Hating Malala

Published Oct 13, 2013 08:16am

WHY do they hate her so? At least with the TTP it isn’t hard to figure out: Malala has publicly and powerfully defied them. But why do so many ordinary, seemingly normal folk hate her?

Shame is an obvious possibility. Malala is the world’s most famous teenager. Her bravery and idealism have inspired millions. And yet, we’ve only had the privilege of witnessing Malala’s bravery and idealism because Pakistan has become the kind of place where a teenage girl is shot in the face for speaking about a girl’s right to education.

That’s pretty grotesque stuff, and something the haters know the rest of the world fawning over Malala is aware of.

But shame doesn’t cut it as an explanation. For where’s the rage against the TTP then? If the victim has earned scorn for unwittingly bearing testimony to the monstrousness that stalks this land, then why not opprobrium for the perpetrators too?

No, it feels less like guilt and shame and more like resentment. Resentment against a teenager shot in the face for speaking about a girl’s right to education?

Surely, that’s not what your average Pakistani has been reduced to? The easy — and to some, the obvious — answer is: yes, that is in fact what we have become.

In part because the implications of the simple answer are too horrifying to dwell on and also because simple explanations rarely fit something as complicated as societal perceptions, let’s try and search for a fuller explanation.

Why are so many ordinary, seemingly normal people consumed with anti-Malalaism?

It’s fair to say that your average Pakistani isn’t terribly impressed by the state. He loves Pakistan, he is attached to the land that comprises Pakistan, he fiercely believes in Pakistan as an idea, but when it comes to that most basic of questions in the state-society equation — how well does your state serve your needs? — he is not terribly impressed.

Nor should he be. Pakistan is a declining state. The ability of the state to positively intervene in people’s lives or to create an environment that allows people to pursue their life priorities as they see fit has been in decline for years, decades.

Forget the Taliban for a minute. It’s the everyday stuff that the state is supposed to provide the most that the state is failing at the most.

Basic security in neighbourhoods and homes? It’s been outsourced to the citizenry, rural and urban: higher walls, stronger gates and, for those who can afford it, personal guards.

Education and health? It’s been outsourced to the private sector, rural and urban: fee-charging schools, after-school tuition, private clinics, expensive medicines.

Justice? Fuggedaboutit. Water? Which brand of bottled water would you prefer? Entertainment or sport? Head to your nearest mall. Parks? See your local land grabber first. Public transport? Take your pick between a deathtrap on wheels or on rails. Sanitation? For Chrissake. Electricity?

If it ended at that, perhaps it would be all right. But your average Pakistani doesn’t just have to turn to the private market for virtually everything the state ought to be providing, he has to spend to protect himself from a predatory state.

Direct spending when it comes to dealing with, say, the lower judiciary and the police; indirect spending when it comes to dealing with, say, the health fallout of businesses and industries that pollute.

It sucks to be a Pakistani in Pakistan. And it sucks, largely, because the state is in decline.

A declining state engenders no love or loyalty. If the corpus of its laws and rules fails to create a system that delivers meaningfully and positively, why should the average citizen automatically rally to that system’s defence when it is under threat?

Sixty-six years into an irreversible experiment, the state — its structure, its systems, its rules — is still up for negotiation because the state has failed to make an irrefutable case to its people that the present structure, system and rules are the only ones that can work for Pakistan.

We’re still collectively standing around the drawing board, unconvinced by the model scrawled across it. And when you’re still stuck at the drawing-board stage, there’s always the possibility that someone will elbow their way to the board, chalk in hand, and present a different model.

Enter the Taliban.

Ever wonder why the pro-talks brigade is so quiet about what exactly can be negotiated with the Taliban? As in, what can we offer them in return for them ceasing their violence?

It’s fairly obvious: the bits about Islam. Tweak a few laws here and there, suggest some modifications to the judicial process, bring religion yet more explicitly into the functioning of the state — where’s the harm in any of that?

That’s the problem with a state that has failed to stamp an irreversible identity for itself. By staying in the realm of the abstract, of the negotiable and re-negotiable, it opened the door to an alternative discourse, a replacement theory.

Folk may hate the Taliban’s violence, but few would in principle argue against the Taliban’s basic idea for the state: more religion will lead to peace, security and maybe even prosperity.

What does any of that have anything to do with Malala? Why hate a young girl with so evidently a beautiful mind and spirit?

Because she speaks of the old model, of a state that is rooted in universal and modern principles and tenets, that delivers equally to all without recourse to religion. But there’s a new theory in town and it’s spread far and wide in this land of ours.

