‘What terrorists fear most: a girl with a book’ – Ban Ki-moon
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has jointly awarded the 2014 peace prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India.
In a statement today after the prize was awarded, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, said:
With her courage and determination, Malala has shown what terrorists fear most: a girl with a book.
Not just the terrorists, but Islamist zealots such as Anjem Choudary, the London-based Muslim hate preacher and Iftikhar Ahmad, of The London School of Islamics, who laid the blame for Malala’s shooting on the girl herself and the BBC.
A while back we reported that Choudary promised that he and his cohorts would issue a fatwa against the teenager. But he insisted he was not calling for Malala’s death.
It’s not a death sentence. It’s about what is the reality of what’s taking place and how she is being used as a tool for propaganda by the US and Pakistan, and for the crimes they are committing.
Later, the Freethinker received an email from Ahmad. In it he asked:
What is so special about this Malala, that she has been honoured with a peace prize, and nominated for Noble (sic)?
At the age of 11 Malala began writing, under a pseudonym, for the BBC. Did the BBC encourage Malala, knowing she was only 11? If that is the case, what an irresponsible, unethical act!! I am sure that the BBC feels somewhat remorseful that this story ended the way it did, and they are the ones who are paying for Malala’s treatment in England. I wonder if Malala’s parents were aware of their daughter’s blog.
Ms Yousafzai, 17, the youngest recipient of the prize since it was created in 1901, received the honour one day after the second anniversary of her shooting on a school bus. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Since then, she has become a global emblem of her struggle, celebrated on television and publishing a memoir.
In a news conference in Birmingham today she said:
I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and first the young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award.
She will share the $1.1 million prize equally with Sathyarthi, 60, an Indian veteran of campaigns to end child labour and free children from trafficking.
One wonders whether the prize will have changed attitudes in her home town of Mingora. Last year it was reported here that conservative residents voiced suspicion about the motives behind her campaign to get more girls into school.
Some described her as an “agent of the West”. Abdul Khaliq, a teacher at a school just outside the town, called her a “mouthpiece” for America and Britain.
The so-called education campaign by Malala is just eyewash. Neither me nor other Pakistanis will believe in her.
Hat tip: Well … dozens!