Urdu version of ‘I am Malala’ launched

Don’t clip wings of your daughters and let them pursue their education and career. This is what Malala Yousafzai’s struggle is all about, said speakers at the launch of Mein Hoon Malala, Urdu version of Malala’s book ‘I am Malala’.

Rights activist IA Rehman said in his address the book was written in simple Urdu and she had written it before she won the Nobel Peace Prize. He said the book contains stories about her parents and the Swat Valley. She has also narrated her experiences as an Internally Displaced Person in her book, as her family had to leave Swat in the wake of a military operation against terrorists there, he said. He also read some excerpts from the book.

Pervez Hoodbhoy said Malala received a standing ovation on her UN General Assembly speech. He said, "We need to understand the narrative of the people who attacked the young girl before we present our national narrative on this issue. "The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan gave a so-called justification for the attack and they termed the attack on Malala part of the ongoing war between Islam and non-believers."Her critics say she was given Nobel Peace Prize, but she did not deserve it. They say she is a puppet of the West and even Leftists oppose Malala.

Prof Dr Khadim Hussain of the Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation said when Mingora was silenced by extremists; it was Malala who raised her voice for right to education. He said when the Taliban took over the Valley; it was the season of beheadings. He said Malala changed the regional and international perspective on girls’ education.

“In the book, Malala's father says don’t clip wings of your daughters,” he said.

Dr Khadim said Malala's story is powerful and it revolves around the fight of a young girl for her education.

Rights activist Asma Jahangir addressed the book launch over the phone. She said Malala’s determination was truly inspiring and she was continuing her studies. HRCP Chairperson Dr Mehdi Hassan said if Malala wants to be the prime minister of Pakistan, she should come to Pakistan and pursue her education here.

“The attack on Malala was condemned globally, but people will take inspiration from her story when she will be among her own people,” Dr Hassan concluded.

Writer Masood Ashser of Mashal Books moderated the book launch. He said it was Mashal Books' aim to spread political and social awareness and progressive thinking. He said Mashal Books had published 250 books so far. “You can read and download all the books free of cost online,” he said. Writer Zehra Nigah said Malala’s message was a symbol of enlightenment and hope for a prosperous Pakistan. “Pakistan has been in the news over the last few years for all the wrong reasons and rise of Malala during this period is a good news for sure. –FAIZAN ALI WARRAICH

She was praised globally,” she said.