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Page from an electronic diary: Live Malala live!

Updated Oct 10, 2012 06:47pm


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Malala Yousufzai – photo courtesy Nighat Dad

Live Malala live! Don’t die for believing in the prayer you sang at school: “May I love the lamp of knowledge, O God (lab pe aati hai doa).” Live for Iqbal’s dua that we all grew up singing at our schools. Live for Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad, Malala's Pakistan Paindabad!

This was not the first entry in the diary. It started with a simple prayer for a 14-year old girl struggling for her life after she was shot in the head for demanding the right to attend school.

“Malala, may Allah protect you and give you a long and happy life. Amen!”

The prayer led to the recognition of what an innocent girl had achieved at such a tender age.

“What you achieved at this young age, people do not n their entire lives. You brought love and compassion to millions of hearts. You tried to bring light to those living in perpetual darkness,” it said.

“Today, the entire nation prays for you. Our eyes are wet. Our hearts are heavy. But the light you lit in this darkness cannot be extinguished. You are what a true Muslim should be.”

As it happens with electronic diaries, about a dozen people liked it. But this was not enough. So an appeal followed: “Liking is not enough. Please share your emotions too.”

The first person to respond was Munir Pervaiz, a Pakistani living in Canada. “All friends who are not apologists for the Taliban; resolve that we will prevent these cowards from killing our innocent daughters in the name of religion,” he wrote.

“Let's remember the bravery of a child who tried to stop the tyranny that the ignorant are trying to impose on our poor motherland.”

Asif Alam, a Pakistani New Yorker, wrote he could “no longer stand Taliban apologists after this incident. Amazing that some leaders are still reluctant to criticise the Taliban! Shame, shame, shame! Get well soon Malala”

Wajih Shah, who did not disclose where he lived, said it was wrong to say that such people were Muslims because they had a strange obsession: Killing innocent children.

When one commentator, N.T. called Malala “an enemy because she liked an enemy (President Barack Obama),” the person who initiated the diary urged him not to do so.

“Our hearts are heavy with sorrow. Our eyes are wet. We are in pain, N.T. Have mercy on us. We will fight you another day. Today, we pray.”

“Really sorry sir if you got hurt,” N.T. responded but continued to attack Malala and praise the Taliban.

This forced the diarist to urge his friends to “stand up and be counted. Let the world know Malala is not alone.”

Michael Siddique, another Pakistani Canadian, urged Pakistani politicians to come out and condemn the Taliban.

“Malala’s fault was that she didn't agree with your and the Taliban' version of Islam,” wrote Siddique in a message for Imran Khan.

“CODE PINK, do your homework the next time, you go out to protest along with a politician,” said he while referring to American peace activists who joined Imran Khan’s rally.

“Not just me, most Pakistanis are hurt today. If you have an honest heart, you will acknowledge that the Taliban are a minority in our nation,” wrote the diarist when another Taliban supporter asked why he was so upset.

“But let's not fight today. Let us pray for her life. May Allah save her, Amen,” he wrote.

N.T., J.A. and I.B. asked why were the liberals so upset over Malala? “Are those killed in drone attacks in Fata not Pakistanis?”

“If Malala dies, 'ilm,' dies, resistance to tyranny dies, the will for progress dies, the desire for redemption dies, the nation dies,” came a response.

Tahira Mussarat Hussain, a Pakistani-American, noted that “Malala is everywhere today. She touched everyone's heart. She will be fine insha Allah and we will see more Malalas.”

“When hundreds of innocent girls were burned in the Red Mosque, where were you?” asked J.A.

“The attack on Malala is an attack on humanity. Humanity must speak out in one voice against this cowardly attack,” wrote Ahmar Mastikhan.

“As the poet Iqbal prayed, I want our kids - both boys and girls - to pray for knowledge for generations. I want them to express their desire for knowledge without any fear,” wrote the diarist while explain why the attack on Malala hurt him so much.

“This is not about the diarist. This is not about an individual. The whole nation is crying over and praying for this little girl and you have to bring in other issues into it,” wrote Wasim Sajid, while responding to N.T. and J.A.

“Her strength is evident - the 'powerful men' feared her enough to target her. That is true power from a 14-year-old,” wrote Orna Wiseman.

“Those rejoicing at Malala’s plight should know that what may happen to them can be worse,” wrote Behroz Khan.

“I do not know much about her apart from what I have read today. Her greatest contribution yet might be that this ghastly incident galvanises the long suffering common people into protesting and fighting the scourge of Taliban in a way that they never did before,” wrote Samir Gupta.

“I also prayed for her,” wrote Ramanuj Ghosh. “As far as I know, Islam never taught this. They are giving a bad name to the religion.”

