For the West, Malala fits the image of Pakistan but Edhi does not

Published: October 13, 2014
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In this moment, Malala deserves the peace prize but so does Abdus Satter Edhi.

Let me begin by saying that I like Malala Yousafzai – she is courageous, authentic and has great conviction. But a couple of questions keep dwelling in my mind; why does the West like her so much? What is her appeal to them? And along with these questions dwells the answer as well, which is quite simple; the West is courting her because she represents a side of Pakistan and Islam that suits them.

By suggesting this, I am not trying to imply that Malala doesn’t deserve her accolades; she represents hope, valour, defiance and the image of a strong girl hailing from third world Pakistan.

She fought her battle with strength, no doubt, but does the west propagate her for that reason alone or is there something else?

Since the announcement of the shared Noble Prize for Peace by Malala and Kailash Satyarthi, I have read countless articles, social media updates, Facebook squabbles, tweets and drawing room discussions on, “why Malala and why not Edhi?”.

My humble opinion: Abdul Sattar Edhi is the most deserving Pakistani for this award, he should have been given the Noble Peace Prize decades ago, much before Barack Obama and Yasser Arafat. However, we must appreciate the veracity that this is a political award and is not always awarded to the most deserving of candidates.

The Nobel Peace Prize is more image-driven rather than personality-driven, and currently it is more about what the west wants to see and project about Pakistan rather than anything else. At the risk of playing the devil’s advocate, should the award not be awarded on the impact of what the recipient may have done for their country rather than what the West perceives it to be?

The fact remains that, by comparing Edhi and Malala, we not only simplify and belittle her cause and treacherous journey – which by all accounts is tremendous – but also play into the dangerous game presented to us by the West where the media continually implies that eastern societies thrive on the oppression of women and female children. Rampant, heinous and vulgar it may sound, yes, but for the most part, it is true.

What is it that the West likes about Malala that they do not like about Edhi?

It’s the image – the image she represents.

Malala epitomises the image of Pakistan that the West likes; an oppressed poster girl child who stood against all odds to change the system and raised a voice to fight for her rights and the rights of young girls like herself against her oppressors.

On the flip side, who is Edhi? What does he stand for? What are his achievements? What is it that his image can do for the west? How is his persona going to represent humanity and human rights in the third world? What impact will it have on the people viewing Islam and Pakistan from the outside?

Edhi’s contribution to strife-ridden Pakistan is immeasurable, and the impact of his charity to the rest of the world is unfathomable. Tattered, poor and violent, Edhi’s Pakistan has catered to billions of victims; orphans, injured, hungry, homeless, abandoned, abused, dead and raped, for more than half a century, all because of a man named Edhi. When no one is there he is, and at times he’s the only one there, but his bearded, topi-pajama-kurta image and dark spot on his forehead does not fit the image of the Pakistan that the West wants to project. The only white bearded man the West likes is Santa Clause – the rest don’t matter.

Today, as I discussed the same with a friend, she quoted an interesting incident. For the past many years, she has been nominating Edhi for the award of CNN Heroes, and yes, all the people winning that award in the past years have been very deserving, but so is Edhi.

If the West were watching us so closely, if they so want to make a difference in our part of the world, how is it that Edhi has never been recognised at an international, global level? How has he not been given grants, aid, charity and awards for his lifelong tireless commitment to God’s humanity? What does he need to do differently to get the recognition we all want for him?

In this moment, Malala deserves the peace prize, as did Rosa Parks a few decades ago, but so does Edhi. His image may not be right for the West, his gender may be wrong, but his humanity is godliness – a godliness that must be rewarded in this world before it becomes nothing more than just a chapter in Pakistan’s history.

Bisma Tirmizi

Bisma Tirmizi

The author lives for the simple pleasures and her musings over a cup of tea almost always find a way to be the written word. She also writes for pakteahouse.net. Her book 'Feast With A Taste Of Amir Khusro', published by Rupa Publications, is available in stores now.