The Taliban have never been and will never be the principal threat to the Pakistani state as it was once conceived, but that failed to materialise. It’s the shared belief between the Taliban and the public in the essence of the Taliban mission that is the principal threat.

For better or worse, a state can’t exactly swap out swathes of its population and replace them with new citizens. But a state can, in theory at least, eliminate the purveyors of an ideology that make it possible for so many to hate a teenage girl who was shot in the face for speaking about a girl’s right to education.

But can an already declining state do any such thing? Long live the Taliban! Down with Malala!

The writer is a member of staff.

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Mohammad Talha
Oct 13, 2013 10:41am

This is a wonderful article and a brave attempt to recount State's utter failure in fulfilling its obligations!

Khubaib
Oct 13, 2013 11:49am

I'll still go with shame. A key point you missed is that virtually all the Malala-haters online, and I suspect most off line, cannot come to terms with the fact that there remain parts of the land where girls are denied education, that this is disastrous for the girls, the communities and indeed for the future of this country.

KammiKameen
Oct 13, 2013 12:54pm

@Cyril: You're also forgetting that if Malala was a boy instead, Pakistan's reaction would be a shade different.

Jazzy
Oct 13, 2013 01:38pm

Very nice excerpt! Unfortunately, your voice will remain unheard, because we have become so shameful and miserable. Those who are losers, who couldn't do anything for country are now mocking Malala.

Fouad Khan
Oct 13, 2013 01:51pm

I think one of the main reasons Malala doesn't get the same respect in Pakistan as she does oversees is because culturally, we don't buy into or understand the whole "one-defining-moment-of-courage" narrative about heroism. I think it's a very western concept, inspired perhaps by Hollywood's fervor for "climatic" moments. For us a hero have to have a history of sustained accomplishment so long it becomes a part of who he or she is.

When Pakistanis look at Malala, they see a girl who was going to school under risky circumstances - like millions of other kids like her in Pakistan, not just in the north but even in cities like Karachi... so big whoopiddy doo there! She was shot by the Taliban... that's not really an accomplishment, just a travesty. And she goes around making scripted speeches full of cliches (Pakistanis have an ear for trite statements and generally have little but ridicule for anyone who makes them, politicians included) all over the world - an opportunity rather than an act of courage. When a Pakistani kid or parent looks at Malala they don't think -what a brave girl for doing what she's doing- they think, well I do the same everyday, how come I don't get flown to New York first class to speak in front of the UN? I think that's where the resentment comes from, that the opportunities she's been getting are disproportionate to either her accomplishments or talent to be honest - she doesn't look like she's particularly smart or wise beyond her age (at least to Pakistanis).

Parvez
Oct 13, 2013 04:01pm

You have the gift..... of cutting through the fog and seeing the light. Both the military and the politicians have failed. So now the people are looking at the far right not as so much as a replacement but with the concept of cutting your nose to spite your face ......out of sheer frustration.

Ozz777
Oct 13, 2013 04:35pm

I think the explanation is simpler, Cyril. For the last few decades, we've been taught that the West is no friend of ours, that it is our enemy intent upon causing the decay of our lofty morals and ideals (no matter how much aid it gives us or how desperately many of us try to move there). So an endorsement of any person by the West implies that that person is at best misguided and being used as a pawn against us, or at worst their agent knowingly trying to corrupt our younger generation (especially women).

There might of course be an element of jealousy as well. Malala has been to a lot of places the average Pakistani dreams of visiting (or living in!) but can't.

Haq
Oct 13, 2013 04:37pm

They hate Malala because she is talking about the facts of her life and not projecting an image of Pakistan that a small educated minority wants the west to think is the norm because their aspirations of what Pakistan should be seen as is much shinier and more glamorous than what happened to a paindu girl from a village that obviously 10% of developed Pakistan is not like. We the 10% of Pakistan get to show the west a happy, green field. Not some paindu pahardi larki who has no right to represent 90% of Pakistan.

Anita Turab
Oct 13, 2013 05:18pm

If this is true then we are living in frightening times when hatred is the most common and overpowering emotion stirred within ordinary people struggling through their ordinary lives and waiting for some miracle (read Imran Khan) to save them. Since that miracle is turning out to be nothing more than a shooting star the resentment and hatred for extraordinary people is the only emotion available to the ordinary majority. This is indeed scary as we are then living among people who rejoice and other people's misery and are miserable when they witness success and happiness.

sheikh khalid jameel
Oct 13, 2013 05:27pm

why i hate her ?

because from very first day her movement and behavior look like she and her so called father are under Yahoodi lobby and looks like they are acting as directed by their foreign masters

maha
Oct 13, 2013 05:31pm

There's a huge conspiracy running against her, which many folks believe. I want to know how much of it is the truth. Because there's no smoke without fire; the way our country is being run these days, and how low our countrymen can stoop easily, sadly, it won't shock me if it turns out to be true.

