NOWSHERA VIRKAN - Political and religio-political leaders have denounced the attack on Malala Yousafzai here the other day.

PML-N Youth Wing President Irfan Yaqoob, former city Nazim Mian Muhammad Javed, religious scholar Syed Iqbal Hussain Bukhari and Dr Abdul Basit through a joint press statement condemned in strongest words the attack on the young peace activist Malala and her companions.  They said that the courage of Malala gave Pakistan a new recognition in the world, and the nation rightly felt proud of her pursuits for humanity.  They said that so-called religious extremists were responsible for illiteracy and backwardness in the region.

Former Nazim Javed said that the torch the young activist lit to end the darkness of ignorance and make the country a peaceful place would not be put out by this dastardly act of the miscreants.  Dr Abdul Basit said that Malala had highlighted various issues of her region at international level, especially the education.

He said that efforts of Malala to promote education for girls were exemplary and she was recognized internationally. He paid rich tribute to Malala for her noble work.