Happy Birthday, Malala

Published: July 12, 2014
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Malala stands for everything we want to see in the future for our women – a bright, confident, strong young woman who bears the love of land in her heart and wants nothing but positive things for Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

In a recent social media diatribe (the ones where everyone’s faith is fired up or as a friend once put it, ‘angrily typing curses and calls for Jihad from their mothers’ basements in Bradford’, and anyone against these noble agendas is a spawn of the devil), an old friend descended to defend the ‘good Taliban’, opposing drone strikes and how liberalisation is ruining Pakistani people.

It’s almost mathematical; the kind of arguments that pile up in this side of the spectrum.

Aafia Siddiqui is the daughter of the nation.

Kashmir is ours.

Taliban don’t really exist – it’s all a smokescreen because America wants to invade Pakistan. In fact, Taliban are actually Americans. And then my personal favourite of them all, Malala Yousafzai is a Yahoodi agent slash drama slash American drone.

It’s so interesting and curious at the same time that we are willing to accept Aafia as the daughter of the nation, willing to go out on the streets for her release and believe in every story that comes our way about her ‘struggle’ in the United States. In the same universe, we have a minor by the name of Malala. She gets shot in the head, survives, recovers from a significant facial disfiguring and speaks in earnest about her struggle for education. The Taliban claim responsibility for attacking her and say they’d attack her again if they could, she jokes on Jon Stewart’s show that she often feared being attacked but she would often imagine a scenario where she would throw her shoe at the attacker to ward him off. Her case is clearer than most political ploys we get to see in our country, but for some very odd reason, Pakistanis seem to be hell-bent on proving that she is an agent and a source of humiliation for the nation.

The people who shot the 14-year-old, the same people who attack our schools, hospitals, airports and academies aren’t the source of shame. We can have lengthy debates about the ‘good Taliban’ and ‘bad Taliban’ on that matter. But when it comes to a little girl who wants to speak up about her struggle in finding a voice in a city that is being attacked and attempts to work against a credible threat that is slowly eating Pakistan from within, we are then open to thousands of interpretations. It could be anything at all. She could have Krang pulling the strings of her brain after that surgery in the UK. Or maybe, the Wizard of Oz is behind the curtains in her house in Swat. Heck, maybe her father is the criminal mastermind behind the attack itself.

For shame. For shame indeed.

I ask myself, is it misogyny?

Is it elitism?

What’s at play here?

Did she have a better chance of being believed if she was an ex-cricketer? Or maybe a television model?

Would she have had more supporters if she was from Karachi or Lahore? If she was from an elite class, who happened to raise her voice and was shot in the street for it? Would it have gathered more support from our Pakistani brothers?

Would she be loved if she was the daughter of some important political leader?

Is she disregarded because she speaks simply, doesn’t have an accent, wears a modest dupatta on her head, has little to no fashion sense and doesn’t appear frequently on Pakistani talk shows to indulge in the regular screaming matches about whose judiciary is it anyway?

Is this the formula to get noticed, supported and to finding a following? Be a madcap ranter from a rich house, and most importantly, be a man?

To this, I tell myself that no matter how much she could have fit into the perfect category of an activist, she is doomed to be ridiculed for her efforts in our country. There have been many who have fit the bill but have been taunted and humiliated, and even lynched for their ‘liberal’ or ‘free thinking’ ideals.

The Taseers were hounded about their personal lives after Salman Taseer was shot and Shahbaz Taseer abducted. Dr Abdul Salam won a Nobel prize but that wasn’t enough for Pakistan to forgive him for being an Ahmadi. We won’t care how big your achievement is. If the West loves you or even if you’re spot on the merit, we will make it a point to hate you. Because God forbid, we appreciate what we have, celebrate our heroes and make a mosque in the name of someone who truly deserves it.

We seem to have knee-jerk reactions to such situations. Burn and kill the person who just wants to talk about education and tolerance. Hail and laud the shady terrorists who attempt to violate every human right’s law.

