THIS is apropos of news reports about awarding Sitara-i-Shujaat to Malala Yousufzai’s friends Kainat and Shazia, the victims of the Swat incident.

There is no doubt the Taliban’s act created a negative impression about Pakistan across the world, but I believe that Malala and her friends are not the only Pakistanis who had been targeted by the narrow-minded barbarians.

They were not alone who suffered while getting education, but there are millions of girls who have to quit their education, besides losing their family, homes, dreams and sweet memories.

Has President Asif Ali Zardari done something to share their pains? Has he awarded them any award? No. They have not been even given financial compensation that had been promised.

If the president really wants to give awards, he should then first give to those millions of girls who also want to go to school, want to chase their dreams and have strength to fight terrorists. Why should only Shazia and Kainat be awarded?

TAUQEER AHMAD Peshawar

Updated Mar 28, 2013 05:03am

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Comments (2) (Closed)


Md Imran
Mar 28, 2013 04:06pm
If the country keeps giving out financial compensation to every victim, we'll go broke. To become a superpower nations like France,Prussia(Germany),Russia and US all had to sacrifice a lot and go through a lot of violence. We'll have to make similar sacrifices to realize our dream of becoming a superpower.
Abdul Malik
Mar 29, 2013 03:36am
I agree 100% !too much importance has been extended to Malala and her friends. No offence, but there are countless young girls who deserve equal, if not more, support.