IT is good to hear that Malala Yousafzai has been gradually recovering. Besides, it is also laudable that the media despite receiving severe threats from the TTP is giving coverage to brave Malala.

Sadly, some people belonging to radical political parties are busy humiliating Malala diguised under fake IDs on social network sites like Facebook and Twitter. They accuse Malala of being an agent of the US. She is also said to be secular-minded after she paid some tribute to Benazir Bhutto’s bravery.

What message are we passing on to the world as far as women rights and education forums are concerned?


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Comments (37)

Sher Mohammad
November 13, 2012 5:54 am
Imagine the audacity of our nation that they have now started to compare Malala with Aafia Siddiqui! How could so many in this country speak in favor / support of a convicted terrorist? Either they do not know who the "real" Aafia is, or they are just playing dumb.
November 13, 2012 5:26 pm
If you are an 11 year old girl living under the taliban who started a blog defying their satanic ways, then you are in Malala's league. Otherwise, stay in your place as an armchair critic.
November 13, 2012 9:47 am
The message we are passing on to the world is not new. We have sent out the same message when hundreds of women fall prey to acid attacks and honour killings. The problem lies with the way the author is thinking , " what will the world think". We have to stop thinking about what the world has to say and start using our own brains to consider what is right and what is wrong.
November 13, 2012 3:57 pm
but in my view the solution is to close all secular schools unless they reform themselves on islamic lines and adopts an islamic environment.
November 13, 2012 2:30 pm
Please do not lose your heart when our beloved Prophet started preaching Islam the fanatics of that age started calling our beloved Prophet with different derogatory names but in the end they were defeated Inshallah one day Malala and her mission will prevail and all the forces of darkness will be defeated once and for all
Karachite here
November 13, 2012 3:50 pm
My question is why her father is always looking so happy, content and full of energy whenever he goes to see Malala lying in the hospital bed.
November 13, 2012 3:54 pm
of course its not without a reason that Malala's father convinced her to become a politician instead of a doctor when she grow up.
November 13, 2012 4:13 pm
His father had to be happy seeing that his daughter was going to live. Imagine what he went through when nobody knew if Malala would live or not. See his video's on you tube of few years back. This is a man who loves Swat and his country. Who loves education. Thanks to Malala, lot of people now see the real face of Talibaan.
November 13, 2012 4:21 pm
Agree with Sher. Aafia Siddiqui took oath of allegiance with US, she is a US citizen, she broke US laws and consequently in US prison. Malala is Pakistani, stoodup against criminal thugs hiding behind religion. She's an icon now for women's education and rights in Pakistan. You need an open mind to see this difference though, period..
November 14, 2012 3:13 am
Both Aafia and Malala are daughters and heroes of Pakistan. Please do not malign either of them.
November 14, 2012 3:07 am
Before being concerned about what the world thinks of us we should be concerned about how on the day of judgement Allah swt will judge Pakistani men for subjugating women. May Allah swt give Malala a very long and healthy life. May girls education flourish in Pakistan. May women have equal opportunities in the workplace as men. Aameen.
November 14, 2012 12:51 am
Malala brought some respect back to your country. 15 year old could do much bigger task than all the rest of you because she is a brave and innocent.
November 13, 2012 2:16 pm
Don't understand why ANYbody would click "thums down" on your comment. That is also sick.
November 14, 2012 8:01 pm
Shame on you.
November 14, 2012 8:02 pm
Maybe because Allah(SWT) saved his daughter's life and arranged swift medical care ?
November 13, 2012 2:23 pm
I strongly differ with you pal. His father is an enlightened person. Just because he is next to her bedside when the tv folks takes pictures, does not mean he is fame hungry. Probably, you had been reading too much mulla stuff. Even though she is not the only girl fighting for girls education, she is at least a very strong symbol. She and her suffering should be beyond doubt. Pick some other fight, pal.
November 13, 2012 11:17 pm
Me too.
November 13, 2012 11:15 pm
Conspiracy theories are abundent in Pakistan. It is a nation of fools.
