ISLAMABAD - Besides paying rich tributes to Malala Yousafzai - a symbol of defiance and an advocate for the education of girls - Chief Executive of Rawalpindi College of Commerce Pirzada Rahat Quddusi has urged the students to take guidance from the vision of the 14-year-old peace activist.

He stated this while addressing a ceremony organized in the honour of female new entrants to Rawalpindi College of Commerce (RCC).

Quddusi said that it was a tragedy and a denial of rights on a massive scale that that day one out four women even could not read their name in Pakistan.

He said that education could play an emancipating role in empowering and equipping girls with the same life chances as boys. He urged the need to shun the thinking that defines the role of women only in terms of the domestic, unremunerated work they do to keep households running, and their reproductive role in the family.

“It’s simply not acceptable that the majority of girls in Pakistan is still not enjoying equal rights to education,” Rahat Qaddusi lamented. He said that his college would soon launch a campaign titled “A girl’s education: the best investment you can make.”

Later, while denouncing in strong words the attack on the life of Malala Yousafzai, Quddusi called upon the students that they should support her mission and cause by equipping themselves with the education.

He said that the attackers were not Muslims but were in fact the agents of anti-Islam forces. “Islam abhors terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

At the end of ceremony the participants of the ceremony offered special prayers for the life of Malala Yousafzai.