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

  • Sane

    Undoubtedly Eidhi is the most deserving for Nobel. Malala is much much lesser than him for a Nobel.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    I completely support each and every point you made, Bisma. great work :) Recommend

  • Arshman

    You make sense. (Y) Thanks for saying she deserves it too. Edhi sahb is no doubt much more deserving of any award. Though I don’t think with true greatness, awards really matter. Someone also needs to write about our weird dynamic with the west though. How we’re in awe of them and absolutely abhor them at the same time.Recommend

  • mimi sur

    Simple …Because you are not on Nobel laureate selection panel . Their view of selection and your view of selection are different .Recommend

  • Amna

    I wholeheartedly agree with the author. Thank you.Recommend

  • ajay gupta

    if the award is given by a western organisation, their perception of the chosen recipient will count. Not disputing your point though. It is the same reason when obama was chosen for the prize a few months into his first term, and none knew what his contribution to world peace had been.Recommend

  • Tanzeel Ahmad

    In Malala’s case its she deserves the Nobel Prize however in Edhi’s case its Nobel Prize that deserves ‘Edhi’ — perhaps this is the reason why Edhi not chosen for NP.Recommend

  • WB

    As an Indian, I agree that your question is genuine.

    Edthi has definitely done a lot for humanity.

    However, Malala is a symbol of resistance to the terrorism. Malala is a symbol of empowerment of women. Malala is a symbol of women-power.

    Are these symbolism more important than the actual work done by Edhi? Now that’s a meaningless, futile debate with no clear cut answer. There are arguments both for and against. And each argument is equally powerful.

    And understand that Edhi is not a unique figure. In every country you’ll find people organizations that have been working towards charity.

    However, Malala and Satyarthi represent a particular area of the subcontinent, where there have been little to no work done both by the governments and the NGOs.

    Can You name another organization that has challenged Taliban to provide or support education for women in Pakistan?

    Similarly, in India, Satyarthi is doing a very very dangerous job. It’s not just the charity, but the danger that comes with activism, that I believe has prompted the Nobel committee to give awards to.Recommend

  • Bystander

    “… how is it that Edhi has never been recognised at an international, global level?”

    I have always wondered that myself. I think the title of your post provides the answer.Recommend

  • Haris Younis

    Can People please stop whining over the Nobel Peace Prize?

    It’s not given out on the basis of who deserves it the most, winners are selected by non-diverse body of 4 politicians and a lawyer all from Norway! All for political reasons they see fit to highlight on a given time!Recommend

  • Babur

    Give it a breakRecommend

  • Taimoor

    How about pakistan gets no award at all. So sick of this nonsense, like this was the last nobel prize ever. Why does every single thing have to be a western backed conspiracy. Maybe you could start thinking about the very real oppression of women in our countries, the very real fact that only 18% of women in our countries go beyond 10th grade. If this is a conspiracy then it is a good one. Edhi is doing a great humanitarian service for pakistan and he doesn’t need an award to prove it. This award to Malala needs to refocus our attention to education for women, they account for half our population, they shouldn’t just stay at home making rotis they need to contribute to pakistan.Recommend

  • carlito

    Well said well written, commendable!Recommend

  • Mubashir

    Bravo!Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Good grief. If you want him to win, nominate him? There are countless local people in countries across the world where people are doing great things. Edhi is a great man on the national stage.Recommend

  • Salman Shareef

    Only American touts can get Nobel Prize.Recommend

  • Asma Javeri

    May be you & your followers should consider that Edhi’s great work is not known to the West, because Pakistanis have done very little to introduce him to the West. The fact that Edhi has to take care of the poor is a sad reflection of a rich country like Pakistan. The pathetic sentiment that certain Pakistanis think Malala is a pawn of the West also explains why the West ignores Pakistan that would allow a free roaming Taliban to attempt killing a young girl. Recommend

