RECENTLY I read a book, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank’. The book is actually an edited version of the diary by a Jew, teenager Anne Frank, who secretly kept a diary from June 12,1942, to August 1, 1944.

Initially, she wrote strictly for herself. But after a radio announcement of publishing the eyewitness accounts of World War II, Anne Frank reset her diary pages.

The edited version of Anne Frank’s dairy was first published posthumously in 1989. Anne Frank died in mysterious circumstances when she had not yet reached her 16th birthday. The diary of a young girl presented the eyewitness accounts of World War II and the victims who suffered.

It is originally in other languages but later on it was translated into English by Susan Massotty.

Despite being of a different origin, birthplace, religion and ethnicity, Malala of Swat and Anne Frank of Dutch origin have many features in common. Both of them are teenagers. Anne Frank started writing a dairy at a very tender age when she was only 13. Malala also started keeping written records of the events occurring in Swat at about the same age. Both are female members of society who dared to raise their voice against the tyrants of their age. It is again a common feature that both writers suffered at the hands of their own people: the former at the hands of Hitler’s army during World War II and the latter at the hands of the Taliban.

Anne Frank died in 1980 while Malala Yousufsai survived a brutal attack allegedly by the Taliban. She is still alive and wants to contribute towards women’s emancipation and promotion of education in Pakistan.

How is the idea of publishing the diary of Malala who is a real symbol of courage and dignity?

Z.A. ZULFI     Booni, Chitral

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March 24, 2013 11:29 am
Aren't you a bit ahead of yourself? Comparing Malala to Ann Frank? This is height of ignorance. Tell Malala to return to Pakistan and then start the diary.
Alan Kerr
March 24, 2013 1:35 pm
Anne Frank did not die in mysterious circumstances nor in 1980. She died from a combination of disease and malnutrition in 1945 in a concentration camp. Or does saying so remind you of the uncomfortable fact that the Holocaust actually happened.
March 24, 2013 8:25 pm
Yes Holocaust did happen but what Israel is doing with the Palestinians is not any less than Holocaust. Don't tell me that your pain is bigger than mine.
March 25, 2013 12:06 am
There is nothing in this article that amounts to "holocaust denying". So you are merely jumping to conclusions and labelling the writer.
March 25, 2013 12:37 am
Malala's words were not her own but were by dictated by 'others', by vested interest. No child should be subjected and used as she was.
March 25, 2013 12:38 am
Malala have permenantly migrated to UK.She in a British Pakistani now.
March 25, 2013 3:33 am
Yeah! It should be published.
March 25, 2013 8:33 am
That was the whole idea...
March 25, 2013 8:34 am
Obviously. Whole drama was about that.
March 25, 2013 1:20 pm
Try and recognize the troll.
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