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‘Malala ahead of Obama among world thinkers’

Published Nov 27, 2012 12:10am


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Malala Yousufzai. — File Photo

WASHINGTON: Malala Yousufzai is number six on US magazine Foreign Policy’s list of 100 top global thinkers in 2012. She is ahead of US President Barack Obama who is number seven.

The other three Pakistanis on the list are former Pakistani ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, his wife Farahnaz Ispahani and blogger Sana Saleem.

Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein, a former general, top the 2012 list.

Others on the list include US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former US president Bill Clinton and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyap Erdogan.

The Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list is published annually. It lists people who are believed to have influenced the thinking of the international community in a particular year.

In previous years, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and current ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman have also been featured in the Top 100 Global Thinkers lists.

“The Taliban’s most fearsome enemy in Pakistan isn't US drones or the military's tanks: It’s a 15-year-old schoolgirl,” says a one-page introduction of Malala Yousufzai attached to the list.

“Malala Yousafzai's tool of defiance? Her own bravery in speaking out for the simple idea that girls should have access to the same education as boys.”

The magazine points out that even as Pakistan bristles with roughly 100 nuclear warheads, up to 60 per cent of women are still illiterate and two out of every five girls fail to finish primary school.

The magazine notes that the Taliban gunman, who attacked Malala as she headed home after an exam, announced that she must be punished for insulting “the soldiers of Allah”. Then he shot her in the head. The introduction also refers to Malala’s diary published on a BBC blog.

Pakistani internet activist Sana Saleem has been added to the list “for insisting that free speech is not blasphemy.’’


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Comments (25) Closed

saad azim Nov 28, 2012 09:45am
over hyped propaganda .. shes nothing but a traitor and a girl with secular ideology .I am surprised no one talks about Pakistan's tribal areas where thousands of poor innocent children are killed by the drones. All we hear is Malala Malala and Malala. ..... pathetic .. !!!!!!!
Just Curious Nov 29, 2012 09:07pm
I dont know much about it... Can you please specify exactly what has Malala accomplished singlehandedly against terrorism that our govt. and forces could not???
HUSANY Nov 30, 2012 05:44pm
she proved a single drop of ink is more powerful than thousands of artillery shells... that is the difference she did what your army didn
Nazir a. peerzada Nov 28, 2012 09:59am
Malala is the torch bearer for whole feminine world.She has raised the voice against terrorism when so called thinkers and intellectuals resorted to keep criminal silence.Hats must be off for this brave girl,she deserves the honour.
AHA Nov 27, 2012 12:08pm
Malala is the pride of Pakistan.
ghaleezguftar Nov 27, 2012 11:36am
what a joke!
better not say Nov 30, 2012 11:06pm
she is a girl not woman my friend
zain Nov 27, 2012 09:54am
She is a very brave woman indeed, a great fighter.
human Nov 28, 2012 08:19am
Wrong. Her ordeal represents the real picture of the daily lives of most people in Pakistan.
HM Nov 27, 2012 04:22pm
Well done Malala. Surprised to see Aung sui kee's name . What she had done... in 2012. except keeping her mouth shut of atrocities on Muslims of Burma
ImmI Nov 27, 2012 02:52pm
Malala,the real face of Pakistan.
johnkind1 Nov 27, 2012 07:12pm
what is your problem ghaleezguftar!
Leftist Nov 28, 2012 10:06am
Jalib sahib wrote this piece for Benazir, I took the liberty of dedicating it to Malala: dartay hain bandoqoon walay aik nihatti larki say phailay hain himmat kay ujalay aik nihatti larki say daray huay hain maray huay hain, larzeeda lardeeza hain mulla, tajir, general, jiyalay, air nihatti larki say
Chaman Nov 27, 2012 12:31pm
She is the pride of the free thinking and progressive world
Yawar Nov 28, 2012 02:39am
What Malala has accomplished singlehandedly in our fight against terrorism and extremism in Pakistan, our entire government and armed forces could not accomplish. I pray Allah swt grants her a long, healthy and prosperous life and success in the hereafter.
ghaleezguftar Nov 28, 2012 12:09pm
Rayan, she wrote a blog about the environment she was living in and that too was greatly edited for publishing by the BBC correspondent who interviewed her. Then one day she was going to school and a taliban hitman identified her in the van and shot her in the head(and yet she lived and that is a miracle) and other girls were also injured. swat is not moenjodaro and there are schools there since long! her father owns two schools and she studied in one of them. there is nothing newsworthy about the whole story except the shooting! grow up please!
haroonf Nov 27, 2012 06:13pm
She is the pride for the whole world.
Syed Nov 28, 2012 04:09am
In this young age she has proven to be an inspiration and a beacon of hope for many young girls. I hope her sacrifices will one day materialize in favor of every girl who seeks an education and a prosperous future for herself and her family.
Shabkhez minhas Nov 28, 2012 05:02am
A great hope for our future generations. She is brilliant indeed. Needs to live and implement her vision. Good luck malala.
Manzoor Nov 28, 2012 03:36am
She is more brave than most of our political leadership Manzoor
Syed Nov 28, 2012 03:36am should be ashamed of yourself. Your thought process is against of human dignity.
Malick Nov 27, 2012 11:51pm
Malala is a symble of future.
Rayan Nov 27, 2012 11:21am
Malala stands and follows the footstep of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS). Maula Salamat reky aap ko..She just shows us how to stands against today's Yazeedi Lashkar under the name of Talibans (Both Pakistani and Afghans)
Malik Nov 28, 2012 05:15am
Malala is divine child. At such tender age, the courage and wisdom shown by her is exemplary. It is up to the people of Pakistan to decide her blood brings the desired results, freedom to get educated for 50% of Pakistani population.
wonderer Nov 28, 2012 05:11am
The whole world has recognized the value of Malala. When will Pakistanis, most of whom feel like pigmies in front of her?