  • karim

    There are many humanitarians like Edhi in this world. But no one as young and courageous as Malala Yousufzai. Recommend

  • Shashank Manickam

    noble prize deserves edhi……lolRecommend

  • http://miraatu.wordpress.com/ Asaaki

    Thank you for a refreshing point of view. Also, apparently the locals in Swat might have something very different to say about the whole Malala epsidoe from what has been popularized: miraatu.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/whats-with-the-anti-malala-campRecommend

  • Shery

    The fault is all ours. We have done nothing to promote him on the international stage rather we are busy exposing our weaknesses to the outer world. We and our media should also boost our strengths and project them to the outer world to show them our real face.Recommend

  • Sabih Zafar

    like Yassar arafatRecommend

  • Zee

    Bravo! Author, pl be ready for negative comments from the defender of recent Nobel peace winner.

    Another Hussain Haqani in the making.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Firstly let us honour Edhi by practicing some, only some of the traits of humility and humanity that he practices.Recommend

  • SK

    very aptly put Bismah. Only thing I disagree is that Malala doesn’t deserve this or any such prize as she has already opted for cozy life and other than statements etc. she hasn’t shared a dime of her awards’ earning with the ppl she makes statements forRecommend

  • Solomon2

    “What is it that the West likes about Malala that they do not like about Edhi? It’s the image – the image she represents. Malala epitomises the image of Pakistan -”

    Stop right there. It’s not about Pakistan. While doubtless Edhi is worthy to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize the services he provides are local whereas Malala’s message and appeal are world-wide. Clearly she is the superior candidate.

    Pakistanis are deluding themselves if they think Malala was chosen to project some sort of image about Pakistan. Pakistan’s image in the West is bad but improving slightly, at least relative to other Muslim-majority countries like Iraq and Syria.Recommend

  • Sofia Bano

    Well said we Pakistanis like to whine about something it must be in the fabric of our society that unless we moan & groan we are not true Pakistanis!Recommend

  • abhi

    I have written earlier as well, Nobel peace price really has no meaning. The most stupid act was to give it to Obama.

    However thre is a difference between Malala and Edhi. While Edhi has been doing lot of excellent work for poor and needy, he never took stand against the system which is causing such misery. Without challenging the root cause you will never solve this problem.

    Mother Teresa also falls in same category as Edhi but she got Nobel so yes your question is valid but comparison should be between Mother Teresa and Edhi not Malala and Edhi.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Why don’t we as a nation start by honouring him through practicing some of his traits of humility and humanism.Recommend

  • Hasan Wasay

    You wonder why Malala and why not Edhi Sb. your complete grasp of the obvious is baffling, a teenager and a veteren from totally different feilds of work seem similar and officially comparable to you. War time journalisim by a girl child from Swat, Educational activism, and a stand against terrorism, and General welfare/Charity work seem similar and comparable to you. You point towards Edhi Sbs Darhi and forget to see the image of the co winner of Nobel He has a darhi wears Kurta pajama too Mam. Kudos to ur journalism. Did you even care to find out was Edhi sab even nominated in this years 278 nominees?? Malala deserved it says you while questioning a historical establishment based on “Edhi sb did not Win” !!Recommend

  • sunny

    The real problem with conpiracy theorisits in pakistan is that why Malala was awarded not why eidhi sahb didnt get it , we somehow cannot absorb malala getting award and thats becoz we believe it or not but we are somehow taliban sympathisers Recommend

  • Hasan Wasay

    Malala should grow a beard !! wear a Topi and Gray kurta pajama Only to please Bisma Tirmizi !!
    Malala is characterized by her story and personality courage and no comments on image because its always has been modest than how was it IMAGE driven she is not Next top model nor a cry baby damsell in distress !!
    the second noble winner has a beard wears kurta Pajama too Miss !!
    You claim personality driven vs image and quote Edhi sbs Charity only !! that too in Pakistan only !!Recommend

