I am not Malala: Teachers release novel against Nobel Peace winner

Published: November 12, 2015
I am Not Malala, I am a Muslim, I am Pakistani is an account of Pakistanis who take pride in their country. PHOTO: ASMA GHANI

I am Not Malala, I am a Muslim, I am Pakistani is an account of Pakistanis who take pride in their country. PHOTO: ASMA GHANI

The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) launched a rebuttal to Malala Yousafzai’s novel ‘I am Malala’ by releasing a book titled ‘I am not Malala, I am a Muslim, I am a Pakistani’ at the National Press Club in Islamabad.

“The book is written with the aim to reveal the truth and counter anti-Islamic propaganda and expose the nefarious designs of anti-Islam forces,” said the author of the book, Mirza Kashif Ali, President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF).

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“I am Not Malala, I am a Muslim, I am Pakistani” was introduced in a ceremony chaired by Ali at National Press Club in Islamabad.

“I am Malala” describes Malala’s life under the Taliban’s brutal rule in the Swat valley in the mid-2000s and hints at her ambition to enter Pakistani politics.

Some private schools banned it from their premises last year due to what they called its “anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam content”.

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APPSF which comprises of a total of 173,000 private schools termed the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s book ‘controversial’, banning it in all private schools and colleges as a result.

According to the organisation, the book contains offensive text regarding Islam, Quranic teachings, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Pakistan’s ideology, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Pakistan Army, thus cannot be added in the curriculum.

Earlier in a statement, Adeeb Javadani, the central president of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) said that the book, the book was meant for the Western audience and did not receive much appreciation in Pakistan – a fact that had already decided its fate.

Further, APPSF announced its decision to take the matter to court on November 13, in order to ban the book across the country.

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“Malala is a darling of the west and Shiv Sena, the same people who created al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), have created Malala,” Ali said.

The book, “I am not Malala”, aims to tell the readers that Malala, by comparing the Army with militants, the young literati is actually bashing the Army under the garb of female education.

Further, while the book praised Aitizaz Hasan, the young student who sacrificed his life to save his schoolmates by tackling a suicide bomber, it also questions her indifference towards Israeli aggression or the ongoing brutality in Gaza, which she did not mention in her book for while she spoke against the atrocities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, thus concluding that Malala is loyal to the Jews and the west.

“She has formed strong nexus with Salman Rushdie and Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen, and also believes in their ideology,” he alleged. “Malala says that she does not fear the Taliban any longer but will she return to Pakistan if she has no fears?” he questioned. “She will never do so because she will lose support of her masters and the easy money flowing in,” he further alleged.

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The rebuttal of Malal’s book also portrays her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai as a ‘double agent’, electricity thief and a traitor based on his demand to hand over Shakil Afridi, the man who allegedly ran a fake vaccination campaign with CIA’s help to gather information in order to assist the US trace Osama bin Laden.

However, Ali stressed that the organisation went on a countrywide strike in order to show solidarity with Malala when she was attacked.

“We are not against her but the ideology being imposed on us by such traitors and billions of dollars of Malala Fund are being used for this to introduce secular curriculum.”

This article originally appeared on The Nation

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  • ali sindhi
    Nov 12, 2015 - 4:38PM

    the story of proud nation: NATION: SERIOUSLY Recommend

  • Uzair
    Nov 12, 2015 - 4:50PM

    How can a child be any more Muslim than he or she can be a PPP or PML or PTI supporter? Isn’t religion an important enough matter that affects all facets of life that a person should be able to consciously decide on what they believe?

    And tragically ironic that this private schools foundation is getting upset about the spread of facts in Malala’s book; if the facts do not suit their own myopic worldview then instead of introspection they engage in censorship and the usual everyone-against-Pakistan conspiracy mongering.Recommend

  • Usman
    Nov 12, 2015 - 4:59PM

    Malala is a darling of the west and Shiv Sena, the same people who created al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), have created Malala

    That pretty much summarises the truth about Malal Drama. The truth hurts, president of APPSF is speaking the truth. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Nov 12, 2015 - 4:59PM

    These people belong in a mental asylum and should not be allowed to damage the minds of future generations.Recommend

  • iqb
    Nov 12, 2015 - 5:08PM

    Shame on them…

    They know nothing of reality..

