Like a daughter: Nawaz says Pakistan needs Malala the most right now

Published: September 26, 2013
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says that Malala, like all the Pakistani daughters, is also like his daughter. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says that Malala, like all the Pakistani daughters, is also like his daughter. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while meeting with teenage education activist Malala Yousufzai during a conference on education in New York on Wednesday remarked that Malala, like all Pakistani daughters, was like his daughter too, Express News reported.

Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October due to her writings against them. She then had to leave the country for further medical treatment, and cannot return due to the risk of reprisal attacks.

Nawaz, though, said that the country eagerly awaits her return.

With the country reeling from yet another terror attack, with the latest one a twin suicide attack on a church in Peshawar on Sunday that killed over 80 people, Nawaz said that at this moment Pakistan needed Malala the most.

The premier added that she would be made an ambassador for education in Pakistan.

Nawaz said that his administration is working to improve education in Pakistan, including implementing a uniform education system and working on war footing for ensuring school enrollment of every child. He also promised to double the education budget in a year.

Malala said that education was the only solution to all the problems in the country. “Wars can’t be ended with wars. Don’t send soldiers, send teachers.”

“Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”

She welcomed a four-fold increase in the education budget but said that more was needed to be done.

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  • bashir
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:41AM

    Malala had shown a lot of bravery by taking a stand against Taliban, but that was then..
    Now while being a teenager, instead of making the most of UK education oppurtunity, she is attending conferences and issuing policy statements on budgets.!!

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  • Karim
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:49AM

    She welcomed budget increase for education but also said “don’t send soldiers”. Is Mr. Sharif going to cut military budget? If not, what accountability will he make of the security forces who have repeatedly failed in curbing terrorism, including Osama Bin Laden’s presence on Pakistani soil.

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  • Sincere
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:25AM

    Malala is never gonna return!!!!!!

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  • Dj
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:51AM

    And him the least.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:33AM

    Please don’t fool her to return. She will not be safe here nor you will be able to protect her.

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  • Dark Knight
    Sep 26, 2013 - 6:05AM

    “Wars cant be ended with wars” – Malala
    So basicly malala is also saying no to war …. Where are all the PTI/ IK bashers now?

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  • logic
    Sep 26, 2013 - 6:29AM

    Malala is doing a great job abroad for Pakistan. No need to come back at least for now.

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  • Shaharyar
    Sep 26, 2013 - 6:33AM

    Imran was a hope! You have proven to be politically more mature. Please resolve all the crises Pakistan is facing Mr. Shareef

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  • csmann
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:24AM

    Nawaz said that at this moment Pakistan needed Malala the most.
    — for target practice?

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:19AM

    If you want to honor Malala – how about capturing the people who shot her in the head. Something apparently the govt and military forgot to do.

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  • Ashkenazi
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:27AM

    Good luck sending teachers into a **storm. I suggest better send few to test how well it works out.

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  • Samit
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:59AM

    Yeah right Mr. Sharif – as if she is going to return and get killed again.

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  • Umair
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:17AM

    Malala said …. ”Wars can’t be ended with wars … Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”

    Waiting for the liberals to start bashing Malala.

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  • m. a. changezi
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:18AM

    Give us a Malala break please. Please for God sake.

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  • Water Bottle
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:36AM

    Nawaz may have his compulsions in pushing for talks with TTP, otherwise he is a sensible man. He has, so far, made all the right noises.

    I don’t know why he pushes for peace talks with TTP, but I guess, he is afraid of a massive civil war with all Jihadi forces.

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  • Jadugar
    Sep 26, 2013 - 6:41PM

    She certainly is the daughter of Pakistan. She escaped death once. Thank God for that, Why would she risk her life again in a country where killing and abduction has become way of life and the Govt. cannot do a darn thing about it. She is better off doing it from outside.

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  • Sincere
    Sep 29, 2013 - 3:03AM

    WHY JUST MALALA? IS SHE AN ANGEL THAT SHOULD NOT RETURN BECAUSE HER LIFE IS NOT SAFE HERE, WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES UPTO NOW IN BLASTS? WERE THESE PEOPLE NOT HUMAN OR 3Rrd CLASS HUMANS? STOP DESCRIMINATION, SHE WILL NOT BE A HERO IF SHE DOESNOT RETURN

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