  • Hasan Wasay

    International awards: Edhi Sab.
    Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1986)[20]
    Lenin Peace Prize (1988)[21]
    Paul Harris Fellow from Rotatory International Foundation, (1993)[21]
    Peace Prize from (USSR former) for services in the Armenian earthquake disaster, (1998)
    Largest Voluntary Ambulance Organization of the World – Guinness Book of World Records (2000)[21]
    Hamdan Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services (2000) UAE[21]
    International Balzan Prize (2000) for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood, Italy[21]
    Peace and Harmony Award (Delhi), 2001
    Peace Award (Mumbai), 2004
    Peace Award (Hyderabad Deccan), 2005
    Wolf of Bhogio Peace Award (Italy), 2005
    Gandhi Peace Award (Delhi),2007
    UNESCO Madan jeet sing Peace Award (Paris),2007
    Peace Award Seoul (South Korea), 2008
    UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize (2009)[22][23]
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize for Advancement of Peace, 2010[24][25][26]
    Peace Award (London), 2011Recommend

  • Hasan Wasay

    On the flip side edhi was never oppressed never lived under anybody’s occupation ?? Wats the comparision again??Recommend

  • Shariq

    To the whingers

    Please, can we stop the negativity for a moment and be glad that a young girl like Malala was recognised? Why do we have to whine about each and every thing that happens in the world. Lets stop bickering for a change and celebrate the positivity. I am pretty sure that if Edhi sb was selected for the Nobel peace prize or any other prize for that matter, our dear awam would have found flaws and conspiracy theories there as well. Recommend

  • Ram

    I am not sure why many Pakistanis are against Malala getting Nobel Prize she is from your country and her cause is simply educate women, I hope you are not against her cause for providing education to women across Pakistan if so let your ego go and try to work with her on this nobel causeRecommend

  • Sherbano Agha

    Yeah, and the reason he got that Nobel is because he agreed to sell the Palestinians out at Oslo. The “peace process” was a joke from the start: it rested on faulty assumptions, was negotiated by leaders that had virtually no credibility, and relied on the U.S. (Israel’s strongest ally) as a peace broker.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad

    Let me say first that I am very grateful of Mr. Edhi’s great work but there is a huge difference between doing a charity work and opposing an ideology and cultural atrocities of world’s most dangerous killers. A Taliban would thank you if you open a clinic or give him an ambulance but you cannot tell him to send his daughter to school. Start digging your grave before you say one word in this regard. Mr. Edhi once challenged hegemony of a political party and next day he had to leave country fearing his life. Comparing Malala and Mr. Edhi is unjust and proves that you don’t know anything about terrorists, their power and circumstances in which Malala lived.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Its amazing how Pakistanis can turn around a proud moment for the nation into a conspiracy !! Typically, Nobel prize is bestowed on a person whose influence transcends national boundaries. It would be nice if writers researched a subject before they shoot from the hip. The backhanded compliment to Malala could have also been avoided. It sounded more like a disclaimer.Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/TheViewThroughJagansLookingGlasses?ref=hl Jag Nathan

    What a sorry nation. Instead of embracing the winner, Pakistanis are more interested in deriding the win. Is it any winder Pakistan is stuck in the 7th century. If you look at the winner on the Indian side, he has exposed a serious malice in the Indian society by his win. We embraced his win despite the fact there may be others perhaps more worthy of the award. The fact is his win opened our eyes to a serious social malaise that exists within our society. His win also told us of the enormous risks he had to take on his life and limb to tell us the story. Pakistan should celebrate Malala instead of trying to figure out if Edhi deserved it more. Success breeds success and hence celebrating every win is critical.Recommend

  • Cassandra Crossing

    As usual you run the gambit or being totally ignorant so the Taliban can spread their message of Hate that conspiracy protectors all blame America or the westRecommend

  • Aphtab

    I read the first para and decided not to go any further. The author belongs to the Muslim world which leans heavily on conspiracies to survive a life it cannot explain. A danger to the rational world.Recommend

