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Pakistani schools network observes anti-Malala day

Updated Nov 10, 2014 07:12pm

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Pakistani Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai. -File/Reuters
Pakistani Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai. -File/Reuters

ISLAMABAD: An association of Pakistani schools held an “I am not Malala” day on Monday, condemning young Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai for what it called her support for controversial novelist Salman Rushdie.

Education campaigner Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 but recovered and went on to win this year's Nobel peace prize.

The 17-year-old has been hailed around the world for standing up for girls' rights to education, but the response to her in Pakistan has not been universally positive, with some seeing her as a “Western agent” on a mission to shame her country.

The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation last year barred its members from buying Malala's memoir “I am Malala” because of what the group said was its “anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam content.“

Read more: Pakistani private schools ban Malala's book

It said the book, written with British journalist Christina Lamb, was too sympathetic to British novelist Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie in 1989 became the target of an Iranian fatwa, or religious edict, calling for his murder for allegedly blaspheming Islam and the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in his book The Satanic Verses.

Mirza Kashif Ali, the president of the schools' federation, said in a statement it was “clear that Malala has nexus with Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin, and also has alignment with Salman Rushdie's ideological club”.

“We severely condemned the chapter of the book in which Salman Rushdie's book has been mentioned as freedom of expression by Malala while referring to father's views,” Ali said.

He said walks, seminars and press conferences were held to highlight the “I am not Malala” day.

Bangladeshi author Nasrin was forced to flee her homeland in 1994 after radical Muslims accused her of blasphemy over her novel “Lajja” (Shame), in which a Hindu family is persecuted by Muslims.

Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan also, where it can carry the death penalty.

Malala's book describes her life under the Taliban's brutal rule in northwest Pakistan's Swat valley in the mid-2000s, hints at her ambition to enter Pakistani politics and even describes her father's brief flirtation with Islamic fundamentalism as a youngster.

The book describes public floggings by the Taliban, their ban on television, dancing and music, and the family's decision to flee Swat along with nearly one million others in 2009 amid heavy fighting between the militants and Pakistani troops.

Malala, who lives in Britain where she went for treatment after being shot, was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October alongside India's 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi for their championing of children's rights.

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Asad Nov 10, 2014 07:10pm

Freedom of expression I would say.

Adnan Nov 10, 2014 07:10pm

It's an over-reaction. If you don't like Malala, simply ignore her. Celebrating 'anti-Malala day' has a negative connotation as it gives a vibe of intolerance.

Hrushi NYC Nov 10, 2014 07:12pm

Just when I thought I have seen the depths of intolerance, there is this new nadir.

akkersman Nov 10, 2014 07:14pm

shame on association of Pakistani schools what kind of country is this?

S S Nov 10, 2014 07:15pm

god save pakistan.

Mujtaba Nov 10, 2014 07:16pm

They are scared of a little girl's courage and determination!

Mujtaba Nov 10, 2014 07:16pm

They are scared of a little girl's courage and determination!

Sufi Muslim Nov 10, 2014 07:16pm

It's sad to see that there are those in Pakistan who do not appreciate Nobel prize given to a Pakistani.

Malala did not necessarily endorse Rushdie's book. She favoured his right to express himself, a concept many Muslims do not adhere to.

akkersman Nov 10, 2014 07:17pm

shame!

indian Nov 10, 2014 07:19pm

no matter how many great people try to originate from pakistan,, they all will be dragged down to bottom.. great going

Ramesh Ishu Nov 10, 2014 07:19pm

that's the face of real society. This is the mindset of literate people than only allah can save

ali Nov 10, 2014 07:21pm

@Hrushi NYC using force to implement your views is clearly intolerance but peacefully showing your dislike and opinion is not intolerance .

Ramesh Krishnan Nov 10, 2014 07:22pm

Anti Malala means Anti Women, Anti Education, Anti Peace.... the list goes on...Shame on you....

Looking For Nov 10, 2014 07:25pm

Sorry, I missed a lot of news in last few months. Can any one let me know where can I find a list of Malala's achievements. I am sure there must be lot. I googled but can't find anything except "news" .. this is a great opportunity for any young lad to create a webpage of her achievements that led to nobel prize. I am sure there will be lot of hits !!

Syed Zaheer Ali Nov 10, 2014 07:26pm

Majority of us are more emotional than reasonable.

jj Nov 10, 2014 07:28pm

I agree with the news, the biased western world.

ROHIT PANDEY Nov 10, 2014 07:30pm

There is absolutely NO WAY Pakistan will ever become a modern nation!

I guess there is no point in anyone posting here urging Pakistan towards rationality or science or enterprise

Ammy Nov 10, 2014 07:31pm

Such actions by few Pakistanis have built what Malala is today, and she will grow further, by such anti Malala attitude.she getting Nobel Prize is the biggest proof. Those who are illiterate and opposing should be understood, but otherwise........ It's irony. She is being made Great now.

TAMILSELVAN Nov 10, 2014 07:35pm

To some extent Malala is being cultivated as a poster child by the west and was awarded the Nobel peace prize again as a token. The committee mentioned that they wanted to give to a person from Pakistan and India and also to a Muslim and a Hindu. Unfortunately the prize itself is being politicized by Norway. Peace prize especially is given more as a protest and appeasement to certain group. Can you believe Nobel prize was given to Henry Kissinger who spent most of his active carrier creating wars between nations and several others such as Anwar Sadat, Begin, Obama etc. Before the 70's it was given to pioneers who brought peace by eliminating diseases and poverty but of late this particular prize is being given as a token to prove a point rather than for peace. Malala deserves all praise for standing up for challenges she faced in her country but this Nobel prize was given purely to make her a poster child. On another note she did have the guts to stand against the most primitive and immature terrorist outfits of Pakistan

F Khan Nov 10, 2014 07:35pm

When they say 'I am not malala' they mean I am not for education, I am not for peace, I am not for women rights, I am not for equal rights. I am proud to say that ' I am malala'.

