PESHAWAR: Recognising Malala Yousafzai’s efforts to promote schooling for girls, education activists said on Monday that examples of her bravery should be included in textbooks. Celebrating Malala Day at a hotel, former information minister and Awami National Party (ANP) General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the teenager was a global symbol for education. He urged people to host more of such events to highlight her heroism. Hussain stressed it was the government’s responsibility to ensure children displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan continue to receive an education. Other speakers said anti-Pukhtun elements were conspiring to push the people of the province into darkness. However, they hoped Pakistan would soon be celebrating Malala Day at educational institutes throughout the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2014.