What’s even more disappointing is that there are educated, enlightened, empowered, capable men and women across the Pakistani digerati sphere who have supported the idea that Malala is an agent and a source of humiliation for Pakistan. These are the people I am afraid of the most. They are the ones whose hate produces the strongest ripples. They are the ones with voices, with relatively independent opinions that they reach out; their hate has a Doppler effect. It’s more detrimental than the hate harboured by the many people who probably wouldn’t know any better unless a community leader told them otherwise.

The kind of screwed up morality we have going on in our psychosocial agenda is appalling. It is high time we began to climb out of our conspiracy theory shells and face the realpolitik. Pakistan is at an incredibly important crossroad at this point in time and the nation must recognise its true enemies.

Malala stands for everything we want to see in the future for our women – a bright, confident, strong young woman who bears the love of land in her heart and wants nothing but positive things for Pakistan. Set your differences and petty reasoning aside and support her. Join hands in celebrating strong women and fathers who support their daughters. Instead of calling them western puppets and shameful citizens, applaud them for their courage in standing up to threats to their lives and support their struggle in wanting to see a peaceful Pakistan.

Instead of doubting Ziauddin Yousafzai’s abilities as a father, see him for the educationist and activist that he is. Instead of spewing bitter comments about all the ‘credits’ they’re getting from western forums and media outlets, be glad that someone, an average Pakistani girl, is being celebrated for something positive.

Instil courage in your own daughters to stand up for what you believe in. Be happy that someone like Malala wants to be a politician (and that is not a dirty word, by the way) because that would mean that 10 years from now you can find a suitable candidate for your vote. Set aside your hate for Americans and Europeans, and celebrate your love for a beautiful little Pakistani girl who survived a bullet, random social media hate and the lack of support from her own brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

So here is to you, Malala. May you have a wonderful birthday, gain more strength and live long. I, for one, support you, love you, celebrate you and salute you. God speed.

 

Mahwash.Badar.

Mahwash Badar

The author is a clinical psychologist, a mum to two boys and permanently in a state of flux. She tweets @mahwashajaz_ (twitter.com/mahwashajaz_)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Hammad Mian

    The whole nation is very thankful to you Malala for defaming our beloved homeland on the international level.Recommend

  • Sarah

    OMG Mahvash, you wrote this all for a girl who is a PAKISTANI, a nationality you are ashamed off, a country that brings you to utter shame when you Google it, and the country that made you feel what Jinnah thought at the time of partition? The lesson is Mahvash, choose your words carefully, and your topics even more carefully. And yes, when bashed, face it on the front rather than run away all together from the face of the internet!!Recommend

  • Mohni

    Happy Birthday Malala ! I will stand by you when the time comesRecommend

  • Grace

    It’s a shame you can’t see things in shades but have to always give pronouncements of the negative sort against Pakistani society. I support Malala but I can also tell that she is being manipulated by her father the so called educationalist. The same Western journalists who first discovered Malala and followed her blog before her shooting commented on how her father seemed to speak for her – in the beginning the father insisted on translating for Malala even though Malala was perfectly able to speak in English on her own! It doesn’t surprise me to see you twist simple questions about her father’s motives into other negative questions about the Pakistani state such as would we love her more if she were rich or came from another region. You comment “for shame” is really ironic considering you say that you are ashamed of Pakistan and that you are against Jinnah. I am ashamed that you are allowed to print an article in Pakistani papers. I am a woman who cares passionately about Pakistan but you have openly spoke against Pakistan’s very creation so why do you worry about whether Malala is or isn’t respected as a daughter of our nation? Why can’t you show courage of character and follow your own moral argument and start writing for an Indian blog or Indian newspaper where you want to be? Please allow this ET on the basis of free speech since you allowed this author to publish an article against the founding of Pakistan in your mission to promote free speech.Recommend

  • Isn’t it strange how, for a clinical psychologist, this author is so completely unable to deal with her anger at Pakistan and Pakistanis? Is this really how you cope? By haranguing and verbal shoe-throwing? We get it; we are pretty messed up and LOTS needs to change in our heads and our lives before things can get better, but how about you stop shouting at us all?Recommend

