Malala wants to be Pakistan's prime minister some day

Malala says through politics, she can save the entire country.


Afp October 11, 2013
Malala Yousafzai poses for photographers with her father Ziauddin and journalist Christiane Amanpour prior to taking part in a panel discussion in New York, October 10, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK: Teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai told an audience in New York Thursday that she would like to become prime minister of Pakistan to "save" the country.

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour at a sold-out public event, she also said winning Friday's Nobel Peace Prize would be a "great honour."

Asked about her conflicting dreams of becoming a doctor or a politician, and whether she would like to become premier, Malala said she wanted to help her homeland.

"I want to become a prime minister of Pakistan," she told Amanpour to cheers from the audience.

"I think it's really good because through politics I can save my whole country," she added.

"I can spend much of the budget on education and I can also concentrate on foreign affairs."

Malala was shot in the head by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on October 9, 2012, for speaking out against them, demanding that girls have the right to go to school.

She was flown to Britain for specialist care and made a remarkable recovery, going on to become a global ambassador for children's rights.

The 16-year-old has written an autobiography, addressed the United Nations and set up the Malala Fund.

On Thursday, she won the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize from the European parliament and has been tipped as a firm favorite for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"If I got the Nobel Peace Prize I think it would be such a great honor and more than I deserve," she said.

"The Nobel Peace Prize would help me to begin this campaign for girls' education."

The real prize, she said, would be to see every child, black or white, Christian or Muslim, boy or girl, go to school and "for that I will struggle and work hard."

She paid tribute to previous Nobel laureates, including scientist Abdus Salam who in 1979 won the prize for physics - Pakistan's only Nobel to date.

"Everyone who has got a Nobel prize, they deserve it but when I think of myself I think I have a lot to do," she told Amanpour.

The TTP have threatened to try to assassinate her again and security was tight for her public event in New York late Thursday.

"They can only shoot a body, they cannot shoot my dreams," Malala said.

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COMMENTS (83)

MAK | 7 years ago | Reply

She can't be the PM of Pakistan as she is neither Malala Bhutto/Zardari nor Malala Sharif. And besides, it's too early to say about the future. As soon as the media gets another attractive name (with a more miserable background) to sell, they'll move on and Malala will fade away.

Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan | 7 years ago | Reply

Poor kid, she is being used by these Western powers for PR to defame Pakistan. These same foreign powers fund the TTP, use it to malign the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan, and use TTP to launch attacks against Afghan Taliban, Kashmiri groups, and Pakistan army. I hope she wakes up and helps the people of Pakistan, rather than furthering foreign meddling in Pakistan.

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