Heigh-Ho Nov 10, 2014 07:44pm

And these people are educationists?! So what hope is there for this country?

Vijai Murugan Nov 10, 2014 07:48pm

You rock pakistan

Mac1960 Nov 10, 2014 07:51pm

If those protesting against Malala are teachers, then dark future can be expected for Pakistan. We should learn how to live with different opinions and not just think we are right and others are wrong.

G.Nabi Nov 10, 2014 07:51pm

No need to observe Anti Malala day , ignore her, she is part of the Western world, where she is, where she will remain rest of her life. It was n't her decision alone, her father led her into this alien culture.

asghar Nov 10, 2014 07:53pm

Malala is being over projected, both negatively and postively.

Masood Nov 10, 2014 07:55pm

Shame on these clowns called association of pakistan schools .What kind of schools are they .???

Dr. Sadaf Nov 10, 2014 07:55pm

@Sufi Muslim , she did not deserve it that is the reason people do not appreciate it.

Zeeshan Siddiqui Nov 10, 2014 07:56pm

Malala, for every person that hates you, there are 10 times more people who love you for what you have endured and for what you have accomplished.. yes even inside Pakistan. Ignore these shenanigans and continue your mission. When a school goes to the length of of celebrating a day against a Nobel prize winner, then you know how much we really need your mission of hope to succeed. Keep up the good work Malala.

gaj Nov 10, 2014 07:58pm

Religious intolerance up to a level not seen before.....

akkersman Nov 10, 2014 08:00pm

why there is so much hate in Pakistan and Govt doing nothing but just busy saving their skin people get killed in blasts and by mob , if Pakistani nation is so great why then beg from whole world otherwise you people can not pay your loans back this country is bankrupt long ago Malala zindabad you are great one day you will become PM of Pakistan Inshallah

Saifuddin Takhtawala Nov 10, 2014 08:02pm

I don't see much to her credit apart from standing on her father's solders. Her book is a kind of heresay. She still has to prove her mettle like Kailash Satyarthi who contribution in eradicating child labor in India is beyond doubts.

cautious Nov 10, 2014 08:04pm

Some people never miss an opportunity to make a wrong decision. Lets hope that any foreign/domestic aid to this organization disappears.

no more! Nov 10, 2014 08:08pm

Malala come and live in India like Taslima, your country does not deserve you !

M.Malik Nov 10, 2014 08:08pm

Apparently, they had nothing better to do.

Maqsood Nov 10, 2014 08:09pm

First let her to explain in which sense she give the statement, she is not too much mature, may be this is dictation. I also condemn this is what she said.

Bahadur Nov 10, 2014 08:14pm

All the time, an impression is given that it's illiterate in Pakistan who carry such fundamentalist bigatory in their minds which lead to violence and incidents like throwing couples in Kilns. But, look who is propagating and organising 'Anti Malala Day'? Of all others, Pakistani Private SCHOOLS association? Schools are supposed to temples of teaching right values and morals anywhere in the world. What kind of values these schools giving to the children in their schools? Why do you need Madarsas to teach hatred when you have such schools doing the job for you? Great going Pakistan! Kudos!

Dr Carla Nov 10, 2014 08:16pm

Malala never endorsed Rushdie's writings, Please do not distort the facts and please don't maline little brave girl. I'm an indian I heard some of her speeches, I like to see Malala like girls in India, question and oppose the patriarchal society.

Shafiq ahmed Nov 10, 2014 08:17pm

Should be removed as a teacher let alone Head of the association !

Zafar Malik Nov 10, 2014 08:19pm

Pakistan is certainly doomed. Education is a sacred responsibility of every state and it should not allow greedy people to sell education for making money. Education as a business should stop. Let elected people decide what to teach our children.

Shahid Nov 10, 2014 08:20pm

Nobel Prize is also becoming controversial what Obama did when he was given a Nobel Prize and what Malala did for the children of this country, just be part of western ideology and got enlisted. Sorry for people who became myopic and can only see with the eyes of media, well done for celebrating 'I'm not Malala', many women in this country doing well for the welfare of people but they are not supporting western agenda and they don't care so called 'Nobel' prize which is no more Nobel.

Uzair Nov 10, 2014 08:24pm

Waao, it is not Anti Malala day, it is I am not Malala Day. Do I need AFP need to learn the difference between I am not and I am against?

independentthinker Nov 10, 2014 08:27pm

It is a sad day for Pakistan. I am not condoning what Salman Rushdie did - but I strongly believe our religion is strong and can withstand any criticism from anyone. People talk stupid things, but who really cares? I am sure Malala did not condone what Salman Rushdie did, but because we have so much restrictions on freedom of speech, that is why our country is in such a mess.

Aziz Nov 10, 2014 08:33pm

Shame on you All Pakistan Private Schools Federation. What are you teaching your kids? I bet many of you have not even read her book.

anshul Nov 10, 2014 08:36pm

Hehehe anti malala day lolz i mean u dont like her its fine but demonstration to express your hate that too by educationists lolz this country is gone case

Naeem Nov 10, 2014 08:39pm

Allah save us. If these are educationists then we have no future. How bigoted these people have become. Free speech is the right of every Muslim.

Malala is an example of courage and determination.