  • Humza

    There was an attack on Indian woman activist Panti Golmei last month. It’s horrible that such things go on in India isn’t it? It never ceases to amaze how your one track mind of saying negative things about Pakistanis and Pakistan never ends. I can accept constructive criticism from a Pakistani but you made it clear you are against Pakistan, its founding and its founder Jinnah in an earlier blog. Why worry about the Taleban when both you and the Taleban are against Pakistan as a constitutional state? I think this comment is fair game since the moderator on ET approves anti Pakistan comments but won’t publish rebuttals from others.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    In my opinion, (a large number?) of Pakistanis cannot see the success of another Pakistani. Perhaps its in the cultural fabric that even those who have lived overseas for a decade or two, still have this thing about them. However, I have also met people that drive an extra 5 or 6 kilometres just to fill up their car from a petrol station owned by a Pakistani; those that organise celebrations on Independence day and sing the national anthem at the start, with a large attendance.

    Malala’s crime was that she stood up for something the other 180 million have no guts to do. Simple as that.Recommend

  • Ayesha

    Whenever Malala’s name springs up on social media, the comments by the average Pakistani male puts me to utter shame. They use the worst type of curses and words for her. I really hope she doesn’t read them, they are horrifying enough to make a female want to crawl into a shell :(Recommend

  • ullo bata

    Oh no…same old rotten subject, same arguments and there will 100% same old comments flooding in soon….please some thing new….something different….please…Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    yeah same old rotten trolls trying their best to troll then failing miserably.
    If you are so tired of seeing the same old try to write something and get it posted, otherwise try to be supportive of the people who actually take time to write. It is so easy to just make up a troll comment isn’t it.
    On a more serious note, why do u want to see something new? the world remains the same, the tragedies effecting us remain the same, and the issues plaguing our country remain the same. so what is this “NEW” you are talking about?
    On a more angrier note, COME on dude, its just a happy birthday blog to a very well deserving girl. take your trolling someplace else.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    yeah same old rotten trolls trying their best to troll then failing miserably.
    If you are so tired of seeing the same old try to write something and get it posted, otherwise try to be supportive of the people who actually take time to write. It is so easy to just make up a troll comment isn’t it.
    On a more serious note, why do u want to see something new? the world remains the same, the tragedies effecting us remain the same, and the issues plaguing our country remain the same. so what is this “NEW” you are talking about?
    On a more angrier note, COME on dude, its just a happy birthday blog to a very well deserving girl. take your trolling someplace else.Recommend

  • Mahwash Badar

    Get over it, sweetie. I’m proud of this girl being a Pakistani – because THIS is the kind of Pakistan I want to see – not a ravaged, Talibanised, polio-filled one.

    Also, really easy to mudsling when you’re an anonymous commenter yourself.Recommend

  • Mahwash Badar

    I am not against Pakistan, I am not in favor of Taliban, please get your facts straight.

    I am truly sorry to hear about Panti Golmei. I will research about it and will write something about her, if not on ET then definitely on my personal blog.Recommend

  • ullo bata

    awrite…so wot difference you have made in any ones life, my dear Maximus, other than angry notes?

    Writing a blog doesn’t make any difference, action in the battle field is all that matters, OK, I am not at all good in writing skills, but it doesn’t make any difference any ways.

    You, the holier than thou species, can you elaborate (without any anger) what difference this blog and your angrier comments would make in the life of any one facing miseries of life including but not limited to Malala.

    P.S. Don’t take your self too seriously dude…Recommend

  • ullo bata

    and the fact is that, Malala has become a commercial subject, you write any thing using her name, it gets published and YOU get fame (or whatever). Christina Lamb leads this rat race holding the Malala banner to further her own personal agenda (may be just money) and so are other writers, bloggers and ANGRY commentators, who are exploiting Malala name for their own satisfactions.

    On a very much angrier not, COME on dude, have patience in listening others point of view, just like you have a right to say any thing, I have right to say my heart loud as well. COME and do something positive yourself, we all know what Malala is doing and do not need your angry attestations on her activities, if you have done any thing positive, do highlight that !