  • Jayman

    You stole the words from my mouth.Recommend

  • M

    @”because Pakistanis have done very little to introduce him to the West”. Do you imply that we Pakistanis have done a lot to introduce Malala to the West?Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    yes ofc you are sooo right, as always. Allow me to present a list of these “American gringo touts”
    Mother Teresa: Founded the charity where they run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools.
    International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 63 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.
    Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South Africansocial rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
    Peacekeeping by the United Nations is a role held by theDepartment of Peacekeeping Operations as “a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.
    Aung San Suu Kyi, kept under house arrest but did not give in to her opponents who, surprise surprise, were backed by western money.
    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who OPPOSED the apartheid system in South Africa.
    Yasser Arafat, who spent much of his life fighting against Israel in the name of Palestinian self-determination.
    Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi who wanted to DRIVE OUT western economic influence from his country through micro finance.

    Yeah you are absolutely right, all of these guys are AMERICAN TOUTSRecommend

  • Muhammad Shaheryar Asif

    100% agree with you, I was hoping that someone will write about the hypocrisy of the west, depicted very well by you, thank youRecommend

  • sumair khan

    Personally its a moment of shame for me cuz in reality both honorables paint a horrible image of pakistan because they are victims of oppression, injustice, religious intolerance that we have turned a blind eye to and still doing.Recommend

  • Guest

    The pro-Palestinian stance of Edhi saab could be the reason why he is shunned by the west. He may not be their hero, but he most certainly is ours.Recommend

  • Mohammad Abdullah Javed

    Balanced and succinct. Well done!Recommend

  • Spock

    To be honest, Malala put together with Mukhtar Mai is really the real face of Pakistan. Dont blame west for seeing the true pic.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    well we shot her in the head, then did not allow her to return to our country. Ah yes we also claimed that she was a western puppet.
    See? We have made INTENSE efforts.Recommend

  • Rehman

    Edhi Sh is an angel and angels do not need awards…Recommend

  • threone

    I thought women in this country would never learn history. I am happy to be wrong.Recommend

  • Guest

    Who and When was Kailash Sidhyarthi introduced to the west. Even east has not heard about this person. Your logic is very lame.
    People are not given Nobel Prizes on the bases of their introduction to the west. Although Edhi has presence in many countries and he needs no introduction.Recommend

  • raj

    Noble peace prize are not given to everyone in the world. One must first introduce or refer the applicant to the committee and then committee wud decide on the fate. Edhi is never introduced by Pakistan itself so why crying out loud now on it. Pakistan never respects people they have and now just because one guy din’t get it, you guys are whining on it. I bet if Edhi had won it, people would have abused him as well and called him westernised puppet.Recommend

  • raj

    Noble peace prize are not given to everyone in the world. One must first introduce or refer the applicant to the committee and then committee wud decide on the fate. Edhi is never introduced by Pakistan itself so why crying out loud now on it. Pakistan never respects people they have and now just because one guy din’t get it, you guys are whining on it. I bet if Edhi had won it, people would have abused him as well and called him westernised puppet. grow up guysRecommend

  • Hmm..

    Nicely put.Recommend

  • Ahmar Qureshi

    Abdul Sattar Ehdi, himself a “Nobel Prize for Humanity” so there’s no contest over any laurels! Kindly do not even post or compare Mr. Ehdi’s along with this nobel holder girl! :-) Thank You!Recommend

  • Brushin

    cpitalist socity encourage education, gender equity humen rights and democcacy for the sake of capitalist system not for the real prosperity freedom and equality of the people. I think that there is a difference between the cause of Malala and work of Edhi. Edhi begs for the poor from rich and maintain the statusquo while Malala’s cause leads to change the whole society.Recommend

  • Sane

    You seem an authority on Malala. Would you please list her efforts/contributions to promote education in Pakistan? Nobody even knew her name till she was shot.Recommend

  • Najib

    great work Bisma (Y).Recommend

  • Asfand

    I wholeheartedly support every single word in this article. EDHI is an exemplar of peace and service to humanity. There are may who play with semantics and state community service is not the same as “standing up to the Taliban”, this is utter nonsense as anyone who lives in Karachi knows what EDHI has had to face on a daily basis.