Naeem Nov 10, 2014 08:39pm

Allah save us. If these are educationists then we have no future. How bigoted these people have become. Free speech is the right of every Muslim.

Malala is an example of courage and determination.

pakhtunwala Nov 10, 2014 08:40pm

Here we go again. Such hypocrites we are. Shame on this..shame..shame..shame...

Imran Nov 10, 2014 08:43pm

I would appoint a prime minister who is a nobel peace prize winner, survivor of a terrorist attack, educator, revolutionary, human rights activist etc etc. and I would start the training and grooming of this puppet from the early age so it's believable.

Tabraiz Bokhari Nov 10, 2014 08:45pm

What rubbish news. I work for a school network and no such absurd day was celebrated at any school in Pakistan. I think this lunatic represents his own private schools. No school like Beaconhouse, City, Grammar, Roots etc 'celebrated' such a ridiculous day. Makes everyone who is reading this story think Pakistani schools are breeding grounds for lunatics. Rubbish!

Pragmatist Nov 10, 2014 08:47pm

Ridiculous. If she supports Salman Rushdie it is her opinion. There is no need to hold anti-Malala day. Pakistanis are too sensitive where they should not be. This country should instead focus on safeguarding its minorities and preventing their lynching.

A Sidhu Nov 10, 2014 08:47pm

@Looking For. Stop looking and start acting. Go to her area and try to say something against the Taliban. U will come to know how much courage u have. She knew she cud be killed yet she spoke out

Mohammad Akhtar Nov 10, 2014 08:51pm

Shame on you people, you should be proud of her Courage. What kind of narrow minded and jealous people you are.

BRR Nov 10, 2014 08:52pm

Pakistan is full of hateful people.

Tamza Nov 10, 2014 08:59pm

Those who 'assume' the 'freedom of expression' as an unalienable right should check out [web search; wikipedia] "Laws against Holocaust denial". It is common sense to not incite violence by making statements about sensitive matters; Mr Rushdie was probably hoping for such reaction to create a 'new life' for his flagging career. Lets just all be sensitive to others; those who are stupid must be tolerated UP TO the point they become violent OR incite violence.

Khan Nov 10, 2014 09:00pm

We condemn this organization and its organizers. Just go out and stop Taliban first

ashis Nov 10, 2014 09:05pm

well protest against a fellow countryman who has won the nobel peace.its simply hilarious

surinder kade Nov 10, 2014 09:05pm

@Asad I am from India and a Hindu,but am proud or winning Noble Prize.She is inspiration to all South Asian women.

Reddy Nov 10, 2014 09:06pm

These uneducated Mullahs are giving Pakistan a bad name...

Arsalan Kamal Nov 10, 2014 09:06pm

She'll go on to do bigger and better things, meanwhile these bigots will continue to drive Pakistan to new depths of intolerance

Meherban Cheema Nov 10, 2014 09:09pm

People are very tense, angered and surprised after reading this article, my dear readers there were thousands of Malalas who were killed in Pakistan but only this girl with anti Islam ideas, was promoted by the west and given a noble prize, frankly the credibility of noble prize is under question when it is given to a girl for literally doing nothing except giving memorized speeches, her father is a cunning man who exploited BBC to publish her fabricated story when she was a kid, Pakistanis are not stupid, for them if Edhi is not eligible for noble than no one is.. no matter what u say or what you do to convince them.

Sridhar Nov 10, 2014 09:11pm

@Looking For I am absolutely certain that she has done more for education than merely writing a comment under pseudonym.

Jatinder Nov 10, 2014 09:11pm

Remember what it was like when Imran Khan won the world Cup. "Proud to be a Pakistani" Every Society needs Icons to emulate and Malala is a beacon of light in the right direction. So , dear friends , celebrate Malala and imbibe your children with her grit and determination.

I am sure , one day , the times will change. Better to start NOW

invisible Nov 10, 2014 09:12pm

@G.Nabi What a shame. She was forced out of the country while she was still unconscious from her wounds. That sweet little kid still wish good things for you in every speech she makes at the world stage while likes of you continue throwing slurs at her. Surely she must reflect a courageous world view of her father. That is why she deserves Nobel

Fahd Siddiqui Nov 10, 2014 09:12pm

@Bahadur these schools are protesting because they ARE promoting education and merit. Anti Malala is NOT anti education. Their point is to teach young students not to malign your country for fame.

Right to protest. I am not Malala. I am not against education. Please don't make it absurd by synonymizing Malala with education.

Brijesh Nov 10, 2014 09:26pm

hahahhaha pakistanis are really out of this world

Qamar Nov 10, 2014 09:27pm

Malala = Big Drama

Momin Nov 10, 2014 09:32pm

Wonder what kind of education these schools are providing.

P Setra Nov 10, 2014 09:37pm

@Asad No! That is grown ups distorting kids psyche.

ashok kumar lal Nov 10, 2014 09:42pm

a truly great country, Pakistan

Bardhan Nov 10, 2014 09:50pm

Very good. Pakistan is on the right path !!!

Bardhan Nov 10, 2014 09:52pm

One little brave girl unsettled the whole school system of Pakistan, and they unitedly want to fight her. She succeeded then !!!

Faraz Nov 10, 2014 09:57pm

Malala is not from us.giving her Nobel prize only aim was to malign Islam but nothing.on merit Edhi deserves it long ago.

Musafir Nov 10, 2014 10:00pm

@TAMILSELVAN :: Nobel Peace Prize has ALWAYS been a political statement. Just like the Nobels in Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, etc... you can call Nobel Peace Prize as Nobel Prize in Politics. They are synonymous even if it is not stated overtly.

