Pakistani schools network observes anti-Malala day

ISLAMABAD: An association of Pakistani schools held an “I am not Malala” day on Monday, condemning young Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai for what it called her support for controversial novelist Salman Rushdie. Education campaigner Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 but recovered and went on to win this …

Malala book still not get allow to launch in KP

Malala book

PESHAWAR: The Taliban militants’ fear continues to hinder the launch of girls education campaigner Malala book in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The government had stopped the launch of ‘I am Malala’ the Malala book in Peshawar two and half months ago in the wake of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s threat of attacks against bookshops selling the book. …

I am Malala

THE launching of Malala’s book ‘I am Malala’ by Peshawar University was stopped by the provincial government. It is being criticised by many, including Imran Khan, on the ground that it amounts to curbing freedom of expression. Launching of a book is simply a ceremony. Disallowing it does not mean “curbing the freedom of expression”. …

Malala’s book launch

Malala’s book launchWHAT a shame that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has stopped the ceremony to launch Malala Yousufzai’s book, I am Malala, at the Peshawar University. Pity the nation that keeps on harping on the supremacy of the constitution but cannot provide security to even a premier university of the country. What signals do we send to […]

Malala Yousafzai book launch censored in Peshawar

Malala Yousafzai book launch censored in PeshawarReporters Without Borders regrets that the launch of 16-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai’s memoir “I am Malala” at Peshawar University’s Area Study Centre in northwestern Pakistan on 28 January was cancelled as a result of pressure from local officials, who cited security reasons. “We deplore this politically-motivated manoeuvre, which violated freedom of information,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, […]

Politicking over pages of child activist’s memoir

By: Hidayat Khan PESHAWAR: At 10am on Tuesday morning, Imran Khan tweeted that he was at a loss to understand why Malala’s Peshawar book launch was stopped. He said his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) believed in freedom of speech and debate, not censorship of ideas. It was supposed to be a big day for …

Malala interrupted and the Khan surprised

Malala interrupted and the Khan surprised Mohammed Tahseen, whom I fondly call Paa Taseen, is known to me since childhood despite us never having lived in the same city. Fundamentally, that is because of a shared political heritage between our families. He is a seasoned community development practitioner, peace campaigner and human rights activist. He …

Book launch thwarted

IT is never advisable for governments to get into the business of banning books. And if the literature in question is written to counter the extremist narrative that is beginning to dominate, as Malala Yousafzai’s I am Malala attempts to do, then official obstructions to prevent the launch of such material can only be termed …