Amid controversy: Girls college in AJK to be renamed after Malala

Published: December 15, 2012
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“I come with a message from party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asifa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari… Kashmiris are not alone in their struggle,” AJK Premier Chaudhry Abdul Majeed. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

“I come with a message from party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asifa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari… Kashmiris are not alone in their struggle,” AJK Premier Chaudhry Abdul Majeed. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRPUR (AJK): The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has revealed plans to rename a girl’s college in the region after Malala Yousafzai.

Addressing a huge public rally in Bagh on Saturday, he told participants that the Malot Girls Degree College will be renamed after the peace icon. The announcement comes at a time when students at the now Government Malala College for Girls in Swat are protesting the renaming of their school after the activist, saying it would make them a likely target for militants.

The AJK premier also told participants that state’s first women’s university,he announced that the state’s first women’s university, which is to be named after Asifa Bhutto Zardari, will be established in Bagh, along with announcing a Rs30 million package for the district.

In his address, Majeed reaffirmed the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination. Declaring AJK the ‘base camp’ for the Kashmiri freedom movement, he maintained no ‘delaying tactics’ by India will alter the Kashmiri people’s stance.

“I come with a message from party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asifa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari… Kashmiris are not alone in their struggle,” the AJK premier told participants of the rally.

Majeed claimed that the people of both Kashmir and Pakistan had always given their mandate to the Pakistan Peoples Party whenever free and fair elections were held, adding that the party never came into power through a back door.

“We are with the downtrodden and the poor in their fight against cruelty and injustice,” he maintained.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Very good move… despite the fact that it will give heart burns to the sympathizers of terrorists from the Urban areas of northern and central Punjab.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:46PM

    can we put an end to this madness. for crying out loud put an end to this mallala crap now.

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  • abu-uzhur
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:49PM

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    The students of Swat College don’t want their college re-named after Malala because of fear of terrorists .
    It is terribly agonising . We are an atomic power ! We have one of the best armies
    of the world ! Tens of millions of our citizens are being starved to maintain this army.
    Still we can’t handle a small number of militants who are decimating our
    society and state . Why are we so helpless ? One is simply baffled .

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Shaabaash beytey Shaabaash.

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  • Hairaan
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Why don’t we change Pakistan’s name to Malalistan and then end the madness one for all.

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  • Umer
    Dec 16, 2012 - 4:13AM

    @Pakistani:

    can we put an end to this madness. for crying out loud put an end to this mallala crap now.

    I know, it hurts when Taliban get a bad name.

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  • Dec 16, 2012 - 4:19AM

    Keep naming institutes, airports, dont practically do something for education.

    We have Benazir everywhere from Islamabad Airport to RWP General Hospital to Benazirabad but her ideology is lost amid dust of ignorance.

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  • nassi
    Dec 16, 2012 - 4:32AM

    It definitely will be a fitting tribute to Malala’s extraordinary bravery.
    Most of those those who are whinge and whining about this type of defiant gestures are either sympathisers of murderous terrorists or afraid to stand up to the them.

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  • JSM
    Dec 16, 2012 - 8:11AM

    @abu-uzhur:
    Because atom bombs made with stolen technology do not make you a real atomic power. Your army is not the best- they have never won a war- by winning a war i,e, achieved their objectives.
    You can not build a nation on negativities.

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  • nassi
    Dec 16, 2012 - 11:20AM

    It definitely will be a fitting tribute to Malala’s extraordinary bravery.

    Most of those who are whinge and whining about this type of defiant gestures are either sympathisers of murderous terrorists or afraid to stand up to the them.

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  • islooboy
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:25PM

    @JSM:
    do you even realise that our missile program started in the 50,s when nasa helped suparco launch sounding rockets and for god sake no countey can export missile greater than 300km range it can give you sanctions and we do develop missile many organizations like gids nescom and heavy industry taxila produces them

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  • JSM
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @islooboy:
    I appreciate what you say. But then what is the reason for helplessness expressed in abu-uzhur’s mail?

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  • village Chamyati
    Dec 21, 2012 - 4:33PM

    **Why Mr Prime Minster, you drag the so called war of terrorism in the name of politics to the peaceful region. Politics should remained within the domain of election politics not invite the uninvited guests in your region. I would appreciate Mr Prime Minister if you do politics with your rival Mr Sultan and opposition but not with powers you dont have control.

    villagechamyati@gmail.com

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