Nadeem Nov 10, 2014 10:03pm

I m just sick and tired of Malala,,, Nobel prize should be awarded to Abdul Sattar Edhi, oh but wait he s not an agent of western world

USN Nov 10, 2014 10:05pm

any thing can happen there

Fahad habeeb Nov 10, 2014 10:08pm

We support you young lady, one of the few good things coming out of Pakistan these days (well whopping the Aussies was kinda awesome too..j/k).

Bahadur Nov 10, 2014 10:11pm

@Fahd Siddiqui: Brother, In your effort to defend the indifencible, you are missing the very point here. You like it or not, Malala now symbolises idea of fighting against Taliban and it's ideals. By saying 'I'm not Malala' you are pumping in the idea in to the minds of young and gullible school girls that Malyala is bad and Taliban is good. The seeds of hatred gets sown. Think it over before you reply again.

None Nov 10, 2014 10:11pm

Another Mukhara Mai in the making :)

weq Nov 10, 2014 10:15pm

Very Good, Masha'Allah, God bless all these schools.

Hameedullah Ansari Nov 10, 2014 10:15pm

@Uzair Its not the title its the reason that makes it anti malala day. Did you even read the article?

Firebrand Nov 10, 2014 10:17pm

@Looking For A little unarmed but extraordinarily courageous girl, with bullets in her head, standing up alone against the brutal savagery of entire Taliban to fight for education and peace . What other achievement are you looking for?

Dr. Sadaf Nov 10, 2014 10:31pm

@Aziz , it is not worth reading and I am a mother talking. As a child I read Salman Rushdie Midnight's children and would discuss the book with my parents. Opinions and thoughts kept under limits is ok but beyond that it is not tolerable. Reading Salman rushdie does not mean that you are enlightened or modern, to know the difference between right and wrong no matter what the religion makes us a tolerant human being.

Dr. Sadaf Nov 10, 2014 10:32pm

@Adnan , maybe for some people that is the way to show that she is nothing to write back home.

AM Nov 10, 2014 10:49pm

I am Malala- now beat it!

salman Nov 10, 2014 11:14pm

@Bahadur mind your own business

Nancy Nov 10, 2014 11:24pm

@Adnan It is true character and fact of a society.

kaspar Nov 10, 2014 11:24pm

A condemnable act, to say the least. This shows that bigotry is not so rare in this country as one would like to believe. The private schools federation should re-examine its stance. Their action must have made more people favourable towards Malala.

Masoud Nov 10, 2014 11:28pm

Everything comes with a cost therefore Malala's laurels including the noble price is also not without cost. Although Malala is too young to read & understand the hidden lines yet she & her father are matured enough to understand the importance of anti Salman Rushdi sentiments present in Pakistan, in less than a minute sweet can turn sour, Malala & her father should understand this. well.

tariq Nov 10, 2014 11:28pm

Intolerance shown by teaching institutions! May Allah have mercy on us.

Roger Nov 10, 2014 11:39pm

@Dr. Sadaf - Sir, when was the last time that you stood-up to the Taliban and put your life in danger for a social cause? She did and faced the bullet.

By her actions now, she is telling the Taliban - 'You shot me, but did not shoot down my ideas, my principles, and my courage'.

Sir, you have grown old enough to get yourself a doctorate degree. She is just a child who has not yet finished school. There is a lot that you and I can perhaps learn from her.

Ajay vikram Singh Nov 10, 2014 11:43pm

Well, this is also a freedom of expression. We must respect their right to express their views too. The real freedom of speech is there, when you have right to speak even nonsense.

Mbhai Nov 10, 2014 11:52pm

@Looking For

The irony. I am of the opinion that people like Abul Sattar Eidhi have done much more humanitarian work that Malala to be awarded the peace prize.

But then again if Obama can get a peace prize then it defeats the purpose....

Roger Nov 10, 2014 11:56pm

It is people like Mirza Kashif Ali who make Malala 'Great'!

independentthinker Nov 11, 2014 12:09am

If Malala can survive a bullet in her head - she can survive this minor inconvenience. It appears God is on her side - really, who can come in her way?

Moiz Omar Nov 11, 2014 12:34am

I've never seen them organize an anti-Taliban day or a day against other violent and horrid groups. But they boycotted Malala because she defended somebody's freedom of speech?

kdspirited Nov 11, 2014 12:41am

@Looking For Why dont you start by reading a newspaper. Then read a book any book and then perhaps you can look at the nobel laureates web page they usually explain why they have bothered to bestow an award on someone. Should keep you busy for a while.

Shaista Ali Nov 11, 2014 12:48am

@Meherban Cheema Excellent assessment. Malala is a non-achiever who allowed her views to be hijacked by a western journalist. This is a Pak newspaper - Indians stick to Times leave our space to us.

Adeeb Nov 11, 2014 12:57am

She is merely a campaigning tool for the west to get their ideas into the Islamic world.

lubna Nov 11, 2014 12:58am

@akkersman shame on all folks who under the disguise of freedom of expression hurt millions of people feelings

Pakistani Nov 11, 2014 01:04am

Leave the poor kid alone.

She did not chose to be shot in the head

She is more mature and patriotic than any of these (I cant say the word) that are doing these antics

Dont they have anything better to do?

MSAlvi Nov 11, 2014 01:15am

The Pakistani nation is under curse of God. No one can save it.

Kumar Nov 11, 2014 01:20am

First you throw out Dr. Salam who accomplished a lot in Science. Now you throw out a young lady who took risk at very young age to support education for girls before getting shot. She is continuing to do so. She used to blog before getting shot for education. What is wrong with you guys?

Ganga Din Nov 11, 2014 01:26am

Good. Expose this demagogue.