“Hope she and everybody in this tragedy survive,” wrote Sajjad Haider.

“Let us all donate money so she can get the best care in the world, gets well and once again resists the forces of darkness. We can collectively defeat the evil. I will try to find out where to send money for her treatment,” suggested Mohsin Masood, a US educationist of Pakistani origin.


The author is a correspondent for Dawn, based in Washington, DC


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Doruk Adnnan Oct 10, 2012 04:42pm
We all condemn the barbarian incident but why are we referring the shooters as Taliban? I am Not supporting Taliban but there are certain questions that need to be answered. This could have happened before the PTI peace march too. Why right after the incident. Who benefits?
Kashif Oct 11, 2012 03:10am
Long Live Malala.
Naresh Sharma Oct 11, 2012 12:10pm
People like u...can make difference in our society and Lives!!!! LONG LIVE MALALA...wishes from India!!!
SadIndian Oct 10, 2012 04:08pm
Indians are equally sad and angry over this incidence. She is hero to Indians too.
pakistani Oct 11, 2012 06:27pm
thousands of pakistanis protest on streets to protect the killlers of innocent girl from the drone attacks.
pakistani Oct 11, 2012 06:30pm
thousands of pakistanis protest on streets to protect the killers of the girl from the drone attacks.What A country. Shame on you Mr imran Khan.think before gathering millions whom you are trying to protect.
Sridhar Oct 11, 2012 07:22pm
My Salute to brave girl I pray to god for her speedy Recovery and to give her courage to fight injustice Sridhar
Raw is War Oct 11, 2012 12:41am
but can Pakistan give up Taliban?
fbn2 Oct 11, 2012 09:19am
Some have but they didn't blame the attackers, they blamed the girl for standing up for her rights. It was her fault apparently.
Aziz Oct 10, 2012 05:07pm
Nitin, Thank you for your kind feeling. Much appreciated With due respect this is our problem and our war. It is being fought in the name of our religion. Therefore please do not get emotionally involved with it. It is an internal matter for Pakistanis to resolve on their own.
Nitin Oct 10, 2012 12:59pm
why bring religion in picture? Everyone who read this news is shocked and praying for her. I am Hindu from India and my heart goes out for this little angel. If there is GOD, any GOD, I don't care about which GOD, I pray to him. Please get her well soon.
Saeed Oct 11, 2012 06:45am
May Allah bless Malala with complete and fast recovery, long healthy life, wisdom, and courage to realize her noble dream of prmoting education and good governance in Pakistan.
Saeed Oct 11, 2012 06:43am
May Allah bless Malala with complete recovery, long healthy life, courage, and wisdom to realize her noble dreams.
Liangousang Vualnam Oct 11, 2012 06:37am
I pray she is well. Lots of love..!!! A great contribution for Humanity!!
Kanwaljeet Oct 11, 2012 06:39am
Dear sir, It’s so heartening that so many people have come out for malala. But I am doubtful that situation will change even if more malalas come out and starts operating in Pakistan Please consider following reasons: 1) “You are what a true Muslim should be” the author said in praise of malala. Instead “you are what a true human being should be” would have been more appropriate. It indicates the basic mentality of Pakistani people. They are being taught to be muslim first and then human being as if there cannot be people around who are non muslim. And this gives rise to intolerance in them. 2) All these views are from expatriate Pakistanis. Why? Native Pakistanis can’t express their views for malala. Or they are scared of Taliban and authorities supporting them. They want to run away from home and expressed their views only from safe heavens of other countries. The dawn today is full of articles for malala. But not one of them is written by native Pakistan. You guys have got your freedom (from British) for free. You used violence to break the nation and got Pakistan. But now it is time you EARN your freedom…from religious fundamentalism and oppression…the very thing you guys have created and responsible for. And it will be difficult since it lies within you. And for that you need to fight and sacrifice…not just blog from safe Canadian suburb.
INDIAN Oct 12, 2012 04:10am
Get well soon sister. There are so many Indian brothers and sisters praying for you. You are not just an asset of Pakistan. You are the world's asset. The world needs you as a savior. Cowards will use bullets on flowers. But a brave girl like you can fight any bullet with flowers.
noni Oct 11, 2012 12:52pm
and now what ? wait for another killing ....sadness :(
Clara Oct 11, 2012 04:50am
Friends : For a moment please get Religion out of the way and think like a human being. Too much religion is not good for anyone.
SV Oct 12, 2012 05:32am
Malala's suffering has motivated large numbers of moderate Muslims to speak their minds. I hope Malala recovers fully to see what she has accomplished. God bless her, her family and the others injured in this attack.