Roger
Oct 13, 2013 07:14pm

Cyril - Great blog! Gets the points across like a knife through butter. As a long-time admirer of your writings, wish I saw more from you!

Roger

Addy
Oct 13, 2013 07:43pm

As I often deride my libertarian friends who clamour for a weaker state and 'freedom' from 'big government': "careful what you wish for!"

Nightowl
Oct 13, 2013 07:43pm

Fantastic writing. Lucid and crystal clear - both in prose and in content, as always. Cyril, hats off, this one was particularly on the mark. About Malala, I see that she is becoming more ambitious - which by itself it not a bad thing. The issue is - she wants to be the PM. Now, that's many years in the making, even theoretically speaking. But how will she, who has no fans on the Taliban side and more importantly, on the public side make it through even the campaign, alive? Not even the great Benazir survived her ruthless opponents from the state (army) and the extremists. A long way to go indeed. But, the shaky foundations of the state that got progressively weaker in the last 66 years is being elbowed out by the powerful but ominous duo - the nuclear doctrine and religion, in its most literal format. And by the time Malala even comes of age to give her leadership ambitions a go, the foundation genies are going to be fully out of the bottle and much stronger for anyone to structurally change, let alone making an attempt. Dark clouds for Pakistan, the rest of the region and the world at large.

yousafhaque
Oct 13, 2013 08:02pm

@Author:::I beg to say that it is not Malala that most Pakistanis 'Hate'.People in general do not like what she preaches because they have seen the treatment received,at the hands of the state,by those who believe in true knowledge.It is no secret that an educated person has either to go abroad to earn bread for his family or he has to serve some illiterate 'Seth' as his slave.All this makes everyone HATE education.I think

Concerned citizen
Oct 13, 2013 08:34pm

I was looking for a profound answer to a very simple question from your article. But it seems to me that you didn't quite conclude your analysis with the question you pose in your thesis :/ Why do Pakistanis hate Malala? Why defend a state or system that has failed us? This girl is not rooting for the West; she spoke up for all the girls in Pakistan. Moreover, I sincerely believe the "idea of a state" by the taliban is better left in the far distant corners of the universe with lock and key, away from my beloved country!

BRR
Oct 13, 2013 08:28pm

The people are sympathetic to the cause of imposing Islam - if this is not clear by now, it will be shocking. People want what the Taliban want, damn the malalas who get in the way.

iram
Oct 13, 2013 08:56pm

I think part of it also that in Pakistan the 'character' of any woman becomes suspicious when she starts speaking out about social issues, especially if they have anything to do with improving women's status in society. That this is considered subversive by most Muslims is not surprising since Islamic edicts clearly ascribe a place to women in society which is supposed to be subservient to men; their prime achievement obedience. It is understandable for men to want to continue the status quo since it offers them so many priviliges based on their gender. Why women are falling over themselves in condemning her is beyond me. Maybe they want to subconsciously prove their loyalty to their 'superior' male owners so that they ensure the continuity of the protective custody which so many women consider necessary for a 'respectable' life. Or maybe they are just smoothing a path to a better after-life by being 'obedient' women.

Ussama Yaqub
Oct 13, 2013 10:09pm

Fantastic article. Wonderful. The state of Pakistan has and continues to fail it's citizens.

Imran B
Oct 13, 2013 10:19pm

Very eloquently put, the author has shown a very clear picture of the nay sayers' mindset. I can be less frustrated by listening to the right wing (religion wearing robots).

Maria Faraz
Oct 13, 2013 11:42pm

You have hit the nail on the head. As a psychologist, I've been wondering for days where all this hatred is stemming from (I would also like to say that I've never been more ashamed of the kind of language being used for malala). But only one word for it "resentment"...

observer
Oct 13, 2013 11:53pm

Because she speaks of the old model, of a state that is rooted in universal and modern principles and tenets, that delivers equally to all without recourse to religion.

Hey! That is 'Secularism'. No wonder Pakistanis hate her.

And it is un-Constitutional too.

