Daugh­ter of the Na­tion

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

The at­tack on Malala Yousufzai has put us all to shame. While the lib­er­als de­mand a tol­er­ant, pro­gres­sive Pak­istan and the Army prom­ises to stamp out ter­ror­ism, a young girl in Min­gora, Swat is gunned down in an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt sim­ply be­cause she wished to go to school. As men­tioned in your story, Malala was an out­spo­ken critic of Tal­iban rule in Swat and of­ten wrote against the group’s var­i­ous in­jus­tices to­wards women and the clos­ing of girls schools. She re­vealed such atroc­i­ties in her di­ary, writ­ing

un­der the pen-name Gul Makai, for the BBC blog project ti­tled, ‘Di­ary of a Pak­istani School­girl.’ While she may have had her voice heard in in­ter­na­tional quar­ters and even pro­voked the wrath of the Tal­iban, as spokesper­son Eh­san­ul­lah Ehsan men­tioned, there is ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for such a heinous act against any child on the soil of Pak­istan. We should not con­sume our­selves with de­bat­ing whether Malala her­self pro­voked such an at­tack de­spite the warn­ings but should rather fo­cus on prevent­ing such fu­ture crimes. The Pak­istani government de­clared a pub­lic hol­i­day and in a rare show of sol­i­dar­ity, school­child­ren, the Army Chief, mem­bers of the Sunni It­te­had Coun­cil, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and civil so­ci­ety mem­bers sin­gu­larly con­demned the at­tack. The UN also an­nounced Novem­ber 10 as Malala Day, al­lud­ing to the need for girls’ ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, it needs to be seen what the Pak­istani government and the Army do to stamp out the real prob­lem be­yond declar­ing pub­lic hol­i­days and dis­play­ing pub­lic sup­port.

Mi­nahil Riaz Karachi, Pak­istan

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