whatever99 Oct 10, 2012 05:52pm
Sir Our heart goes to this brave girl, we wish her quick recovery. Million Pakistani will come out on the the street to defend Islam, ignorants should know what this girl stands for is all about Islam, Sharia or otherwise. Besides, God and Religions are the figment of imaginations of human beings. What's inside you is important and matters.
Syed Ishtiaque Reza Oct 10, 2012 11:22am
We the people in Bangladesh are also praying for brave Malala... Her fight is not only for Pakistan, but also for the entire Muslim world..
md Oct 12, 2012 04:42am
God bless the brave girl. If the Pakistan people and politicians do not wake up now, then absolutely no hope left on this country.
Andrey, UA Oct 11, 2012 04:18pm
Be alive Malala
satyam Oct 11, 2012 05:50am
Many slutes to Malala from India !!
Does it Matter Oct 11, 2012 10:47am
150M Pakistanis and only a few condenmnations!!!! I have seen more people at rallies against US or India. Time to think Pakistan. How many rallies have been organized to support Malala? How many stood up and got counted? If you still feel you want to remain quiet so be it. But forever hold your silence since you deserve that.
Azmat Oct 11, 2012 07:13am
Has any of our religious party leades condemned the attack on Malala? If not, Pakistanis, please take notice of those who haven't unequivocally done so. You should know what they really stand for .
shozab Oct 10, 2012 10:53am
May Allah bless Malala with safe recovery and give her long life and also give courage to all of us to eradicate extremism from our beloved homeland.
khawart Oct 11, 2012 09:48pm
Mr. Anwar Iqbal, I am a fan after reading soem of your articles. I reside in Maryland and would like to get in touch and meet. If you are so inclined please contact me at my email. Cheers,
Somesh Oct 11, 2012 02:20pm
Get better little angel. The world needs you.
quresh Oct 11, 2012 06:56pm
So many human dying like Mala. What is so spacial about Mala, others are not Humans or are they getting same treatment???????????????????
Farhan Oct 10, 2012 11:15am
Beautifully written piece.
rakesh Oct 11, 2012 12:18pm
Really...great courage by a small girl , , on behalf of 20 crores.
Kartik Oct 11, 2012 05:10pm
U've earned my respect.. m too small in front of u.. May u have more strength and power.. God bless u With lots of blessings from India
whatever99 Oct 11, 2012 12:12pm
She is Not fighting Taliban or America war here but her own right to education and do well or succeed in life.
akmal Oct 10, 2012 10:30am
who is responsible for that particular incidence.... must be man camouflage as human.....verified information always be required /....
Syed Imran Oct 10, 2012 10:42am
Malala Yousifzai is a star whose light will never be extinguished. Talibans or any extremists bullet or bombs will not dim the spirit that has been set loose by this shining soul. Malala Yousifzai reminds us of another brave woman Qurat-ul-Ain ‘Tahira who in the 18th century in the midst of the dark forces of fanaticism, prejudice and hatred raised her voice for the emancipation of women. Her last words to her executioner “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women.”offers hope for women who are struggling to free themselves from the shackles of bigotry. Its time for Pakistan to wake up and fight the dark forces of extremism
DB Oct 10, 2012 05:42pm
My heart weeps for her and her family -- especilly her father who adored her and supported her. I am beyond sadness for her beloved village and especially the Pakistan women who believe that education is their right.
Cyrus Howell Oct 10, 2012 02:09pm
Amen brother.
surinder Oct 10, 2012 02:17pm
I join million of peple in offerring prayers for the well being of this brave daughter of the continent. God Bless her.
G.A. Oct 10, 2012 02:18pm
Why now? Right after Imran Khan's Waziristan rally? Who benefits? These are the questions people should be asking.
M.Amir Oct 10, 2012 04:58pm
malala is the daughter of every pakistani our hearts are crying and all girls and women of pakistan is thinking that why she was shooted because of her for love for this a sin to raise voice for her right which is given to her by God and not by them.may God bless her always and Please Allah give her health to fight with the peolpes who are against the education.ameen
Suren Singh Sahni Oct 11, 2012 07:28am
Malala should be nominated for Nobel peace prize. She stood for the emancipation of women and equality a universal charter of human rights.
MSK Oct 11, 2012 12:09am
We all pray with the core of our heart that God Almighty may give you long life, courage and strength to serve the country and the right cause as preached by Islam. These psedo mullahs, under the garb of Islam, are doing such acts which have no direct or indirect relevence with the Quran and Sunnah. They are serving their own personal ego that is taking them to the path of maghdobeen. And they are not on the right path (sarat-e-mustaqueem)..
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Menon Oct 10, 2012 02:30pm
