KARACHI: Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has expressed deep concern over the ongoing lockdown in India-held Kashmir and urged leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and beyond to work towards restoring peace in the valley.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Malala said that global leaders should listen to the voice of Kashmiris and help children go back to school.

Malala said that in the past week she had spent time speaking to people living and working in occupied Kashmir, including journalists, human rights lawyers and students.

“I wanted to hear directly from girls living in Kashmir right now. It took a lot of work from a lot of people to get their stories because of the communications blackout. Kashmiris are cut off from the world and unable to make their voices heard. #LetKashmirSpeak,” she tweeted.

Published in Dawn, September 15th, 2019