Malala Yousufzai, the Martin Luther King Jr of Pakistan

I am not entirely sure why this story is not bigger news over here*. Just this picture of Malala Yousufzai in her hospital bed, with her father Ziauddin Yousufzai, and her two brothers Atal and Khushal, should be on the front page. This is a young girl who stood up to the malicious force that is the Taliban and lived to tell the tale. She was shot, from above, at nearly point-blank range. Is she not the Martin Luther King Jr of Pakistan?

Malala Yousufzai in bed, poses with her father Ziauddin Yousufzai and brothers Atal and Khushal.

*Actually, I know full well why it is not getting as much press as it deserves. It is the nature of our media. I suppose it is encouraging it is getting this much attention. God bless her and her family. That said, I would apply for asylum if I were the Yousufzais.

I seem to have a fair number of visitors from Pakistan and the Middle East at this blog. (It might be due to the title.) What say you Pakistanis? How do you view this brave girl? If you are a father, would you not want her in your family? And should you be a mother, is she not a good role model for your children? She advocates, of all revolutionary things, education for young girls. What a firebrand!

19 thoughts on “Malala Yousufzai, the Martin Luther King Jr of Pakistan”

  1. She’s a very brave young soon to be woman…I had heard she was shot in the head at point blank range…God bless her and keep her safe….k

  2. Sadly the Taliban have already vowed to finish the job they started.

    This school girl has a 24 hour armed guard around her and her family whilst they stay in the UK. Her father has already stated that he wishes to return to Pakistan when his daughter is able to travel. A definite death sentence.

    School friends of Malala Yousufzai back in Pakistan have been amazing in showing their support openly and in defiance of the Taliban. It is only a matter of time before their fate is sealed in the same way.

    Interestingly the Pakistani community here in the UK remain deafeningly ‘silent’. The majority of support has come from the the British community as well as the UK Government and Parliament.

    A young female child has to be executed because she wishes to be educated? True words fail me as I know she will not be the last!

    Yours Aye

    Ex Bootneck

  3. Kris: She is a brave, young girl.
    Ex Bootneck: I am not surprised that the Pakistani community in UK is not saying anything. Unfortunately, that particular community has issues with individuals thinking for themselves.

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