JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: Though Malala Yousufzai did not win the Nobel Peace Prize, it was still a matter of great pride for Pakistan that one of its daughters was nominated for the honour. For the world, Malala is an icon of peace, bravery and determination. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, her assailants are yet to be arrested, let alone prosecuted, and they have vowed to try and kill her again. It was because of this threat that the local administration in her home town of Mingora did not organise any function to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack on her.
In fact, we have seen Pakistani politicians all pledge that they will hold talks with the Taliban and if anything, this has raised the morale of the latter. Whether it is Malala, or Dr Abdus Salam, the only Pakistani to have ever won a Nobel prize, both were exiled by zealots and had to leave their native land.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2013.