GDG
Oct 14, 2013 12:38am

cyril writes (para 19) that "66 years into an irreversible experiment the state --its structure............ up for negotiation b'cause the state has failed.....( to make a case ) to its people that the present structure.........(can) work (for the benefit of the people) of pakistan.......". the bengalis probably realised this within a few years of 1947,and opted out of the federation early, at a great cost to blood and treasure. the post 1947 indian muslims too must have understood this. they want immigration or work visas to mid-east and white christian countries, but not for the rump of the country created so generously by Jinnah for south asian muslims. even the sunni kashmiri seperatist leadership like gilani, mirwaiz, lone et.al have long realized that unlike in balochistan they dont get ' disappeard ', so why leave the luxurious lifestyle of the valley for the unknown climes of muzzaffarabad.

cyril (if not a nom-de-plume) is obviously a non muslim and a very couragous one at that for having written boldly his views, while malala a female and a muslim is acknowledged internationally for her courage, in stating boldly her views on female education and nearly getting killed for it. to both and to DAWN for its boldness in publishing such write-up my "salaams'.

Zubia
Oct 14, 2013 12:47am

Thank you for articulating so clearly and sharply the main issues facing Pakistan. Love your writing and always look forward to your thoughts. I think one issue you missed was the patriarchal and class-based nature of Pakistani society. I think a lot of men (and women) are plain jealous of this bit of a girl, a nobody really in this hierarchy-obsessed society. She came out of nowhere, a mere teachers daughter, and overshadowed the men, and the rich and mighty. Imagine for a moment and replace Malala with Fatima Bhutto. Would we have reacted so strongly?

Naseer
Oct 14, 2013 03:58am

@sheikh khalid jameel : You mean to say what Taliban did is right. I can only sympathize with people who think like that.

G.A.
Oct 14, 2013 04:29am

If it's the resentment against the state's failure then how do you explain this attack on Malala from seemingly educated, English-speaking and possibly Residing in the West, Pakistanis who are active on social media too?

Ram Krishan sharma
Oct 14, 2013 05:31am

@Ozz777: I read in Times Of India news that now Malala is better off by US$ 200 million. All thanks to Taliban.

S. Roy
Oct 14, 2013 08:05am

@KammiKameen: If Malala was a boy, NONE of this would have happened!!

Tariq K Sami
Oct 14, 2013 09:53am

The response from Pakistani Politicians was good. Zardari has already given her Benazir's dopata. Prime Minister Nawaz Sherrif was magnanimous too unlike Shahbaz Sherrif who said some unsavory things after her UN speech and soon realised that girls outside the Sherrif household can be smart too. Nice thing he kept his mouth shut this time. So Imran also said some thing nice. Malala was invited to the White House to meet Obama and his family. Every TV channel has interviewed her including Diane Sawyer and Christiana Amanpur and Jon Stewart. They all wanted her to win the Noble Prize. The World Bank has donated 200 million dollars to Malala Fund. For a tenth grader from a remote area of Pakistan she is pretty smart. The West has its own agenda and yet it should not deter us from appreciating her efforts. It is not easy to face the press in Europe and American. Credit must be given to her father who ran the girls school in Swat and who has coached her so well and for his courage and vision for girls education. Lets not forget the enemy here is a cowardly Pashtoon man who attacked an unarmed girl. That's what the West is telling the TTP and the rest of the world. Buried in the blitz are the countless Malalas killed in this civil war that is waging in Pakistan and from the Drones. I think some good may come out of Malala's effort for Pakistan but I am definite no good will come from the Taliban. Who knows she may just be a new Benazir for Pakistan.

azmat
Oct 14, 2013 11:08am

This nation (if it ever was one) has travelled too far in its misery. So over come by cynicism that people can no longer celeberate a sucess, even when it is for their own good.....

illawarrior
Oct 14, 2013 11:31am

In Australia, we call it "The Tall Poppy Syndrome". Basically it amounts to jealousy of anyone who manages to rise above their peers. Malala has risen from being an unknown girl in a small village, to a name known around the world, and other unknowns hate that she managed to achieve that. The rest of the world congratulates her, and hopes she lives long enough to bring some of her dreams to fruition.

illawarrior
Oct 14, 2013 11:32am

@sheikh khalid jameel : If someone directed you to be shot in the face .... would you do it???

illawarrior
Oct 14, 2013 11:42am

@Khubaib: Perhaps many Malala haters think education should not be available to girls?

iram
Oct 14, 2013 03:04pm

@KammiKameen: If she was a boy she would not have been banned from going to school. So what's your point?

dL70
Oct 14, 2013 03:18pm

A mirror to our impotence, maybe ?