    Wen I heard about the award I was happy for Malala but I was heartbroken that once more EDHI sahib has been overlooked, Malala is much too young on her journey of service to humanity to be granted such an accolade at 17 the grant of such an award wreaks of political “skulduggery”.

    And I wholeheartedly agree with you that with EDHI there is no political mileage and that is one of the reasons he will always be overlooked. But awards are commonplace, Pakistan has two Nobel award winners but only one EDHI.

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  • Asfand

    No offence but trust me EDHI has been know to the west probably before you were born please google EDHI and you will find a telegraph article from London on him dating back to 1965. Please stop blaming Pakistanis btw was it Pakistanis that promoted or nominated Malala? Please don’t make me laugh :)Recommend

  • SamSal

    India doesn’t need the kind of image building we do. Stop comparing!Recommend

  • Lolz

    Good article. I think we should determine one thing, whether Noble Prize is a global award or a western award. Then we would be able to understand whether it is conferred upon those who contribute to that global image or just the western image or contribution to a specific community determines the winner. We see EU or other western platforms dominating opinions and international discourses because, perhaps they have understood the fact that by controlling the (flow of) information, they could not only dominate the discourses but also could set the trends and standards in the evolving world history. The other approach could be population/majority wise and it shows that majority of the world population reside in those regions which are out of West i.e. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Bhutan etc….. I think, such norms/awards, relating to community development and aesthetics should not be standardized globally, but should be regionally determined, because such awards also determine heroes and villians, and heroes for some could be villians for others.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Taliban don’t represent Swat,neither their sympathizers.Read the comments of her fellow students,teachers and people of her town.Recommend

  • siesmann

    One only have to look at other articles in your referred site to see whom it represents.Taliban sympathizers like that blogger will do everything in their power to discredit Malala.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Detractors of Malala don’t even consider her to be a Pakistani.So why it should matter to them?They consider her British/western.and I am sure Britain or any country in the world would be proud to have her.Recommend

  • Vish

    Edhi sahab and those who he works for, will heave a sigh of relief that he was not awarded the Nobel. Else he too would have to leave Pakistan & who would do his work, the author?Recommend

  • mithidada

    He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Other individuals and organisations have also nominated him on various occasions.Recommend

  • hassan

    Instead of laughing, look at the contributions of the Edhi sahab .Recommend

  • mithidada

    So what is Obama a symbol of?Recommend

  • saswath

    both undeserving…pak army should get noble peace prize.Recommend

  • saswath

    .always victim or shameless bechare..come out of this psychological barrier now, world know your double standards.Recommend

  • Syeda KAzmi

    I second you on this…Recommend

  • Faizan Mahmood

    There seems to be a default assumption that the award jury first selected Pakistan as the country from where the laureate will come from and then they made some kind of a mistake in giving it to Malala and not Edhi…. Edhi and Malala are two separate individuals with their own agenda and the award jury has their own criteria… so the whole argument of who the award should have gone to is mute….And if some how we are linking the two then our own Mr. Imran Khan should also be there…Recommend

  • Muhammad Tufail

    Yes dear i strongly agree
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  • Muhammad Tufail

    As a true muslim, we dont need to recieve any prize from the enemies of Allah pak, paradise is the grand prize for the muslims in life after death.Recommend

  • Mo

    She has been given extra international projection in the larger interest of western allies in the region! Thousands have died and lived during years of war on terror, including women and young children. I am not hinting at a conspiracy theory but I think Edhi has done more work in philanthropy than Malala has ever done for promotion of education among girls. I think she’s been properly cashed in with her situation, duly or unduly by the family and the government then.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Never expected it from youRecommend

  • Ram

    I have to agree with you that she has done little However you are missing my point, you have nothing to gain by opposing her, she is a poster child for educating women in Pakistan, just encourage her cause, by not doing so you are working against education of womenRecommend

  • نائلہ

    Expected what, may I know?