    P.S. I have great respect for Malala.Recommend

  • chillipepper

    stupid blog,,, Malala a Melo drama Queen
    1) Pakistan is an INNOCENT country if meera veena malik and all other ppl were welcomed then definitely Malala would be welcomed one day :p
    2) she is INVESTED by foreigners and we shall see a heavy PROFIT in future. MEDIA and NGO’s have the credit too turn black into white.
    3) Every good politician/thief/ plotter has a flattery gaudy language so is done by “innocent Malala” obviously nobody can speak his/her inner incentives publically(she is a puppet she does not know what outcomes would be demanded from her and then she would realize wt has she done),,everyone has a secret side and as a clinical psychologist you CAN UNDERSTAND it better ,,,Recommend

  • ullo bata

    how? How will you stand by with Malala?Recommend

  • ullo bata

    so you mean she should have told the world, that she wasn’t shot at point blank by empty skulled Talibans, neither do Talibans bomb schools and mosques, airports, malls, they don’t collect extortion money …….

    The entire nation brings defame to itself on various counts, corruption, filth, disease, extremism, rapes & violence against women, violence against Ahmadies, Christians, Hazaras, Hindus….and the list is very long….

    You want a stupid utter denial on the facts……….because it brings shame on you?Recommend

  • Lalit

    its really amazing how so much of courage was packed inside a little girl…hats off lady.brave Pakistan Army deliberated for years before making their minds to take on these beasts.,but this little wonder had the courage to challenge them in their den.she is among a handful of things for which i envy Pakistan.Recommend

  • PROPAK

    now a days, dozens of malala,s being killed in GAZA and the moment i am writing, figures are jumping. It worths to Speak out for the Palestinians then to wish birthday….. we should be guilt for not stepping and forcing west to stop genocide.. Speakout for the good cause.. not just for the sake of publishing an article.

    Recommend

  • Muhammad Khan

    @Author

    If you don’t know the difference between TTP (anti-Pakistan) and Afghan Taliban (not anti-Pakistan) or don’t bother finding enough knowledge/obtaining factual data then its better not to comment on them, as your creating more confusion for your blog’s sake!Recommend

  • Lalit

    as if Pakistan was the most peaceful,tolerant,culturally vibrant and the largest tourist destination on the face of Earth before Malala told the obvious to the World.Recommend

  • sundas

    “Be happy that someone like Malala wants to be a politician (and that is
    not a dirty word, by the way) because that would mean that 10 years from
    now you can find a suitable candidate for your vote”

    too soon to say that….

    getting out of home to go to school facing life dangers, promoting education, get shot by Taliban and then survive is incredible…but to be a suitable political candidate a political insight with capability to fulfill political responsibilities is needed….and ofcourse an upbringing in an environment that is not going to result in predetermined influences on her mind. make sure she gets that first!!!Recommend

  • Ijaz Badar

    If you have avoided writing “Shame … Shame” , your Blog was acceptable. Every society have different opinion. There are people in favor of Malala and there are people against. So, one should not blame opposite opinion so harshly.Recommend

  • nedian

    Malala definition: A US/West govt. spokesperson targeted to the US/Western general audience (esp. the new/young generation) to keep them calm n cool on the collateral damages being caused in the war esp. by the drone strikes…Recommend

  • Deranger

    Pity that you’re one of those who buy into the good/bad taliban theory. Pray tell me what’s the difference between the two? Both derive their violence from the same hardline religious ideology. Both kill people indiscriminately to further their blatantly political agenda (though they claim it is religious). Both want to establish a retrograde, medieval society based on their interpretation of religion. For chrissake’s they even have the same name pretty much. The only difference is your government uses the other set of Talibs to attack Afghanistan and that’s why they are good to you. The problem with you sir, and there are many like you, is that you agree with their medieval backward ideology. But the TTP is a dose of that same ideology you are getting at home now. Hence, the immense amounts of cognitive dissonance.Recommend

  • knightridrr

    What she stands for is amazing for the girl of her age. May she lives a long long life (Ameen).