    Malala speaks the truth thats why traitors and people like them with double standards speak against her and her father.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Nov 12, 2015 - 5:09PM

    not a mallala fan or her book. but this person ” President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation” writing a book to teach ethics, morality and islamic values? Seriously?
    Since he is the president of all pakistan private school, he would know that the private schools under him are looting the poor parents with un-fair fee structures.
    He should rather concentrate on that.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Nov 12, 2015 - 5:33PM

    This looks like a pretty lame answer to her book but everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion so no complain. :) Recommend

  • Nawab Khattak
    Nov 12, 2015 - 5:37PM

    The people who have written this book are all morons. I stand with Malala Yousafzai who has made us proud. The only Noble prize winner of Pakistan. the writers of this book should rot in fire.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 12, 2015 - 6:12PM

    Why did they use Malala’s name in the title? Using Malala’s name proves that these scumbags have no identity, no reputation and no honour. Recommend

  • Hippo
    Nov 12, 2015 - 6:12PM

    @Nawab Khattak: Plz correct ur information srouces and read the history before claiming that she is the only Nobel Price Winner of Pakistan. Dr. Salam won it for us even before she was born. Great achievement by Malala for winning the nobel prize but she is not the only one. Recommend

  • Thing is
    Nov 12, 2015 - 6:15PM

    I stand with Malala and believe that she is doing all in her capacity to bring justice. Its a different thing if the west is using her to advocate their ideas which is obv not her or her family’s fault. Getting shot wasn’t her ‘fault’ either. However i do believe that she should come to pakistan and protest against the Israeli oppression in Palestine Recommend

  • Nov 12, 2015 - 6:22PM

    Dear Nawab Khattak
    While your views of Malala are worth praising, she is not the only Pakistani who wion the Noble Prize. Professor Abdul Salam won it for his scientific achievements.


  • Pea Brain
    Nov 12, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Rhetoric to fight rhetoric. Each rhetoric claims a higher moral ground. Rhetoric will remain rhetoric. Malala is rhetoric now (sad) but so is this!Recommend

  • You can't be serious
    Nov 12, 2015 - 6:43PM

    @Nawab Khattak:
    Ever heard of Dr. Abdus Salam? The first Nobel prize winner for Pakistan?Recommend

  • Moron
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:02PM

    What is the world is happening in Pakistan?? The idiocy of conspiracy theorists has spread to each a common Pakistani’s mind. Malala is and will always be a true representative of Pakistan. Not these idiots. Shame on them.Recommend

  • KD
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:03PM

    Younger girls of the 3rd world countries needed a face to represent them in an international forum. They all deserve the voice or at least the basic education for better futures. Malala is their voice. Whoever “made” Malala did a fantastic job, hats off to them!
    She did not win a Nobel prize because of what she has been through, she got it for what she has done for girls in tribal areas of Pakistan and Lebanon, and many other Muslim countries and cities throughout Asia and Africa

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:09PM

    I have lost some friends, at least on facebook, when this Malala episode first started. At that time, I told those big supporters of Ziauddin, some who claimed to know him personally from students life, that this episode will lead to Ziauddin and family to get asylum in a western country. But he proved me wrong as not only he settled in UK, he also got a nobel prize for his daughter, a book out of her and a job for himself. I am sure they might be in process of winning some other big contracts for movies etc on Malala fake life and story. But, Pakistani and Muslims should not be surprised, if west and nobel prize committees were awarding nobel prizes based on merit then Abdul Sattar Edhi should have been picked long long time ago.Recommend

  • ignore_malala
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Freedom of speech applies to all. Full stop. all malala supporters should suck it up. Otherwise they are just hypocrites. Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:17PM

    @Nawab Khattak:
    Didn’t Dr Abdul Salam also won the noble prize for his contribution for world of Physics or you don’t count him a Pakistani for his religious beliefs? Recommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:30PM

    “I am Malala” is not a novel. It is an autobiography. Recommend

    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:32PM

    I am not Mirza Kashif Ali – by the way who is he???Recommend

  • ashar
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:36PM

    Good Job Private Schools.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:38PM

    @Khattak.abdu salam also got it and he deserved it coz he did something great.lots of other girls got the bullets in KPK and are still going to the same schools .they havent ended in the UK.Malala what have you done for the education of girls in pakistan.How many schools have you u opened or helped others opening.Till now nothing.You seem to be like imran khan.only talk talk and than disappear.than come back talk talk and than again disappear.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Everyone has a right to express their opinion and ‘ I am Malala ‘ and ‘ I am not malala’ can be fair exercise of that right. But one wonders why ban one book. What is worse is that an attempt is made to give Malala a bad name by describing her as non Muslim or non Pakistani. Interestingly it is not a fatwa issued by a seminary or maulvi ,but educated people who go under the name ‘All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) ‘ .Recommend

