Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Malana-the lamp to the future

SreeNair | 1:40 AM |

Malala ,a young girl in her teens is in the tidings in a scale that should make the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for global education,former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, to broach her name to the Swedish Academy for the Nobel peace prize.

Malala Yousafzai,The 15 year old teenager activist is fighting for her life in the Queens Elizabeth Hospital in Burmingham following an attack on her by the Taliban "agents of Satan". The sin that she has committed is that she had worked for the education of the Muslim girls in her home city of Mingora in the Swat in west Pakistan wherein an edict of Taliban that no girls could attend school after 15 January 2009 is in force.Ziauddin Yousafzai, her father speaking after arriving in Britain to visit Malala with his wife and two sons, said that when she fell, Pakistan stood and the world rose.

Yousafzai told a press conference in Birmingham;"This is a turning point. In Pakistan, for the first time, all political parties, Urdus, Christians, Sikhs, all religions prayed for my daughter." He added: "She is not just my daughter, she is everybody's daughter.

"The doctors say that the bullet grazed her brain and traveled through her head and neck before lodging in her left shoulder.

Yousafzai was largely on the footsteps of her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who is a poet and an educational activist , running a chain of schools known as the Khushal Public School, named after a famous Pashtun poet, Khushal Khan Khattak.

She started writing diary for the BBC in Urdu in 2009 under a pseudonym"Gul Makai" on the instance of her father at a time when Taliban militants led by Maulana Fazlullah were taking over the Swat Valley, banning television, music, girls’ education.She wrote on the psychological trauma the female children in the Swath had to suffer.

Her BBC blogging identity was being revealed in articles as early as December 2009. She also began appearing on television to publicly advocate for female education.

Death threats were announced in newspapers and she began to get direct threats slammed on her door.Soon she became a celebrity in Pakistan.

In October 2011, Desmond Tutu announced Yousafzai's nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize . She was awarded Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize later in December.

Malala Yousafzai is now heading for the direct confrontation with the Taliban.

In a meeting held in the summer of 2012, Taliban leaders unanimously decided to kill her. On 9 October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai in the head while she was on her way back home after taking an exam with two classmates in north-west Pakistan.

The attempt on the girl raised furor worldwide . Public anger mounted against the shooting in several Pakistani cities the day after the attack. Pakistani officials offered a $105,000 (10 million rupee) reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers.

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World leaders unanimously denounced the attack.President Barack Obama said that news of the shooting was "reprehensible, disgusting and tragic". United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called it a "heinous and cowardly act". Pakistan's president described it as an attack on "civilized people".

The singer Madonna at a concert in Los Angeles the day of the attack announced; "This made me cry," Madonna said, "The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realize how sick that is?"

The United Nations has declared November 10 as 'Malala Day' in honor of the teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai."This Saturday (November 10th) will see Malala Day, a global event to show the world that people of all creeds; all sexes, all backgrounds and all countries stand behind Malala," Brown said.

After the event,the media around the world is getting increasingly polarized in to pro Taliban and Pro-American. US is emerging themselves as saviors the extend to which Taliban goes brutal . While the Malala incidence is catching up with the imaginations of the world,the atrocities on Pakistani civilian by the drone attacks are pushed to behind the curtains.The Lakhs of names of children like Vaseer, Tharique Azees are not heard by us because the predator here are the Americans. America is judge, jury and adjudicator.

Former Pak cricket captain Imran Khan says;"I have always maintained that these drone attacks are counter productive apart from violating all humanitarian laws. America is stooping lower than the Talibans".

Obama gave no indication that he would halt or alter the drone program which according to Mr Khan is an action in which "about 98 percent of those killed are either lower level militants or innocent civilians while only two percent are high level targets."


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