Babar Khan Nov 11, 2014 01:31am

@Adnan What vibe of intolerance!!!! WE ARE INTOLERANT!!!!! If we still dont get that, I dont know what it will take to convince you.

Adeeb Nov 11, 2014 01:50am

But again what's the point in celebrating Anti Malala Day, we desperately need to show some tolerance

ChitralToday Nov 11, 2014 01:51am

Sad to see a teenage Nobel laureate girl unable to come to her country.

Asgher Ali Nov 11, 2014 01:59am

Please help. I am at my wits' end. She is no hero. She is a puppet for some governments to promotoe their ideology. It is not freedom of her expression as some have commented. An immature 17 yo is now becoming a spokesman for some who spared no effort to install a discord within ourselves.

hyat Nov 11, 2014 02:02am

good to know freedom of experience, if someone wanna talk freely in west they will arrest him very soon, same time if someone talk about holocaust was a conspiracy theory then who can guarantee his life or security in western world? everybody have right to self expression, if school organization showing dislike with malala so whats the problem? after 9/11 no where is free but "majority is always right" and "might is right" why more than 90000 kashmires dies just because they express their freedom same time muslims in india can not eat cows meat freely because it hurts hindus. so on and so forth.

riz1 Nov 11, 2014 02:07am

@G.Nabi More than her dad, the Taliban pushed her into wherever she is. You and your ilk will never get the obvious - that is why Pak is on one side and civilized people all over the world are on the other.

sunny Nov 11, 2014 02:13am

@Looking For - Her achievement is that some talibani tried to shoot her and the doctors saved her. After that she is enjoying her stay and citizenship in some western countries. Her achievement is her father who writes her speeches and gets more funding from western countries. Pakistan, or the actual girls suffering there and dying for education are all never thought of. I hope you get her achievement.

N. Nov 11, 2014 02:18am

@Adnan Its just not voice of intolerance. It encourages violence. May sound far fetched. Malala survived the bullet. There have been open threats on her life.

Rizwan Nov 11, 2014 02:19am

good

Rizwan Nov 11, 2014 02:19am

good

tariq Nov 11, 2014 02:21am

Alas bigotry has seeped into teaching institutions. May Allah bless Pakistan and Muslims.

N. Nov 11, 2014 02:22am

@S S Play Sahir and Khayyam's masterpiece on youtube. Aaasman pe hai khuda aur zamin pe hum................kisko bheje woh yahaan khaak chhan ne. is tamaam bheed kaa haal jaan ne.

Harmony Nov 11, 2014 02:31am

@ROHIT PANDEY - You seem to have given your verdict in despair...but don't be disheartened...there is always hope.

Wrong or right, most Muslims disapprove of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses. Malala would have been no different. She must have been led to it - to support Salman Rushdie (probably her biographer supporting another writer). But silly move no doubt as it has only encouraged those who are against her.

Jaush Nov 11, 2014 02:40am

@akkersman what do you mean "what kind of country" - such characters are everywhere in every country !!!!

Shahida Khan Nov 11, 2014 02:46am

In the words of the inimitable Habib Jalib: 'Darte hain bandooqon walay ek nehatti larki se'. All the more power to this courageous girl named Malala.

reality bites Nov 11, 2014 03:16am

@Tabraiz Bokhari It is high time you raise your voice in favor of Malala and voices of reason. Your school and other major private schools should come out and endorse the book. Let it be known that majority of schools are supportive of what Malala stands for.

M. Awais Nov 11, 2014 03:27am

Can't believe someone came up to show the light to this dark & doomed pro malala world

sm Nov 11, 2014 03:39am

Shame on this kind of association, What do they want to prove? Pakistan govt should take notice of it.

An Indian Nov 11, 2014 03:43am

There are some remote controlled robots created by the west who will speak or do as per the direction of the masters to destabilise a sovereign country's internal politics.

Nitin Laud Nov 11, 2014 03:54am

What Pakistan lacks is freedom - freedom of speech, expression, education, religion, criticism, politics......no country or people are perfect, but a nation's progress CAN NEVER occur, if there is no freedom. A nation can never progress unless it is capable of accepting criticism, contemplating on it, and coming up with a reasonable solution for the benefit of all. It can never progress unless it treats it's people as human beings, thinks about their lives and future. Frankly, God does not need anything from us, but his creation certainly needs everything most importantly love & respect.

nasiroski Nov 11, 2014 03:57am

Do the children in these schools have an option to say no??

jane fur Nov 11, 2014 04:26am

@Asad for who? the people who want to ban words because they are scared of a few words?

BRIJ Nov 11, 2014 04:45am

@ali Is the Burning alive a Christian Couple intolerance? To what direction is Pakistanis going?

escape from darkage Nov 11, 2014 05:00am

I see Pakistani students in west and in general I find their thinking very limited and narrow. If even after living in west they appear so closed minded and stuck in their primitive ways, you can understand what must be going on within Pakistan. Pakistanis have to escape the dark age behind their eyeballs before they can be citizens of the 21st century.

kalman Nov 11, 2014 05:07am

More power to her. Keep up good work for humanity.

Bahadur Nov 11, 2014 05:08am

@salman: This 'intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself' is what is called as 'Bigotry'. And the synonyms: prejudice, bias, partiality, partisanship, sectarianism, discrimination, unfairness, injustice; More.... And it's because of people more like you, Pakistan is where it is today.

Nadeem Ahmad Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:16am

@Looking For , Ignorant person first learn the basis for the award of a Nobel Prize and different categories and the criteria used!!!Educate yourself instead of being a wise guy!!!!!

