There have been many rumors about the Malala incident and I did not believe them until I got information about the lack of any support provided to the other two victims who were also injured in the accident, Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz were Malala’s classmates. They were both shot at by the Taliban hit man.

They are overwhelmed by the news their friend who got treated in Britian’s Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. What they could not understand is why they were never contacted by Pakistan government or the British government and provided any aid. The other two girls were also victims of the incident. Now the girls have recovered, but why was only Malala awarded? Didn’t the two classmates show braveness?

Malala has been awarded by many, Former British Prime Minister and current U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala”. U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has announced that 10 November will be celebrated as Malala Day. If this was not a conspiracy hatched by US, UK and Malala’s family (pictures of Malala’s father meeting Halbrook before the accident on Facebook) then the other girls should receive equal respect and awards.

The day should be name d as ‘Three Brave Teen’s Day’? Well my request to the Government of Pakistan and the horrific experience of the other two girls should also be highlighted; after all they were only 13 and 16 year old girls.

SAAD UDDIN KHAN,

Karachi, May 8.