National peace prize named after Malala Yousafzai

Published: December 20, 2011

Malala Yousafzai receiving National Youth Peace Prize from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at PM House in Islamabad. PHOTO: NNI

Malala Yousafzai receiving National Youth Peace Prize from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at PM House in Islamabad. PHOTO: NNI Prime Minister Gilani awards Malala National Peace Prize, Rs500,000 in cash. PHOTO: FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

ISLAMABAD: Malala Yousafzai stood up against all odds. In defiance of the Taliban in Swat, she decided to acquire education and helped her peers to do the same. The thirteen-year-old’s dauntless struggle is to now be officially recognised.

Malala, who was recently honoured with the first National Peace Award for Youth, is to now have the award named after her. The annual award will now be known as the National Malala Peace Prize. It will be presented to outstanding Pakistan youth below 18 years of age.

Earlier, Malala was the first Pakistani child amongst the top five nominees from around the globe for a peace award on Universal Children’s Day. Although she didn’t receive the international award, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani decided to acknowledge her efforts for the promotion of education in the extremely hostile conditions of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Malakand division.

The Prime Minister congratulated Malala and her parents for her courageous stand and reaching out to her classmates to carry on with their studies in defiance of the Taliban who had banned secular education during their campaign in Malakand. She was also congratulated by the premier and other ministers on receiving the runner-up prize from Dutch Organisation KidsRights.

“I convinced my friends and other classmates of the importance of education and told them that our primary education will decide our future,” she said. “I am thankful not only to the students but also to their parents for honouring my requests and sending their daughters back to school,” she added.

On Malala’s request herself, the prime minister has also directed the authorities to set up an IT campus in the Swat Degree College for Women.

For the upcoming year, Malala expressed her resolve to keep working for girls’ rights not only in Swat valley but across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. She is looking forward to support from the country as well as the Pakhtun community in this regard.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2011.

Reader Comments (15)

  • Spaniard
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:55PM

    I rate this young girl as good Pakistani and better than Bilawal zadari

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:26PM

    Long live Malala. We proud of you.

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  • ezza
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Glad to hear that :)

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  • DG
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Everyone in the world for women’s lib should be.

    They have become endangered species in Pakistan today. So more encouragement should be there from all over the world.

    We all are proud of you Malala.

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  • trtk
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:06PM

    8 yr old or 16yr old ???? picture tells a diff story

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  • Ghareeb
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Zindabad! brave girl.

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  • amin
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:28PM

    what she has done….its just the media hype….there are hundreds of more girls doing far better than her….i dont know why media has creating a hype by promoting her extensivelyRecommend

  • Maryam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:40PM

    Welldone Malala Yousafzai and thank you Mr Prime Minister!!!

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Vienna,December 20,2011
    Pre-teen or teenager Malala deserves recognition as a common
    growing Pakistani young woman.Such recognition helps in
    modernizing an obscurantist “karo kari” society.I congratulate
    her.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 9:27PM

    hello malala i am proud of you.believe me i want such a girl like you you are great yar great very good malala want to be friend with you .

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:32PM

    The nation is proud of you Malala. May Al-Mighty Allah be always with you in your future endeavors

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  • Mudassir
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:34PM

    amin
    You dont need to comment if you dont know anything about her.

    I came to know about her when I read her diary about Sawat under Tabliban rule two years back. She used to write under the pen name Gul Makai. Her real name was revealed much later when peace was restored in Sawat.Recommend

  • Quraysh Khattak
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:58AM

    This acknowledgement is good. She has become a symbol of hope and courage. I will request the government to please provide her proper security. The media hype and publicity can put in danger this brave girl and her family.

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  • Jaju
    Dec 21, 2011 - 11:10AM

    Well Done! Malala.

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  • Khalid
    Dec 21, 2011 - 2:08PM

    This the only commendable thing that premier did during his tenure.

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