Haiqa Aziz
Oct 14, 2013 06:49pm

Malala is not a good girl. she is an american agent that's why every Pakistani hate her...!

Tariq K Sami
Oct 14, 2013 08:19pm

@sheikh khalid jameel : You are too confused and probably too depressed to think straight. Have some courage and speak up for the truth. I resent that you call this a Jewish Lobby conspiracy. Did they tell that cowardly Pashtoon to shoot an unarmed Pashtoon girl.

Rational
Oct 14, 2013 09:09pm

Tell me this... who would have deserved the Nobel Peace Prize more... Abdul Sattar Edhi or Malala?

Roxana R
Oct 14, 2013 09:42pm

This seems as good reasoning as any other explanation for hatred of Malala. But let us, as reasonable people who feel we are spiritual, look at hatred itself. To me, actions guided by hatred are wrong, repugnant and unacceptable. If one allows hatred to dominate one's life, I believe, one is wasting the opportunities given to us by God or Allah or whatever you might call our Supreme Being. I refuse to believe that God wants us to hate and kill one another. If I listen to speech filled with hatred, I turn away, whether it is from a so-called person of religion, a politician or a neighbor. I want no part of hatred.

Riaz Khoso
Oct 14, 2013 11:00pm

i think pakistanis do not hate Malala but they are puzzled about her very quick publicity, because in Pakistan its very difficult to get fame. May be back up from west making Malala as an agent of the imperialists becuase she is sitting in their lap.

Lady Baloch
Oct 15, 2013 01:38am

Your criticism is sound. I feel that this hate for Malala is a display of this - deep hate for all females that exists in pretty much all third world countries. In Pakistan this misogyny is deeply rooted and entrenched in the very social and religious ideology (see: the constitution for evidence of laws that discriminate against women blatantly). No doubt there is a deep scorn for women in this nation of ours that unmasks its face every so often quite publicly and shamelessly.

Saad Memon
Oct 15, 2013 03:18am

Just Read This Report of your own http://dawn.com/news/1048776

Thinker
Oct 15, 2013 04:55am

I wish people write educating articles in Urdu language or easy to understand English as well. We need to educate masses and most of them don't understand English too well .

Nizar
Oct 15, 2013 08:58am

@GDG: Cyril is not a nom de plume. He is one of Pakistan's treasured journalist, a Christian by faith, who loves his country deeply and writes boldly about what ills Pakistan and its society. He is in the same league as Nadeem Paracha, another of our courageous journalist and blogger, a personal favorite.

Madeeh Ur Rehman
Oct 15, 2013 10:04am

Malala proved to be a litmus test of our society and our individual decency. Malala, live long and prosper!!!

Frolic
Oct 15, 2013 03:14pm

Since the shooting of Malala, western politicians and media alike have seized upon a very profitable

Hasan
Oct 15, 2013 04:19pm

Hmm.. May be because no self respecting sovereign nation would accept foreign influence in its politics. Malala pictured with the President of a country that has encouraged a nine year war in Pakistan and then saying she would like to come back and join politics. Ooh, I wonder what that is?

fonzarelli
Oct 15, 2013 09:49pm

I think it's more contempt towards the foreign institutions, who are using her message for equal education as a means of portraying the WHOLE of Pakistan as a backward morally corrupt nation. They make no distinction between the people who are fighting in her cause to initiate change and the worthless terrorists who attempted to take her life. In this case, she seems to be unwittingly (at no fault of her own) playing an indirect part, although her Father seems more interested in boasting about the accolades and the diplomats/celebrities he has come into contact than the message itself.

independentthinker
Oct 15, 2013 11:10pm

@Rational: With all due respect to Abdul Sattar Edhi, how can you possibly compare the two? What Mr. Edhi has done is the most noble thing - however, it cannot be compared to a 15 year old girl being shot and almost killed, just because she wanted to get education - just because she wants to rid illiteracy from our country - just because she wants our people to be able to distinguish between right from wrong - just because her ultimate goal is to encourage our people to prosper and contribute equally to the society, instead of continuing to live the past century lifestyle. What Mr. Edhi is doing is to provide humanitarian aid to people in need - What Malala is trying to do is to minimize that need of people, by providing them with education and letting them be self-sufficient. What I am trying to say is that please people - do not compare Malala to anyone. She is one of a kind and may God continue to protect her.