Nadeem Ahmad Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:18am

@Looking For Do you have the guts to stand up to Taliban's and tell them to their face that girls will go to school? Until then shut up, please!!!

Nadeem Ahmad Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:21am

@Meherban Cheema From your response it seem that you are very stupid and brainwashed. Thousands of people around the world give up their lives and not everyone can be awarded a Nobel Prize!!! You must be a failure in your life not to recognize her achievements and bravery!!!!!!

Nadeem Ahmad Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:21am

@akkersman A very backward country and as a Pakistani ,I am beginning to feel very small!!!!

Nadeem Ahmad Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:24am

@Mbhai why doesn't the Government of Pakistan award him one???? Did you know that their are many Sattar Eidhis in this world. Do you know of their achievements? Do you know even who they are? Have you heard of Mother Teresa and the work she did? She truly deserved a Nobel Prize and global recognition.

Alarmed Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:27am

@Ammy : Don't just blame the illiterate! They are lead by those considered literate in Pakistan!

Alarmed Khan Nov 11, 2014 05:30am

@cautious : You will have to contact KSA!

Sonny Afridi Nov 11, 2014 05:39am

Its a bold message. Those who want to bring change to Pakistan are those IN Pakistan who dont get ferried off to the UK to pretend to care about Pakistan's issues. Those in Pakistan - who despite the political problems - opt to remain here and brave them out - are the ones who can make a difference - not some character who claims to stand for education and human rights but opts to become a parrot of the west instead.

Sonny Afridi Nov 11, 2014 05:41am

@akkersman so they dont have a right to their freedom of expression right?

Sonny Afridi Nov 11, 2014 05:42am

@Ramesh Krishnan No - it just means anti those-who-malign-Pakistan-and-its-armed forces-day...anti those-who-sell-out-their-country day

Sonny Afridi Nov 11, 2014 05:42am

@BRIJ what about violence against Christians, Dalits and Muslims in your india? Talk about pot calling kettle black!!!

Sonny Afridi Nov 11, 2014 05:44am

@Masood Plenty of high standard schools actually. And they have freedom of expression, just like you do. So quit complaining.

Zubair Nov 11, 2014 05:59am

I think the Annexure of Salman Rushdie who had been unanimously condemned in the whole Muslim World, is the cause of annoyance of Private Schools Association of Pakistan and defaming Malala who otherwise has emerged as the symbol of girls education.Pakistani Girls in general, are highly sensitive,sophisticated,educated,influential and well aware of the happenings around them.

atif Nov 11, 2014 06:00am

@Adnan its freedom of of exprecion .I say live and let live.

VR Nov 11, 2014 06:03am

@ali

Try telling that to the militants. :-)

numbersnumbers Nov 11, 2014 06:18am

@hyat Just to be clear, do you believe that the Holocaust happened or not???

Dr sher khan Nov 11, 2014 06:19am

I named my 4 days old daughter Malala.

AYZA Nov 11, 2014 06:37am

It is totally ludicrous for All Pakistan Private Schools Federation to take this anti Malala stance. Having noted this, most posters here are missing the point, especially the Indians. How many placing comments here have actually read “I am Malala”? If any of you have not, which seems to be the majority here then please refrain from jumping to conclusions about this issue.

Malala's memoir has a great deal of input and carefully crafted editing which targets contentious issues for certain Muslims. It was a serious mistake in judgement for the Malala's book editors to have very little knowledge about Islam or Pakistani culture which is glaringly apparent in her memoir. Rushdie is no friend of Islam to say the least and he wrote some inflammatory books which did not sit well with his family.Rushdie's Pakistani father passed away in Karachi, whom Rushdie had an infamously hostile relationship with due to Rushdie's writings which deeply offended him. To glorify Rushdie's fictitious and distorted anti-Islamic writings which both India and America promoted without apology is akin to a Neo-Nazi glorifying Hitler's anti-Jew speeches.

It's very sad that Malala is being made a scape goat for her bravery and strong championing education for females in Pakistan. However, well before Malala, the Swati Kingdom was a pro-education haven for both males and females. Educating females in Pakistan has been highly advocated since Pakistan's Independence, so the world mustn't get the wrong impression about this fact. Otherwise Pakistan wouldn't have brilliant Ivy League educated female scientists, neuro physicists, outstanding surgeons, engineers of various disciplines, world-class lawyers, judges, brilliant economists, etc.

Robinson Varghese Nov 11, 2014 06:39am

History being repeated. Then it was Dr. Abdus Salam and now, Malala.
What a shame that a country cannot respect their Nobel Laureates.

mike ghaous USA Nov 11, 2014 06:43am

How come her father survived ? Anyway the family is far from the reach, do what ever you like to do....

Fahd Siddiqui Nov 11, 2014 06:47am

@Bahadur It's not that black and white. "Either you are pro Malala or pro Taliban" these aren't the only categories. I fit in neither! Majority of Pakistan fits in neither. And this will not be shoved down our throats. I am not Malala. I am not Taliban.

By saying I am not Malala I am pumping in the idea that don't sell your country. Be it Taliban or Malala. I am here in Pakistan. And we are promoting education. Pumping the message that don't be like Malala and done be like Taliban!

Musofer Nov 11, 2014 06:48am

It doesn't seem school association rather group of intolerant people.. .so sad...this society is affected from top to bottom...

Fahd Siddiqui Nov 11, 2014 06:49am

@sunny Well said!

