 22, 2013 10:21 am

Without taking away any credit for her stance and sacrifice, the west never let go any opportunity to use Malala and Mukhtaran Mai like people to cover their millions of killing all over the world.

Nasim
August 22, 2013 10:51 am

Enough of Malala. She will play victim forever. I am so sick and tired of 13th Century Politics in Pakistan

Cosmic Lion
August 22, 2013 2:28 pm

You go Malala! These fundamentalists' faith can be shaken by a 10 yr child!

ismaeel khan
August 22, 2013 2:38 pm

peace is pro active approach of saving lives, what about ones who are involved is reactive approach of saving lives, I am referring to Abdul Sattar Edhi ,without exaggeration he deserves a Nobel prize for each year of his life for what he has doing and been doing. Malala is getting good publicity, and Edhi's sb efforts been taken for granted.

santzzurich
August 22, 2013 4:52 pm

Government should inlcude these kind of heoic people's history in the school text book, that will inspire the future generation. History only mark remarkable people

Noor
August 22, 2013 6:04 pm

@Rajab Ali: Very well said

Akram
August 22, 2013 6:20 pm

For those ready to criticise Malala I ask you, before opening your mouth. What have you done for Pakistan?

the critics generally do nothing but talk. That is why we are in the mess we are in, too many talkers not enough do-ers.

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar de khkulo khar
August 22, 2013 7:06 pm

@ismaeel khan:

I agree with the part or Edhi sahab getting an award. No one is trying to compare these 2. There is a difference between Malala and him. He is a saint like humanitarian and Who dedicated his life to serve human kind and she is a child peace activist who almost lost her life to get her message across. They both are Pakistani role models in my humble opinion.

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar de khkulo khar
August 22, 2013 7:09 pm

@Nasim:

Nasim,

You sound jealous or you are just a simple individual. Either way, get some help.

Afzaal
August 22, 2013 7:11 pm

I am appaled at some of the comments, what else does our nation want from this girl. She got a bullet in her head for speaking up the truth, does anyone else in our messed up nation have courage to even speak up against what's actually going on in the country. Instaed of blaming the little girl look at your own actions. She deserves peace award and I hope she gets more.....

Afzaal
August 22, 2013 7:12 pm

@Javed: You expect a teen age girl to change the entire nation. What are you doing to make a change she got a bullet and you only sit behind your computer write trash..

veryoldlahori
August 22, 2013 7:13 pm

@Nasim: then welcome to the 21st century politics of lying to your electorate, going to war and killing by drones whomever you want where ever you want.

Riaz
August 22, 2013 7:16 pm

There are 100s of people that strive to get educated, and them gets killed ... no one ever talks about them ... Malala just started blogging and got famous ... enough of Malala now ... what peace has she brought to the country? What has she done to educate the girls? Just voicing is out doesn't make any difference ... sitting outside of the country, it is very easy to say things ... if that is what makes one a hero, then give awards to Altaf Hussain ... he's been sitting outside of the country and says things every day, but doesn't do anything. Malala is just like that! I am now downplaying her story ... but enough is enough ... she's gotten enough publicity ... now it is time for someone to do something rather than just talking.

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad
August 22, 2013 9:27 pm

Enough is enough. Do not forget the lady who was killed by Land grabbing criminals in Karachi. Who kept on working for poor people besides threats and finally giving her life. Malala happened to be there, nothing more than that.

M Khaleeq
August 22, 2013 9:27 pm

Don't worry Malala, enemies of Pakistan are against you. Carry on with your mission, You are the Voice of every single deprived Girl in the whole world.

M Khaleeq
August 22, 2013 9:37 pm

@ismaeel khan: Not fair to compare 16 year Malala's education for young girls of the World. Abdul Sattar Edhi's contribution are great for the humanity in general. His contribution are mainly in Pakistan and probably some countries abroad. Malala's campaign is for the young girls of the whole World.

gangadin
August 22, 2013 10:24 pm

Malala and her father should return to Pakistan and campaign for the education of women and children in Waziristan.

Joe
August 22, 2013 10:38 pm

@Rajab Ali:

(Quoting you) " Without taking away any credit for her stance and sacrifice, the west never let go any opportunity to use Malala and Mukhtaran Mai like people to cover their millions of killing all over the world." (end quote)

Nonsense. Can you name one award given to her by any "human rights" organization in an eastern or Muslim country? Any real, tangible, actual award for human rights? At least organizations in "the west", which you so readily condemn, have the care and guts to actually do something real and tangible for her and the causes she represents.

It's so easy for you to ignore the positive and instinctively point the finger of blame elsewhere.