November 13, 2012 11:14 pm
If you have enough proper schools!
November 13, 2012 2:24 pm
Malala and her father, if had stood up against people aka taliban, who were educated ,kind,forgiving,supported and protected women, the weaker gender ,were full of common sense,then i would call them u.s agents etc etc BUT malala and her father stood up against people who aka taliban who are illeterate,barbaric,extremely unforgiving to the point of sickness ,beheading people rather than shooting them dead as if they enjoyed that gruesome act,suppressing women even more,devoid of common sense ,because u.s has killed civilians by drone attacks lets kill even more civilians by strapping a bomb on my body ,in this case they are brave people deserving to be called stop calling everybody a agent of the west..because not everybody is please let the common sense prevail...
November 13, 2012 10:33 pm
Malala is after cheap fame as well as her father... It is sad though what she had to go through. And we should not forget the others who lose their lives/become victims of terrorism on a daily basis. A.M.Kassim BA(Hons) Assoc.CIPD.
November 13, 2012 10:28 pm
Come on, it's high time that we stop picking negative points even from positive attainments.
November 13, 2012 9:48 pm
Yeah. For sure. Thank God, she is not you.
November 13, 2012 5:43 am
Absolutely agree. Seen a lot of disgusting stuff against Malala by some right wing conspiracy theorists.
Fair Reforms
November 13, 2012 12:07 pm
Just because Malala is an advocate for girls education does not mean she is beyond any criticism. While being strongly sympathetic to her, I think she is not the only girl who fights for this noble cause. I am a strong critic of her power hungry father who uses and props up his daughter for name and fame. I am also worried about several genuine and more deserving children among girls in swat being sidelined because they don't have rich, powerful and cunning fathers to promote their causes. I hate the media who does not even mention the name of the girl who got shot while bravely screening Malala, risking her own life and getting injured - to be left neglected in a worthless government hospital in swat. We need to appreciate the genuine and deserving instead of running after hypes and prop ups
November 13, 2012 10:26 am
The only way out is to close down all madrassas and force all children to get their education in proper schools to stop them from being brainwashed by the the mullahs.
Cherian (Melbourne)
November 13, 2012 11:37 am
To sum up all Malala haters, ignorant masses can be enlightened through education but not those who pretend to be ignorant.
November 13, 2012 2:59 pm
Yes we know because the whole life of Malala is in front of whole world from her childhood whereas we only know about Dr. Afia when she got arrested
November 13, 2012 10:05 am
It could be stopped by raising awareness in the society against the radical political parties.
November 13, 2012 2:38 pm
Both father and daughter are brave and stood up for girls education in the face of the murderous Taliban, while you simply sit on the computer and mock them.
November 13, 2012 2:37 pm
I think it shows how poisoned Pakistani minds have become that they cannot even recognize a pure hero like Malala Yousafzai and her father who stood up for education.
Syed Hussain Akbari
November 13, 2012 1:19 pm
What are these negative thinkers and Mullahs are thinking !? Do they have any principle ? Malala has taken a big step in opening the eyes of the non educated persons. If for that reason she is termed as US or West agent or secular then let it be. At least it is better than to be follower (agents) of the Mullahs / Taliban. Bernard Shaw rightly said, "I love Islam, I hate Muslims".
November 13, 2012 12:46 pm
Do we know for sure who the real Malala is?
November 13, 2012 12:42 pm
It is hard to ignore the happy face of her father, which makes me wonder what kind of father would as happy to see his own daughter near her death-bed? I also wonder if Malala would have become a star if, God forbid, had she have not survived the attack. I do know several instances where victims of such attacks died and are forgotten.
November 13, 2012 8:56 am
There are quite a lot of people, all educated, urbans calling Malala as US agent, i can just feel sorry for this sick mindset!!!
November 13, 2012 4:25 am
At the age of 15 and struggling for the girls right to get educated , I would be proud to be called a US agent or a Secular
November 13, 2012 4:19 am
This is the unfortunate dilema facing us and there seems to be no end to our educated ignorance!
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