  • Saleem
    Nov 12, 2015 - 7:58PM

    This proud nation which cannot stand on its own feet. Nation of beggars and crooksRecommend

  • Ghumn
    Nov 12, 2015 - 8:18PM

    Malala was marketed by some brilliant marketers. In fact, there are large numbers of Pakistanis with great services to humanity, like Edhi. though Malala is honoured with Nobel, but he cannot even be compared with them.Recommend

  • Naseer
    Nov 12, 2015 - 8:52PM

    “I am not Malala” Funding for publication is provided by The Lal Masjd and all supporters of terrorism in Pakistan.

    I have no hope from these JAHIL people of APPSF. They are only focused on defending terrorism; shame on them.Recommend

  • Nov 12, 2015 - 8:54PM

    I think that we should stop owning our heroes. We disowned our first noble laureate Abdus Sallam, we are disowning Malala the second noble laureate and the present government is trying to disown Allama Iqbal by stopping his birthday holiday. Some day they will disown Quaid e Azam.Recommend

  • Usman
    Nov 12, 2015 - 9:04PM

    @iqb: Selective truth is not truth at all.Recommend

  • Appan
    Nov 12, 2015 - 9:09PM

    ““Malala says that she does not fear the Taliban any longer but will she return to Pakistan if she has no fears?” he questioned.”
    Yes. When people like Adeeb Javadani are around, she cannot think of returning to Pakistan. He shall be ashamed of being the President of Private schools association.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Nov 12, 2015 - 9:09PM

    Another instance of the self destructive & delusional nature of Pakistani nation. Malala can be the best ambassador for Pakistan, instead she’s an outcast & shunned by most Pakistanis just like the Nobel laureate Dr. Abdus Salaam. Shameful indeed.Recommend

  • Indialover
    Nov 12, 2015 - 9:20PM

    @hippo… and you are so proud of mr salam who was literally banished from pakistan for religious reasons. You are great. Banish somebody but try to claim credit for his achievements. MoronicRecommend

  • salman
    Nov 12, 2015 - 10:25PM

    This happens in Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan onlyRecommend

  • Abdullah khan
    Nov 12, 2015 - 10:45PM

    The 2nd Nobel prize pakistani winner is also declared Murtad, the first one was dr abduSalam and now Malala the second( The first Malala was a heroine of the battle of Maiwand Afghanistan) Recommend

  • Abdullah khan
    Nov 12, 2015 - 11:07PM

    Two different character from above discussion emerge of her either she is Masala or Malala (Malala is a folklore heroine of battle of Maiwand where Afghans defeated English Army)Recommend

  • Nope
    Nov 12, 2015 - 11:07PM

    Just see the cover page of the book . It is written , “I am muslim, I am Pakistani” . It is not written “I am Pakistani, I am muslim”. It gives me a food for thought.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Nov 12, 2015 - 11:12PM

    The timing of this books tells everything. Two months ago the whole of Pakistan was up against these APPSF blood suckers for their excessive school fees and pathetic service. To divert attention from their greed and avarice, they are not hiding behind religion and patriotism at the expense of poor Malala.
    Time for action if you are in Pakistan. If you are a parent and your child goes to one of the schools under APPSF – start a social media campaign that you do not share this obscurantist and backward mindset of the school’s management and APPSF. Staying silent will put you in the camp of those who attacked Malala with a gun and are now doing it again with the pen.Recommend

  • Weirdity
    Nov 12, 2015 - 11:46PM

    There is no doubt in my mind that this book will be a best seller among the taliban..at least the ones who are literate enough to read.Recommend

  • Weirdity
    Nov 12, 2015 - 11:52PM

    As that “great” man Zaid Hamid would put it, these people are Khawarjis.Recommend

  • LS
    Nov 13, 2015 - 12:29AM

    If it was a story of a proud nation THEN the title would look like this:

    I am NOT Malala — Whatever that means to a Pakistani

    There was no need for Muslim there. So, those who are not Muslim aren’t Pakistani?Recommend

  • Saad
    Nov 13, 2015 - 7:19AM

    The title of the book is the only sentence that makes sense.
    What is in Malala’s book that is anything but the truth?Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Nov 13, 2015 - 7:58AM

