Recently, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai made headlines yet again on account of her distasteful comments regarding India’s latest move to fast track development in Jammu & Kashmir by abrogating Article 370. Ever since India abrogated Article 370, Pakistani citizens and government have seemed pretty restive. Malala Yousafzai, a make-believe human rights activist, spoke on expected lines. Even though she comes from a country which is known for its poor human rights track record and fomenting cross border terrorism against its immediate neighbours, she lectured India about human rights violation in Kashmir.
To quote an extract from her open letter- “There is no need for us to continue to suffer and hurt each other. Today I am worried about the safety of the Kashmiri children and women, the most vulnerable to violence and the most likely to suffer losses in conflict. I hope all South Asians, the international pcommunity and concerned authorities respond to their suffering. Whatever disagreements we may have, we must always defend human rights, prioritize the safety of children and women and focus on peacefully resolving the seven decade old conflict in Kashmir.”
However, this is not the first time that Malala’s hypocrisy has been exposed. Earlier this year, she came under fire after she blocked a Twitter user asking for justice for two Hindu girls who were kidnapped and coerced into marrying Muslim men in Pakistan. The Twitter user had tagged the Nobel Peace Prize winner and stated, “Two Hindu girls of your age were kidnapped from their home, were molested and forcefully converted to your religion, Islam. The world should know about this barbaric act by Islamists. Please RT in support of those two poor Hindu girls. Thank you.” She has also made unsavoury remarks about India in the past.
Malala made it to the headlines during 2009 when she wrote a blog for BBC Urdu about her life under Taliban rule. Later, New York Times journalist Adam B. Ellick made a documentary on her life. She started giving interviews on Pakistani channels about the importance of education for girls and this is what irked Taliban. On October 9th, 2012, a Taliban gunman entered her school bus and tried to kill her by firing three bullets. One of them severely injured the left side of her forehead. While under treatment, she was moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England on October 15th. Since then, this-United Nations certified-brave girl has been staying in the UK. Her father suggests they may consider returning to Pakistan only after Malala Yousafzai completes her University education.
Malala Yousafzai was hailed as a brave warrior and was given the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, etc. She also spoke at Oxford Union, Harvard University, the Girl Summit in London, and during certain events in the US, Canada as well. In October 2013, she met then US President Barack Obama and surprised everyone by suggesting Obama to rethink on drone attacks that the US uses to kill terrorists in Taliban-controlled areas of Pakistan. She stressed on the point that educating terrorists can solve the terrorism issue. And this is where her tryst with hypocrisy started.
How idiotic can one be? In spite of being a victim of Taliban’s attack, she does not want the US to target Taliban militants in Pakistan? Perhaps, she is not aware that most of the Islamic terrorist group leaders are highly educated. She must read news reports in order to understand that such groups are run by educated fellows.
Her wealthy father has established ‘The Malala Foundation’ and collected millions in the form of funds from organizations and celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie. Reports suggest that in June last year, Malala’s organization started school for Syrian migrant children in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
She has won several awards, rewards, appreciation, Nobel Peace Prize, medals, etc till date. She has been traveling across various countries, giving lectures, television interviews, criticizing Donald Trump, collecting funds, and so on. Surprisingly, she or her father has never criticized ISIS for brutally raping and killing non-Muslim women in Syria and Iraq. She never urged the UN to take immediate action in order to save Yazidi girls from clutches of Islamic State. However, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has urged people to not blame Muslims for terrorism.
While Malala Yousafzai lectures other countries about human rights and has also spoken up on Kashmir’s issue following abrogation of Article 370, even though it is India’s internal issue. However, her hypocrisy stands exposed as the Nobel Peace Prize winner now seems oblivious towards human rights violations in Pakistan, where hardly any women activists are left.