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Updated: January 28, 2014 23:39 IST

I am Malala, not at home

Meena Menon
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Malala Yousafzai during a photocall at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to launch her memoir, I Am Malala. File Photo: AP
Malala Yousafzai during a photocall at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to launch her memoir, I Am Malala. File Photo: AP

A controversy erupted on Tuesday over teenage activist Malala Yousafzai’s bestselling book I am Malala. when the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government stopped the University of Peshawar from holding a programme on it. Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, lives in the U.K. Now, even her book cannot be discussed in her native province.

Dr. Khadim Hussain, director, Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation, one of the organisers, told The Hindu over phone from Peshawar that the function was planned 10 days in advance to discuss issues covered by the book.

On Monday evening, a minister from the provincial government of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shah Farman, called him up and asked him to cancel the function saying it was a banned book.

Dr. Hussain said they were told they had no mandate.

“We said that freedom of expression, education and conflict were the three areas of debate and it was all connected with Central Asian studies. I told them the government should also come and be part of this debate,” he said.

Ms. Malala’s book was not banned and there was no reason to call off the programme on that basis, he pointed out.

Shiraz Paracha, spokesperson for the province’s Chief Minister, said that there was no official ban on the book and the university was an autonomous body which could take its own decisions.

PTI chairperson Imran Khan tweeted: “I am at a loss to understand why Malala’s book launch stopped in Peshawar. PTI believes in freedom of speech/debate, not censorship of ideas.”

Why is she still in the news. Its been 2 years or so, enough of this propaganda. She did not even author that book. She is a Western love affair, the West may gladly keep her. But they wont, they will juice her situation to their political interest and abandon her. Poor girl needs help and guidance. Feel sorry for her.

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Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 02:39 IST
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