    P.S. Stop gender stereotyping.Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    sho innoshent. Really, do you understand pakhtoon culture? I would also suggest you to read about her father and pre attack interview and the news she appeared in to know how the events unfolded and why Pakistanis think about her. Simply she is not working to promote the positive image of Pakistan but her father is using her as a puppet to get more and more money. Comment catcher? hahaRecommend

  • Unknown

    one drama of Malala, news,blogs day after day , years after year but many Palestinian are being killed and these authors have no courage to utter a single word. Recommend

  • Parvez

    Loved and agree with what you wrote……….those who bad mouth a person like Malala are simply sad, bitter people with complex personal issues who are just unable to see the ‘ good ‘ side even when it’s right in front of them.
    Recommend

  • nust

    The author be like: Here is to you Malala, you’re the future of Pakistan. But P.S. I hate Pakistan and its people.Recommend

  • Humza

    You are welcome to your opinions but you are not welcome to the facts. You wrote that you felt Jinnah made a mistake and you are ashamed of being Pakistani. Just ask ET to reprint your article to confirm this. The Taleban is against Jinnah and is working to destroy Pakistan. You also disagree with Jinnah and are against Pakistan’s creation, albeit for different reasons. I respect your opinions against Pakistan but at least own up to what you believe and write.Recommend

  • Hasan

    Well I am an average Pakistani male and I say that Malala will become PM of Pakistan! Hope you can come out of your shell now! :)Recommend

  • Akbar

    There is an expression here in Pakistan — AAAalllAaa Larki! Malala – Pround of her!Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    we are peaceful and its evident that we gave proper time to taliban before attack. in India so even if india is peaceful (Lets not talk about khalistan, jammu and kashmir killings, brutality in gujarat and daily rapes and even the rape orders by kangroo court two days ago) so what? millions of people do not care about vibrant indian culture but food my dear. keep the culture with yuo and shows how clear, peaceful and tolerant you are when it comes to speaking hindi, malyalis dont know and dont call themselves indian, marathis call it pune rather than old puna and you think you are tolerant? your comments are evidently intolerantRecommend

  • Adnan Zafar

    Ayesha, Its Not about Gender bashing and i agree some how to the wrong way of abuse in Social media. But i just don’t buy her story. I did some research on the events surrounding her and found that she was an escape goat for an operation in that area. and then Western Media made her their Gem of eyes. They feel good when they help her, listen to her speeches. But on the ground nothing is been done. Malala locals area people also don’t like her. I have no issues with her personally, but it is just that she was abused by the West in the most uncommon ways. peace.Recommend

  • Adnan Zafar

    Great Insight. ThanksRecommend

  • Parvez

    ……and my comment ????Recommend

  • stevenson

    Right on. I think the author is pretty messed up too because she is all about hating on Pakistan. Gets boring because she is just going to be hating on the country all the time. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    What has that got to do with pakhtoon culture? She spoke up to get an education, that’s all. And do you have the courage to stand up to the Taliban?

    Frankly, rarely does anything positive happen in Pakistan, then what should she base the ‘positive image’ of Pakistan on? If she doesn’t portray a positive image, then she doesn’t portray a negative image either.

    Did her father ask the Taliban to shoot her do he could continue to use her as a puppet? I’m not saying he is innocent, but even if he’s not, then what is her fault against Pakistan? Why isn’t he being blamed? Most people don’t even know his name. Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    OK OK Lets start it this way. did you read her diary? Second it surely has something to do with pakhtoon culture. they dont get their daughters educated and her father used her to write against taliban to get her stories published on bbc so that she could earn some fame. later on she appeared in an interview, and said she wanted to be a politician, which is fine but by she turned from the politics to activism is because it has more potential to earn.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Pakhtoons dont get their daughters educated?! Wow, thats one statement to make.

    From what I remember, from her interviews prior to the shooting, she said she wanted to be a doctor. Guess she changed her career path after noticing that the amount of fame she has earned can be used to bring change.