Amer Nov 11, 2014 07:04am

One more reason never to visit or invest in pakistan

PatelD Nov 11, 2014 07:15am

What a sad mentality of putting the national pride aside for a meaningless revenge against a foreigner who is given more importance than the Pakistani brave citizen. Aside from Nobel Prize Award, Malala is becoming a role model of young girls all over the world outside Pakistan. Such a young citizen would be a matter of great pride for any country except Pakistan.

n alim Nov 11, 2014 07:17am

@Dr. Sadaf I guess you do!!

Sasa Nov 11, 2014 07:19am

Malala is a victim of prejudice in Pakistan, just because she hails from NW Pakistan which is Baluchistan.

Confused Nov 11, 2014 07:20am

A nation is lost when its schools start banning books

Shiva Nov 11, 2014 07:22am

The most scientific and peace loving religion??????

KRana Nov 11, 2014 07:23am

This what one can expect from large section of society

SK Nov 11, 2014 07:52am

Shameful act. This is very typical of our people...... pull the legs of our own people

Fazal Karim Nov 11, 2014 07:54am

Cant believe uncalled for anti Mala day observed in Pakistan.There is some reporting error.

rajat Nov 11, 2014 08:05am

@hyat Can hindus in Pakistan drink alcohol wherever and whenever they want to? Can they eat pork anywhere in Pak without fear of being prosecuted by state machinery?

Ali Nov 11, 2014 08:08am

Disgraceful, such a school network should be severely condemned and criticised, and the government should do their utmost to find alternative educational places available for the children studying in such intolerant and abhorrent institutions.

indian Nov 11, 2014 08:10am

Naya pakistan .keep it up.u r going to right direction

Sakina Qamar Nov 11, 2014 09:11am

Just when you think our country cannot stoop any lower, we do something that makes us fall even further. What's next? Support the Taliban Day?

Muzaffer. Nov 11, 2014 09:12am

These people are jealous, envious, bigoted annd malicious. Instead of being proud at Malala's achievement they are burning in the fire of ignorance and misoginy.

Ken Holden Nov 11, 2014 09:26am

@Tabraiz Bokhari Amen! Glad to hear it.

Bharat Nov 11, 2014 09:26am

Pakistan has a history of not respecting its heroes.... they have rejected the likes of Bhagat Singh... what is Malala then ??

salman Nov 11, 2014 09:28am

Malala shot by brutual Taliban where as Nabila's family (paki girl testified in congress) was droned by US/NATO.. Being on different side of table Nabila was totally ignored...WEST will only highlight those events which will help their cause and noble prize is best way to do this..... Malala was true victim but later on for the luxuries of Western world Malala and her father adopted every act dictated by WEST to them including favoring Salman Rushdie...Bravo pakistani school of network for exposing the dislike of paki muslims...

sami Nov 11, 2014 09:30am

pinnacle of ignorance... shining example of dark thinking... small minds achieve small things... close your eyes, cover your ears, hide from the truth... drag down, pull down, tear down anyone who exits the darkness... dr. abdus salam and malala, honored by the world, are not the first and won't be the last to be treated shabbily by their motherland... but i still keep hoping, still clinging to a sliver of hope... i was born there, yet i did not get sucked into the abyss. i know there are more.

Muzaffer. Nov 11, 2014 09:36am

@ Uzair..... I am NOT Malala, means I am AGAINST Malala. What else can it mean? Thait I love Malala? You need a lesson in grammar & comment sense.

Aatif Nov 11, 2014 09:39am

A stupid country, full of stupid people.

Mr. K Nov 11, 2014 09:41am

Malala is my heroine. But she must learn to walk the walk as she talks the talk. Come back to Pakistan and help education reform.

indian Nov 11, 2014 09:47am

Welcome to pakistan unique country in the world

Jalal Nov 11, 2014 09:48am

@G.Nabi so you mean the divine culture is one is in Pakistan now??

dr vimal Nov 11, 2014 09:49am

Whether she deserved the Nobel prize or not, Malala surely is the best thing to happen to Pakistan since a long time.

hasan Nov 11, 2014 09:49am

such an irony those pointing on her book have not had read single words from her book. every statement has its own background so try not to mislead peoples the way we mostly do here in pakistan with the name of blasphemy. if malala has raised concerned about problems in getting education for her region and if she has portrayed a discriminating attitude for education between males and females; what is wrong in it. i am 98% sure that almost non of the campaigners have had bothered merely looking at the contents of the books. the extempore expressions she made after winning nobel prize depicts her own conviction about child education in pakistan. the are the same peoples who have not even spared edhi,dr adeeb and many others. plz ! open up your eyes to see the world in real context.

Syed Irfan Ali Nov 11, 2014 09:52am

Malala is the pride of Pakistan. We are proud of her. Celebrating a day against the Nobel laureate of our country shows sick mentality.

Iqbal Bhai Nov 11, 2014 09:55am

@TAMILSELVAN : I fully agree with you. Peace prize is different from other Nobel wins. While other Nobel wins glorify both the country and the individual, the Peace prize glorifies the individual at the expense of the country.

subhash Nov 11, 2014 09:57am

@Vijai Murugan U are under the rock Pakistan.

Sachin Nov 11, 2014 09:58am

Why pakistan has gone that far and dis-associate itself from each and every positive things happened to it e.g. it doesn't own Abdul Salaam, Malala etc whereas it's so called objective media is busy in giving more coverage to people like hamid gul, Hafiz syed & zaid hamid etc. It is really sad to see all this happening and people like hamid gul contineously dispensing venom against india while ignoring the reality. I hope good sense will prevail!

Ossy Nov 11, 2014 10:13am

Wow - another new low. Even our schools want to be politicized?

Tomorrow, the school federation will be sending school kids to Imran's or PML(Ns) or PPP's dharnaas as well? Or how about to protest and condemn Mursi being overthrown or condemning 9/11 or ...