    IMO, the Nobel Prize could have waited for Malala to actually do something. She has the ability to do a lot, but has she really done anything other than “inspire” people?- which isnt a small feat, just that Mr Edhi is on another level completely. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    I suggest you read the blog again if you are thinking that the author thought malala did not deserve a nobel, she just propositioned that some other Pakistani may deserve it more. But why would the west acknowledge Mr Edhi? they wont, cause then their people may see something of Pakistan/ Islam which goes against what their news channels have been preaching.Recommend

  • wajid

    May be ” The Butcher of Gujarat” should get a noble prize.Recommend

  • Salman Shareef

    Because Naila is not a blind follower like you.Recommend

  • C M Naim

    So, if the West is so blind and biased, what honour will a Nobel from the same West bring to Edhi Sahib? It is hard to follow the logic. Bear in mind also that Malal is a co-winner with someone who is also engaged in the welfare of children.Recommend

  • Parvez

    ……..but the deciding committee is Swedish and Norwegian.Recommend

  • Zee

    So did Obama I think though!Recommend

  • Areeba Mohsen

    Thank you for this article.
    May Allah grant health to Eidhi Sahab.Recommend

  • siesmann

    well,you are welcome to blindly keep following your Recommend

  • siesmann

    you would have rather it be given to Taliban-your favourites.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Same kind of excuses were and are still being made to discredit Abdus SalamRecommend

  • Naveed Sethi

    The west just gave this Award to malala in order to place before their public that US is not wasting their Tax money rather it’s used to help Pakistan againist Taliban .

    Malala is just that one face that the US is using to safe their face in front of their Public, that’s it.

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  • Assh

    who cares if he is not awarded the Nobel prize …the pakistan government should honour him by giving a award for all his sincere effort and help him with his charity workRecommend

  • Arshad

    I agree to each and every word of writer. Well written, commendable!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Wrong. He is disliked only cos he was an Ahmadi.

    And he actually did do stuff- like managing the nuclear program of Pakistan?! Recommend

  • Nasir Qureshi

    Today another article by a traitor Pakistani crirtising in New York Times. The whole world is just interested in this onlyRecommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Nobel Peace prize has, for sometime now, become a victim of politics. Yasser Arafat got it but Gandhi did not get it. It is really a joke but then that is how the world of realpolitik operate.
    A Nobel Peace is waiting to be showered on anyone in the subcontinent who has the guts to solve the kashmir issue. Narasimha Rao, the ex- PM of India once said that he is not going to put his political career at risk for a Nobel Peace prize by compromising on Kashmir.
    Pakistan and India’s Army chiefs become peacemakers once they retire. The desire for a peaceful existence is in all of us but we are (mis) led by narrow national narratives that shape our thinking.Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Coming to the article, I think Edhi should have gotten this prize. I have been hearing about the good work he is doing for decades now.
    There are also other contenders from India I know who never made it. Two names come to mind right away. One is Baba Amte who spent his life with lepers and the other is Panduranga Athavale, the founder of Swadhyayi movement.Recommend

  • LM

    It is funny to see how Pakistanis are giving opinion on who should get Nobel Prize and who shouldn’t. Pakistan is not part of Nobel Prize committees who select the prize winners. And the committee must have its own criteria for selection, and yes sometime their choices are criticised as well. However, its a prestigious international award, and we should feel very proud of Malala winning a Nobel and not start coming up with all sorts of negatives against her.
    It would be great if more Pakistanis, including Edhi gets a Nobel Prize; but there is no need to belittle Malala’s win also.Recommend