Joe

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Fulan Kishwar
August 23, 2013 12:18 am

Education is good because knowledge is good. Knowledge is light. But if we leave it up to the "First World", the education that they will make compulsory will be the one that limits the minds of children to just the physical and material world... it does not allow them the freedom to encompass the worlds beyond the physical, precisely those worlds that give meaning and purpose to life, that make the concepts of truth, goodness, and beauty to be objective realities and not just subjective notions that are relative and arbitrary. Malala is young, and one can only hope that her Western benefactors will allow her to gain a true education that includes the metaphysical and ethical aspects of reality. Perhaps then she can have a better understanding of how the enterprise of education has become a tool in the hands of the secular-liberal Empire, mainly for the purposes of indoctrination and for the benefit of their economic hegemony.

Ravi
August 23, 2013 12:54 am

@Nasim: Malala is a light in otherwise dark Pakistan, caught in fundamentalism, intolerance among different sects of Islam and 7th century culture. We should be supporting her fight against taliban who are bent on keeping girls uneducated in addition to terrorising innocent fellow muslims.

zafarov
August 23, 2013 2:48 am

@Nasim: Malala is no victim nor does she need to pretend to be one. She has triumphed against the death worshipping TTP with such incredible valour, determination and strength of character that the world was astonished. When the cowardly assassins shot her and left her for dead, she rose again like a Phoenix. Today she has become a global icon of courage, enlightenment and justice and also an inspiration, especially for children all around the world.

asad
August 23, 2013 3:56 am

@santzzurich: Don't you think she is being used against Pakistan, She is still a kid and is used to destroy the image of Pakistan

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August 23, 2013 5:21 am

Well done, MALALA Yousufzai" you are brave hero of Pakistan and bright future of children's education rights through all over the world.

NASAH (USA)
August 23, 2013 5:37 am

@Nasim: Actually -- Malala is a refreshing change of 21st century politics in a 13th century country.

Raheem Uddeen
August 23, 2013 3:53 pm

AWARD for Malala, being USED as an agent for the WEST...! What about those innocent children, boys and girls or all ages being killed in DRONES attacks? No one is even counting, let alone any help or justice being brought forward. DRONES attacks are carried out by proven International Terrorists and criminals sitting in Washington and London and no one is accountable while awards after awards are being offered to people such as Malala and her father.!

AHA
August 23, 2013 4:31 pm

@ismaeel khan: I agree that one simply cannot compare the efforts of Abdul Sattar Edhi with the blogs and speeches of Malala. Edhi Sabeh belongs to a different league.

But one also cannot derecognize the need to do something to save the future generations of Pakistan, to secure the rights of women and girls, and to somehow re-humanize the people of Pakistan. Malala might just be a figurehead (or even a puppet) in these efforts, but these are very, very important issues, and Malala, just by her being there, is playing a very important role.

Maserati
August 23, 2013 6:17 pm

@asad: "The west is destroying the image of Pakistan" Really, I think we are doing a fine job of it ourselves!

zafarov
August 23, 2013 10:01 pm

@gangadin: Why? So that the TTP gets another opportunity to assassinate Malala and also her father?

Dinesh
August 23, 2013 10:59 pm

@asad: lol ... "destroy the image of Pakistan" what image buddy ? yes now people may say ‘ …such brave girls live in barbaric Pakistan’ else they would have said ‘barbaric Pakistan’ and moved to next topic ... what do you like to hear?

Dinesh
August 23, 2013 11:02 pm

@Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad: just happened to be there ..... what would you do if you happened to be in her place?

Munaf
August 24, 2013 4:06 am

Great public relations propaganda. Kudos must go to you all.

hamid
August 24, 2013 5:19 am

@Maserati: how the west is destroying plz explain it

utpal dutta
August 24, 2013 6:42 am

Congrat Malala. Hopefully someday you can run for the prime minister or the president of your country. We all are proud of you around the world. Alla gives more power and courage to you.

shafeeq
August 24, 2013 12:04 pm

Hope for the malala but I advise you just come back Pakistan and do the something good for girls in KP etc.

shafeeq
August 24, 2013 12:04 pm

Hope for the malala but I advise you just come back Pakistan and do the something good for girls in KP etc.

Arshad Mahmood
August 24, 2013 12:30 pm

Right of life is more important then right of education. Mala should ask west to stop drones attack on innocent people and children. Then everyone see that west is really respecting her or not. Then we see the value of Malala in the eyes of west.

human
August 24, 2013 1:44 pm

@santzzurich: please i am a pakistani and i know how west use such people , as they have been using our politicians and army people ,,, MAlala on text books hahaha please if u dont know about pakistan dont write about it

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