ISLAMABAD – A certain section of educational institutes have started the process of disowning the Pakistan’s second and world’s youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai by organizing ‘I am NOT Malala Day’.
The day was being observed on Monday and the association of Pakistani private schools (not all private schools) held nationwide celebrations of ‘I am Not Malala Day’ condemning her for allegedly supporting controversial novelist Salman Rushdie.
Not to forget that Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam met somewhat similar fate when after winning the Nobel prize he was disowned by majority of country’s population for holding a certain religious belief.
Education campaigner Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 but recovered and went on to win this year’s Nobel peace prize. Last year, Malala’s autobiography was edited famous journalist and writer Christina Lambs. After the book being published, Malala received a lot of criticism for allegedly supporting Salman Rushdi and not writing the title Qauid-i-Azam with the name of founding father of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation last year barred its members from buying Malala’s memoir ‘I am Malala’ because of what the group said was its ‘anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam content’.
It said the book, written with British journalist Christina Lamb, was too sympathetic to British novelist Rushdie.
Rushdie in 1989 became the target of an Iranian fatwa, or religious edict, calling for his murder for allegedly blaspheming Islam and the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) in his book ‘The Satanic Verses’.