independentthinker
Oct 15, 2013 11:16pm

@sheikh khalid jameel : Forget who is directing her - just look at the cause she is fighting for. Educating the children, so that they can be productive members of our society tomorrow. Do you see something wrong with that? If you don't, then support her and if you do see something wrong - go and get your head examined!

independentthinker
Oct 15, 2013 11:23pm

@yousafhaque: That doesn't make it right! Somebody has to speak up and fight for what is right!

independentthinker
Oct 15, 2013 11:21pm

@BRR: People like yourself - which thank goodness - are a few, who will be crushed by forward thinking people and lead our country back to prosperity. Amen.

thulluka kolli
Oct 16, 2013 12:18am

Malala is all hype and no substance. Getting shot and recovering with help of western treatment is not exactly a qualifier for any award, leave aside nobel. She must learn to keep quiet and live her life in peace and not make grand statements as giving away her life for peace and all that. Looks like she is trying to impress upon some westerners to give her the nobel award by making such speeches. Just ask her to stay at home shutting her mouth and make babies when it is time, like every pakistani women does.

mustafa
Oct 16, 2013 12:40am

nazi, zionists, taliban....whats the difference...except the zionists are more successful, the nazi's had fashion and pomp.....

This nation is bankrupt when a girl get shot and we dont want to pursue the culprits to the ends of the earth.

Nancy Mitford
Oct 16, 2013 12:55am

@sheikh khalid jameel : Seriously? The Jewish lobby; that old canard! That lovely girl is under the influence of her own reason. I hope there is a bit of good healthy anger mixed in there too! Perhaps you need your moral compass reset.

Iban Javs
Oct 16, 2013 02:15am

@Madeeh Ur Rehman: "Live Long and Prosper"?...Malala is a Vulcan?

Oct 16, 2013 03:26am

All this talk reminds me of what someone once said: " You are either with us or against us". There is no hate for Malala, just a frustration that our nation needs to get rid of all external influence on our country before we start solving our own issues.

Akil Akhtar
Oct 16, 2013 03:54am

@Nizar: LOL, your comments were really funny especially teh one about the Author loving Pakistan....

Akil Akhtar
Oct 16, 2013 03:59am

The Author and other like him who seem to be preaching secularism but in reality attacking the state of Pakistan and its existence are no friend. they should all move to india and see how much freedom they get their to criticise....

Denise
Oct 16, 2013 04:33am

@Riaz Khoso: Why is there surprise. She stood up against the Taliban. Mukhtara Mai who got raped was also given the same attention by foreign media because the truth is our women in rural areas are apparently not worthy for education or respect!

Insaan
Oct 16, 2013 06:53am

Though Pakistan is a different country for me, but I feel some remote attachment to it being an Indian and a Punjabi. I have sympathy for ordinary Pakistanis and when they suffer from perpetual violence my heart pains, When I read Heer of Waris Shah of Kasur,I feel it an Indian romantic poetry where all characters being so familiar. Baba Bulle Shah of Lahore taught me not to take religion at its face value and to remain a true human in the face of orthodoxy. I love and admire Sheikh Farid for telling us the virtues of simple and honest living. Your land is a land of my Baba Nanak who spread the message of love between Hindus and Muslims and recorded with anguish the sufferings of Muslims and Hindus caused by foreign invaders.

I therefore wish good luck to all Pakistani girls, let they live in peace, get good education, ,emulate Malala in her boldness and rise even higher than her.

Samar B
Oct 16, 2013 07:49am

@Frolic: Malala is a victim and a survivor, who desires to become a champion. I support her for her recovery and dreams. But I strongly support your points too. Very well said about the West's desire to control the bigoted, false narrative of "liberating the primitives, with the superior morals of the West". Unfortunately the West's posturing puts us on the defensive, because our own identities are weak. And in our blanket defense of our culture, we are seen as defenders of a corrupt system, because there are many holes in our side that cannot be defended. They know it, and exploit those holes to keep our minds in chains. This is true, whether about the Muslims or the Hindus.

mirza
Oct 16, 2013 11:14am

Hmm, 5 likes and 11 dislikes for Hasan's comment? I smell Indian curry. lol Its quite obvious, any nation would dislike foreign pressure. Everyone should fix their own house.

mirza
Oct 16, 2013 11:19am

@Anita Turab: Please remember that Imran Khan wants to negotiate with the Taliban ;-)

mirza
Oct 16, 2013 11:15am

The reason for all this negativity is quite simple. We dont want "others" trying to solve our problems.

I neither support Taliban rule, nor the coverage that Malala is getting.