This one intelligent and smart girl. She is going to be gift to mankind who should nurtured. God only knows what she will acomplish in her life, given a chance. Nurture her. If you can't there will be millions standing in line to do so.
Salahuddin Oct 11, 2012 09:59pm
Malala is a symbol of courage, bravery and truthfulness. She is a mark of resistance against the evil forces of darkness. She taught the leaders of Pakistan, to unite against this dirty and filthy mind set, which has taken the task upon themselves, to distort the very basic concept of Islam. It is heartening to know that Pakistani media is playing a very positive role, and some ulema explaining the true sense of Islam, regarding the heinous crime committed by the terrorists. Long live! malalai Yousafzai.
karim Oct 10, 2012 02:56pm
The pen is more powerful than the sword, the Taliban will be defeated.
Tazeen Oct 10, 2012 07:46pm
I wanna read Malala's Diary and wanna see how she made Helery condemn attack on her when ther r killing thousand of people in Pakistan................they donot need such condmenation1
raj Oct 12, 2012 02:44am
so called intellectual.... Stop being sceptical to everything. you're habituated to blame it on someone. Can't you just see, Taliban has claimed the responsibility???
Ashher Oct 12, 2012 02:15am
Malala hope you will get better soon , Pakistan needs you. It is heartning to see an overwhelming response for Malala. I also want raised a little voice inside me saying that do not forget the 2 other girls injured in this attack and also please raise your voice and concerns for the hundreds of innocent children died in US drone attacks.
Tazeen Oct 10, 2012 07:41pm
Did u ever thought about drone victims including civilian children, ladies families, and old people who r dieing and they have done nothing. No TV channel of the world condemns these attacks. When malala writes diary against Taliban everyone praises her but nobody want to talk. Regards
Mohni Oct 10, 2012 10:51pm
Ask Talibans, why they did it now?
ali Oct 11, 2012 04:58am
Pakistan is proud of Mlalala, the brave daughter of land. We all should condem the coward tailaban who have commited such inhuman action. I think after this incident , no civilized person can have any thing positive about Taliban in his mind. Infact this is the true face of taliban and religious extremist. Nation should throughout all the political leader who did not condem talibn openly and forcefully.
Pravin Sonak Oct 10, 2012 07:37pm
I am Indian leaving in US and Praying for her. She is Angel. We all needed to unit for her.
Pravin Sonak Oct 10, 2012 07:36pm
Well Said Nitin. I am praying for her as well. Pravin from New Jersey.
lalit bagai Oct 10, 2012 06:43pm
liberals in pakistan should do a million peoples march to support malala. this should consist of young and old. men and women. let the numbers show how many support malala. this is the only way. writeing comments is not enough. i am touched by malala,s plight. . she is every ones child. i am concerned people will lose interest in her after a while. her killers will get away.
Naseer Oct 10, 2012 03:41pm
Shame on Talibaan apologists. All Pakistanis should unite to defeat Talibaan. Their belief is only "My way or no way". It has nothing to do with Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and humanity.
krishna prasad Oct 10, 2012 11:44pm
May the Almighty (Khuda) bless this innocent and brave girl long productive years of life to help others and enlighten the society in Pakistan. She is a jewel in the crown of self-less, group of compassionate citizens in Pakistan. Shame on the men who did this for this teen soul who is full of innocence and joy.Let the perpetrators be punished severely to teach a lesson to the culprits and their coterie. It is time for Pakistani authorities to act sincerely without any delay.
ajay Oct 10, 2012 08:32pm
An ideology that gets threatened by a 14 year old girl wanting to attend school is on the verge of extinction! Speaking on behalf of all my countrymen, I'd say Pakistan, you should be truly proud of Malala Yousafzai. And trust me we will defeat these cowards. That's the least we owe to our children!
Dr. A.R. Jha, Sr. Consulting Scientist Oct 11, 2012 05:22am
Taliban made the biggest blunder in attacking the innocent and brave girl Malala. I am honored to join millions of people around the world for her speedy recovery. May God bless her and protect her for the benefit of humanity.
Rajesh Oct 10, 2012 08:40pm
I urge the moderate Muslims who showed their numbers when an amature film-maker made a film insulting the prophet. Why can't the same crowds come out on the streets this time to finish Taliban?
Khurram Oct 10, 2012 12:32pm
If Talibans call themselves as Muslim, how can they open fire on this angel ... just look into her eyes for few seconds. For God sake or whatever you believe in for that sake, please do not disgrace my religion, my people and my nation.
Anindya Sur Oct 10, 2012 04:42pm
let us all who hope for a better tomorrow prey for her who makes the word more habitable......our beloved cannot die