Let schools be schools and let our kids learn to investigate and read and form their own views and judgments.

Girish Nov 11, 2014 10:19am

@S S

God doesn't want to save Pakistan and it is evident.

haider Nov 11, 2014 11:23am

malala is one of the brave and real hero of pakistan i saw my own eyes her condition that time when she was shoot by taliban ar by pak army but shame on those who did so . malala stand when no one can open his mouth we salute her not to criticize her all this propaganda was made by those who cant face today victory against terrorism

Absolute Truth Nov 11, 2014 11:28am

Failed as a society.

Yagyavlkya Nov 11, 2014 12:03pm

and these people talk about human right violations in Kashmir.

Syed Naqvi Nov 11, 2014 12:12pm

@Looking For Malala stands for Women Right to Education. Right to Express their views. Right to own their life. Right to own their Destiny. But then adherents of a cult would always think that 1 man is equal to 4 women or is it 2 women? your cult mentality has kept lakhs of Malala's in Burqa. Pakistan as a nation is simply out of reality.

Shahid Nov 11, 2014 12:58pm

It was very obvious that after giving have 100 awards and million of dollars, there will be something coming out of Malala which will serve West's purpose. There are hundreds of women and girls in Pakistan, gone through same tragedy, as dramatized for Malala, but no one know them. People who hit bombs from your air into your soil can never love you, not even a dog of your street ........ think

naveed Nov 11, 2014 01:00pm

@Sufi Muslim nobel prize would have been appreciated if it had been given to eidhi. if nobel prize is what was given to mala for what she did. i think then its just moneyfor being shot and nothing else.

naveed Nov 11, 2014 01:02pm

@ROHIT PANDEY if being like malala is what it means to be a modern nation we are better off as backwards

vikas Nov 11, 2014 01:11pm

@Zeeshan Siddiqui I'm sorry sir, but in Pakistan its the opposite. For every person that loves Malala there are 10 that hate her. Thats the reality of Pakistan and its really a pity. Maybe the 10 voice their opinion and the 10 supporting her stay silent but then whats the point? Speak up if there are people in support of her and be seen. At present the question is Whre are they?"

Bahadur Nov 11, 2014 01:24pm

@Fahd Siddiqu: my friend, you are falling in to the catogary of pretending asleep, whom you can never wake up. Things in such situations are to be seen in 'Black and White' otherwise you are going to confuse yourself, not knowing what you stand for. And as it's said, if you don't stand for anything, you will fall for everything.

Abdul Nov 11, 2014 03:46pm

@akkersman Will Pakistan last that long ? just asking.

Abdul Nov 11, 2014 03:56pm

@Sonny Afridi Difference being that the guilty are punished in India.

Abdul Nov 11, 2014 03:57pm

@naveed Your wish has been granted.

LS Nov 11, 2014 04:14pm

Only in Pakistan

LS Nov 11, 2014 04:16pm

@ali Did he say that peacefully protesting is tolerance or you just decided to put words from your own side that were never said?

LS Nov 11, 2014 04:21pm

@Musafir Please do not discount other nobel peace prizes. Please give credit where it is due. Everything in the world is not conspiracy theory, just because the truth does not suit you or your ideology...

Ajay vikram Singh Nov 11, 2014 07:21pm

There is nothing wrong with Salman Rashdie or his book Satanic verses. Most of you have not read it even. I wish, someone can comment here, that what exactly is wrong with Satanic Verses. Anyone?

Hasan Abbas Nov 12, 2014 01:59am

IF we comment like this then why we say that every person has a right to express them? Its just the feelings of private schools association why every body take it as an attack on women rights and human rights or saying that it shows our mentality? It shows that we are intolerant and extremist from both ends one is religious extremist and other is liberal or secular extremist and both are menace for our society.

Fahd Siddiqui Nov 12, 2014 04:42am

@Bahadur On the contrary, I know exactly what I stand for. And Malala is not it. I am against Taliban. This is what I stand for. I am awake and free of sensationalism. Thank you very much.

Akil Akhtar Nov 12, 2014 06:30am

It seems any strong Pakistan response to indian hate mongering here is moderated, what a service we are doing to our country....

Hashim Nov 12, 2014 03:27pm

Wow i Appreciate them the ground reality about malala

Your Indian Friend Nov 12, 2014 07:28pm

Is Pakistan allergic to Nobel Prize? Pakistan's treatment to her past and present about Nobel Prize winner prove this.

Hasan Abbas Nov 13, 2014 01:53am

@Your Indian Friend Friend we need our true heros to be admired just like you. Mr Satyarthi got the prize after 34 years of striving efforts Child slavery and they gave it to 17 years girl who has jst entered in ths field. I thnk it is the disgrace of Nobel prize as well as the person who jointly got it.

ROHIT PANDEY Nov 13, 2014 06:08am

@naveed I can see EXACTLY how your mentality is reflected in posts here !!!

Partition was the best thing that happened to India!

A population with a mindset that can be dubbed "gangrenous" became Pakistan!!

And,the gangrene has well set in?

Good luck with being backward ?

Since the amputation was done in 1947,India is SAFE from such thinking!!!!!

Rajesh Yadav Nov 13, 2014 06:43pm

@Shaista Ali Quite a few pakastanis comment in Indian news papers. You are welcome to keep your limited knowledge, please do not advise us.

Raisani Nov 14, 2014 01:33pm

@Zeeshan Siddiqui Can you please tell us few of her achievements? any few.

nazia Nov 14, 2014 11:50pm

shame on association of Pakistani schools what kind of country is this?