Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Malala Yousafza: Freedom Fighter In Pakistan

Courageous Acts

The family of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafza, who was shot by a Taliban militant while she was returning home from school—a girl who advocated freedom, including the right of education—says it will not be silenced, an article in The Telegraph reports. The shooting of this courageous girl has both shocked and galvanized the nation of Pakistan.
Malala Yousafzai remains in a critical condition after being singled out by gunmen on her way home from school on Tuesday. Her courage in writing a blog about life under the Pakistan Taliban when they controlled the Swat Valley has turned her into a national hero in a country where few are brave enough to challenge extremism.
Doctors cannot yet say whether she will make a full recovery. Hours after surgeons removed a bullet from his daughter's neck, Ziaddun Yousafzai told The Daily Telegraph that his family had no intention of seeking asylum overseas. "We wouldn't leave our country if my daughter survives or not," said Mr Yousafzai, at the military hospital in the north-western city of Peshawar where Malala is being treated."We have an ideology that advocates peace. The Taliban cannot stop all independent voices through the force of bullets."
He added that the family had received multiple threats but had never considered stopping their campaign against the Taliban or leaving Mingora, the main town of Swat. Mr Yousafzai also said his family had rejected offers of security for his daughter in the past. "We stayed away from that because she is a young female. The tradition here does not allow a female to have men close by," he said.
The Pakistan Taliban has already said it will try again to kill Malala if she survives. On Wednesday family friends reported fresh threats against Malala's father and brother.
Malala Yousafza, a courageous girl, is a true freedom fighter, since she is fighting for freedom to receive education., to learn and to think independently. Her actions ought to embolden the military of Pakistan to confront the Taliban, whose ways are reactionary, pre-modern and an assault on human dignity and freedom.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, calling Yousafzai’s work “obscenity.” This brazen act, the shot heard round the world directed at a young girl returning from school, might be the beginning of the end for extremism and its hateful ideology in Pakistan.

Let's hope so; as the Telegraph puts it: “The nature of the attack has stunned Pakistan, a country hardened by years of militant and army brutality. Human rights groups, politicians and commentators have united in condemnation raising hopes the shooting might prove a turning point in the country's perceived reluctance to take on militant havens in the north-west.”

Equally important, let's hope for a full and complete recovery for Malala Yousafza, because I believe, and I am sure others concur, that she has a bright future ahead of her, one in which she'll become the remarkable adult that her nation needs.

You can read the rest of the article at [The Telegraph]