Malala’s Fight for a Mod­ern Pakistan

As Pakistan’s po­lit­i­cal lead­ers em­brace a vic­tim men­tal­ity, Malala Yusufzai leads a move­ment to do the right thing, what­ever the con­se­quences.

Southasia - - GUEST COLUMN - By Hu­sain Haqqani

Afghanistan af­ter the with­drawal of the Soviet Union.

Ter­ror­ist groups with ide­o­log­i­cal affin­ity to the Tal­iban were as­sisted by the govern­ment in hopes of re­solv­ing its long-stand­ing dis­pute with In­dia over Kash­mir.

Al­though Pakistan has lost thou­sands of its own cit­i­zens and sol­diers to ter­ror­ist at­tacks since 9/11, strate­gic delu­sions con­tinue to pre­vail. Even some Western ed­u­cated Pak­ista­nis seem to con­done vi­o­lence against mi­nori­ties and ter­ror­ism in the name of Is­lam, de­scrib­ing it only as a re­ac­tion to Western colo­nial­ism and Amer­i­can global in­flu­ence.

In such an en­vi­ron­ment, Malala’s choice of mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion and her will­ing­ness to face the threats of vi­o­lence from the no­to­ri­ously un­for­giv­ing Tal­iban was def­i­nitely an act of great courage.

Malala, a young vil­lage girl with lit­tle out­side ex­po­sure, wished to con­nect to the rest of the world. She says she was in­spired by Be­nazir Bhutto, who be­came the Mus­lim world’s first woman prime min­is­ter and was killed in 2007 by ter­ror­ists

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