    Every one knows in Pakistan what these private schools has done to the public schools and above all they operate to mint money with their exorbitant fees. I will stand with Malala any day, she has brought positive image for Pakistan all over the world and this myopic so called head of the private schools should tell us what has he contributed for alleviating Pakistan’s soft image. These religious zealots on behalf of Saudi Arabia has done tremendous damage to the integrity of the country. I will tell this guy to look into their intolerance of others, we don’t need their brand of Islam, go to Saudi Arabia and practice your intolerant practices there because you just fit in their society. Some how I feel their Jealousy with Malala who is touching the heights these minions could not dream of. Recommend

  • ijaz ali
    Nov 13, 2015 - 12:02PM

    wait a minute, seriously? i mean did they write a book with the title? i cant believe this Recommend

  • JSM
    Nov 13, 2015 - 1:01PM

    Tolerance of the highest order. Bravo!! Pakistan claims that Malala is a Pakistani Nobel awardee- can she enter Pakistan??Recommend

  • sunny
    Nov 13, 2015 - 1:10PM

    its not worthy “i am not” if you have something to just say I am Mirza Kashif……
    If Malala is nothing then why are you so afraid…!Recommend

  • Komal S
    Nov 13, 2015 - 5:53PM

    But the irony is, Pakistan disowns both its noble prize winners. Not sure if any other nation has this dubious distinction.Recommend

  • cautious
    Nov 13, 2015 - 6:29PM

    “Malala is a darling of the west and Shiv Sena, the same people who created al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), have created Malala,”
    Anybody stupid enough to believe this shouldn’t be allowed to teach.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Nov 13, 2015 - 7:39PM

    The title is apt for the kind of book it is. Because it shows the stupidity of the brains that went in this book. I am so grateful for whoever suggested it because now i can safely give a pass to this book without worrying that i may miss something worthwhile.Recommend

  • Shehroz
    Nov 13, 2015 - 8:09PM

    Malala only spoke the truth in her book,but the fact is that there are not a lot of people in our Nation who can face the truth.She is a hero of our Nation and an ideal for girls all over the world. #IstandWithMalala Recommend

  • Privateschoolassociation
    Nov 13, 2015 - 8:46PM

    And as a sign of goodwill, all orphans and poor children will be provided scholarship in Private schools. Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2015 - 10:54PM

    the west to put some good thing to motivate the western women, who are in trouble in the westren society,the west always put his efforts to search taute(inty muslims) in muslim world,like taslema, rushde , gilr of swat of hunting by some one, mukhtaraian mai of muzzafar grgh and now malala. . . the wetren society is under distraction. . . no one cane change the westren society . . .if some one wont about malala ,can read my 6 columns on malala mir afsar aman Recommend

  • Marl Brando
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:14AM

    A gang of adults picking on a young girl… pretty shameful.Recommend

  • Baari
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:14AM

    She has won noble prize and she deserved that…but for what? for saying that bearded persons reminds her of pharaohs? for her disgusting thoughts about Islam & Muslims? and yet she is a hero of this nation….all she has earned is the favor and love of Anti-Islam community.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:44AM

    @mir afsar aman:
    Next time please use spell check for your comments, since they are now almost unreadable!Recommend

  • Asif Mirza
    Nov 14, 2015 - 1:31PM

    Great Work by Teachers. :)Recommend

  • Nida
    Nov 14, 2015 - 2:07PM

    Rest in peace grammar. I am (a) muslim, I am Pakistani. Story of a proud nation.Recommend

  • Kamal Ata
    Dec 13, 2015 - 1:24PM

    How the West is backing her really makes her true identity questionable. and they are making another Anne Frank outta her. and may be position her in Pakistan in future and would offcourse use her.Recommend

  • Atiqa
    Dec 14, 2015 - 9:19AM

    @Nawab Khattak:
    I am proud of Malala but she is NOT the only Nobel Prize winner of Pakistan. Dr. Abdus Salam was the 1st Pakistani to win Nobel Prize in Physics. Just wanted to correct you there. Recommend

  • Atiqa
    Dec 14, 2015 - 9:25AM

    @Nawab Khattak:

    “The people who have written this book are all morons. I stand with Malala Yousafzai who has made us proud. The only Noble prize winner of Pakistan. the writers of this book should rot in fire.”

    I stand with Malala as well but she is NOT the only Nobel prize winner of Pakistan. Dr. Abdus Salam was the first Pakistani to win Noble prize in Physics. Recommend

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