    Even if whatever you said is true, why is she hated then?Recommend

  • Habib Sajid

    Hello people of Pakistan. Time to snap out of manipulation! The Malala incident and the Hamid Mir incident have a similarity. Both were made up. FAKE! Its funny how we keep getting manipulated and how stupid we are. There are no Talibans. It external influence. The weapons, meds everything else has been spotted as being RAW (INDIAN). ALL I CAN SAY IS WAKE UPRecommend

  • trucker pearson

    Happy birthday CIA agentRecommend

  • Ayesha

    Hasan (Thumbs up) :)Recommend

  • Ayesha

    C mon …. the author wrote that blog because she was angry at the state of affairs in Pakistan – don’t we all get agitated from time to time? Lets move on now :)Recommend

  • Maria

    I think her father is in it to make money and promote himself. He comes across like that kind of guy. I’m from Charsadda so I should tell you that Pashtuns are amongst the most educated people in Pakistan now and education is there for both girls and boys. The writer here is just looking for another excuse to pick on Pakistan and create tension among ethnicities.Recommend

  • siesmann

    That is what is called a conspiracy theory or paranoia, MISTER!!!You prove earnestly what the author is saying.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Truth is never sweet !!!Recommend

  • siesmann

    read the newspapers ,and you will see who and what is defaming your homeland.Recommend

  • siesmann

    so Malala has become a commercial subject,and you say you respect her?And you hate the people that have something positive to write about Malala or promote her and her causes.Recommend

  • siesmann

    And Nedian defination-one who thinks one killing Pakistanis directly(not collateraly)and deliberately are cool and heroes.Recommend

  • ullo bata

    I hate people using Malala name to get a name for themselves….got it…

    if still don’t get my point…then have a kit kat and relax..Recommend

  • Lalit

    from what i gathered Malala seems more educated and smarter than many among us masquerading as educated folks.Recommend

  • Lalit

    the issues you have mentioned like Khalistan,J&K and Gujarat are all the matter of past.we had them and we learnt lessons from them.Khalistan issue died a peaceful death more than two decades ago and ”K” issue is following suit.Gujarat was an unfortunate incident where both communities lost lives.
    as far as rapes are concerned strict laws have been framed by the govt, propelled by the angst of the general public,and results in the form of a better society will be there for all to see within a few years hence.
    rest of your post discussing Hindi,Malyalis,Marathis calling it Pune(even non Marathis like me call it Pune) is incomprehensible to say the least.Recommend

  • Oats

    Come on! Why be proud of anything Pakistani? It’s all chaos and violence! PS -We love you in India.Recommend

  • Oats

    No we want the author to keep throwing dirt on Pakistan in all articles – we love seeing her get “angry at state of affairs in Pakistan” by wishing it away,praising India and make people ashamed. It’s good psychology and I love it!Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    Yes. they usually pick up the topic that irritates most :) good for them thoughRecommend

  • Mustafa Behisht

    After this article, http://www.dhakatribune.com/long-form/2014/may/26/jinnah-made-mistake-and-i-am-ashamed-being-pakistani anything Ms. Mahwash says is words out of the mouth of a traitor.Recommend

  • Mustafa Behisht

    You are indeed against Pakistan and if Pakistan’s judicial system was not such a disgrace you would be facing treason charges.Recommend

  • Mustafa Behisht
  • hassan

    becoming PM of Pakistan is a farfetched idea for Malala because she does not belong to any of the Politician Family and for that it is impossible.

    she could have become PM if this was not Pakistan and where we have elections that are not backed by Political parties and Electibles who can spend millions on their political campaign.Recommend

  • Jamrud Khan Shinwari

    Exactly ! She was nominated and won umpteenth
    awards. She won them all. [just missed the Nobel] So all
    these people were blithering idiots? Who nominated her?
    She even had an audience with the Queen of England.
    Malala is a shining light the whole world can see.Recommend

