Malala makes Pakistan proud

Published: October 10, 2014
2014 Nobel peace prize laureate, Pakistan's Malala Yousafzay's portrait is pictured on October 10, 2014 at the Nobel s Garden in Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. PHOTO: AFP

2014 Nobel peace prize laureate, Pakistan's Malala Yousafzay's portrait is pictured on October 10, 2014 at the Nobel s Garden in Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. PHOTO: AFP

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 has been jointly awarded to Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan and this has brought immense pride and happiness to us in Pakistan. One is a global household name, the other far less well-known internationally hitherto, but no less important. Malala Yousufzai, at 17, becomes the youngest-ever winner. The award is threaded through with symbolism, being made to an Indian and a Pakistani, a Hindu and a Muslim, and made at a time when tensions between the two countries are at a peak, with daily firing across the Line of Control. It sends the strongest possible message at the time of greatest difficulty and tension to those who determine the levels of cross-border violence on both sides. The joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize come from humble origins and both will have in all likelihood worked in ignorance of one another until today, yet both had a common agenda. They have fought against the suppression of the voices of young people, girls in particular, and struggled to promote education for all, no matter what their status, ethnic origins or faith. Rich and poor alike, all have a right to open the door to a world of knowledge and understanding.

The text of the statement made by the Nobel Prize Committee makes reference to one of the greatest of peacemakers, Mahatma Gandhi — who never won a Peace Prize despite his impeccable credentials — and speaks of the efforts of both the winners. It also points to the very different ways in which the two go about achieving their goals, with Kailash Satyarthi being very much a grassroots activist. He has led a succession of protests and demonstrations over many years, as well as contributing to the development of international conventions on children’s rights. For Malala Yousufzai, her life and its goals are still a work-in-progress, and she has much to achieve in the future — not least the completion of her own education, which is hardly likely to be helped by winning a prize as prestigious as this and the burdens that go with it. Congratulations, Malala Yousufzai, a worthy winner and a Pakistani to be proud of.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2014.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 11, 2014 - 12:48AM

    I agree with you editorial 100%. The fact is this is the greatest award for a Pakistani ever beside Dr. Salaam. No matter how hard the naysayers try but they cannot reach the heights of popularity and recognition these two Titans have.
    I want my country known to the world because of Malala and likes not because of the presence of OBL and love for Afia and other terrorists.


  • observation
    Oct 11, 2014 - 1:59AM

    really? you cannot even protect her from barbarians , but still have no problem to feel proud of her?


  • ajeet
    Oct 11, 2014 - 3:02AM

    Malala seems to be the only winner who is hated at home.


  • Dajjal
    Oct 11, 2014 - 3:22AM

    Malala Doesn’t make Pakistan Proud… Pakistan Humiliates Malala…poor kid has to go around the whole world making excuses for this sorry excuse for a nation…


  • harkol
    Oct 11, 2014 - 6:27AM

    I do hope Pakistan will be glad that Malala has been recognized. But, a recent survey showed only about 30% folks are approving of her, while 51% were unmoved by her and some 19% thought she was a western stooge!!

    I wonder which Pakistan this article refers to? clearly 70% of Pakistan doesn’t care, and is it likely she will ever be able to lead a normal life in Pakistan – let alone lead it!!

    As someone said, Pakistan has perfect knack of driving out the good people from its midst. Abdus Salam died in exile and Malala may have to live her entire life in exile too. Would Pakistan change radically enough for her to be able to come back?

    Certainly not before other countries feel confident enough to play cricket in Pakistan!!


  • wonderer
    Oct 11, 2014 - 7:06AM

    While I congratulate this brave daughter of Pakistan, I wonder why we as a nation do not feel ashamed of the fact that the only two Nobel laureates of this unfortunate Land-of-the-Pure, Malala and Dr. Salaam cannot be safe living among their own countrymen.

    And, the tragedy is, we take pride in the fact.


  • wonderer
    Oct 11, 2014 - 8:40AM

    @Editor, ET

    “………both will have in all likelihood worked in ignorance of one another until today……”

    No Sir, they know each other very well and have met many times in Europe. In fact, Malala has said she was inspired by the work of Mr. Kailash Satyarthi.


  • Gp65
    Oct 11, 2014 - 1:59PM

    If Malala makes Pakistan proud, how come the PM of Pakistan has ot acknowledged her accomplishment? Incidentally Modi, not just congrstulated Satyarthi but also Malala.


  • Raj - USA
    Oct 11, 2014 - 8:23PM

    “Malala seems to be the only winner who is hated at home.”

    Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi was awarded Nobel Peace price in 2003 for identical reasons, viz. human rights, woman’s rights, children’s rights etc. Iranian government confiscated her award. She faced lots of threats in Iran and had to move to UK.


  • Valhalla
    Oct 12, 2014 - 12:29PM

    Vow, too many Malala’s fanboys here. Any sensible person can see that she doesn’t deserve the Nobel prize yet. Even Malala said that she doesn’t deserve the Nobel Prize yet. Recommend

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