  • Mohammed’s pink swastika

    Hassan, I commend you for your enlightened thinking. But, you must realize that you are not in the majority when it comes to the mindset of the average Pakistani male.Recommend

  • Prashant

    She got what she deserved except the bullet in her head.Recommend

  • Prashant

    The only grace left about Pakistan Judicial system is when it excercises its power of Hudood Ordinance and Blasphemy Laws.Recommend

  • Prashant

    I cannot believe your hatred for a young girl who is only speaking of education for all girls. What harm does she do to any of the PakistanisRecommend

  • Prashant

    You want to be shouted upon else why would you read a blog written by her.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Throw evidence at someones face when they are denying to have committed what you claim. The lady is brave enough to accept but not to submit.Recommend

  • Prashant

    An angel wants to get the people whom she loves out of darkness not realizing that these people whom she loves so much are actually enjoying the shit they are in.Recommend

  • Prashant

    A person complaints with her own countrymen asking them to change their path but they do not. She tries again and again with no success.

    Eventually she writes something to shake up the conscience of the people whom she loves, she gets lambasted for that.

    Is it not time to understand for the author that the battle has been lost as your countrymen consider those their saviors from whom you want to save them .

    How can Malala be a hero for people whom Taliban are heroes.

    Mehwash, you are fighting a battle which might not be over but it has already been lost. It is only after the complete defeat, your countrymen would realize who fought for them until the last moment.Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    Shes an innocent girl and I do not hate her. Problem is she has become a puppet and its going against my country. Dont you see even the Government does not pay attention to her? Its not my problem, its the general understanding of touts development in our nation. A person, if enchants Islam Islam Islam and I stand against him for bombarding the mosques, he is not justified to bomb any religious place and same way, take education and defame the country is not justified anyways.Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    O really and her current studies level? Which curriculum is she studying? What are the motives of her life any Idea? Let me give you the theory.
    West is preparing her to become an Icon, which indeed she has. They will cook her brain and send her back to Pakistan i a few years as soon as she reaches the age of vote. Get selected from most suitable areas and thus only they will use her to influence Pakistani politics…Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    What I remember she wanted to be a politician, what you remember she wanted to be a doctor and suddenly what happened she started writing the diary on bbc … wow… I am writing since 3+ years, already my book is coming and still they dont recognize me and you know why? Because I dont play their point of view. but why would they choose Malala to write diary?

    Second, yes, a little correction… most of them dont educate their daughters up to the higher level but only because of modernization, they are getting essential to primary and under metric education but its not acceptable for them to get their women out like us punjabis. Actually shes being used by many people. Her father using her for his comfort, money and her so called future. West is using her against old values of Pakistan and Pakistan bloggers are using her for comments like this person… We are just wasting our time being capital pet. Lets be productive and forget about these people and conduct our own researchesRecommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    When I tried to like your comment again,,, its not possibleRecommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ 2#

    and what change we are expecting by moves?

    Hey, here is the definition of puppet for you :)

    Puppets are figures that are moved by human rather than mechanical aid. They may be controlled by one or several puppeteers, who are screened from the spectators.Recommend

  • nedian

    No, Not at all. Every life is precious. Those killing pakis directly are worse of the murderers. But drones are also the same. RIGHT?Recommend

  • Lalit

    if you think that Pakistan and Pakistanis can be manipulated so easily and the whole world plays along…than God save Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hina Malik

    Can You Please elaborate All those things which she done for Pakistan ? What she has don for Pakistan so far except getting awards for that Because she got a favor speech by Obama ? anything she done except talking and giving speeches?Recommend

  • Jyoti Kaul

    Hi Mahwash, I quite like your spirit and balanced views on all the posts i have read. I am an Indian and your words resonate in my mind because i find many people in my side of the world also in denial mode, and i firmly believe the society that stays in denial will never progress, we (both India and Pakistan) need to encourage sane voices in the interest of our respective nations. It is ok to voice difference of opinion and i believe for many, looking into the mirror is not easy.Recommend

  • Noor

    Belated birthday wishesRecommend

  • Noor

    Belated birthday wishesRecommend