Malala Yousufzai’s Story of Struggle and Receiving Hate from Pakistan

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousufzai came back to her country of origin –  Pakistan for the first time after she was wounded by the Taliban terrorists. Malala Yousufzai promoted and supported women’s education in Pakistan which was against the Taliban ideology. After being injured by the Taliban, Malala returned to Pakistan as a prominent social activist, but why is Pakistan not happy with her visit?

violent taliban extremists shot Malala in 2012. After a long treatment in the UK, she was cured and has been living outside Pakistan ever since.

EurAsian Times Editor in Karachi, Syed Shafiq Ul Haq explains, “Many people in Pakistan think high of Malala Yousufzai, but some patriarchal elements in the society have serious reservations with Malala because she talks about women empowerment.

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A lot of people hate Malala because they feel she is promoting the western agenda of freedom, human rights and women empowerment which is a Western concept. In rural areas where millions of girls leave their schools to get married and take care of their homes and children, it means that Malala is not just fighting the decade’s old traditions of a society, but also challenging the powerful Mulla’s who have complete dominance in the society.

When Malala Yousufzai got Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, there were voices in Pakistan which ridiculed her being as a puppet of the western world. Comments on the social media were derogatory and insulting, and even the Pakistan Media did not show significant interest in her Nobel victory.

Many people said that awarding Nobel Prize to Malala Yousufzai was a political decision and a conspiracy against Pakistan. They criticized Malala being an ordinary girl who was awarded a prestigious prize only to defame the country.

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Malala Yusufzai was born in 1999. She first came to prominence when she started writing Diary for BBC Urdu in 2009 under the name of Gul Maqi. This diary by Malala was an insight into the brutal occupation and life under Taliban in the Swat Valley.

After the Taliban attack, Malala returned to Pakistan for the first time. Even though she only spent few days there as Malala could still be vulnerable to extremists threat. Malala on her return to Pakistan said, “I still can not believe that this is happening in reality, I have seen this dream in the last five years that I can keep my foot in my country. I am very happy to see it today. I would never leave my country, but I had to go out for treatment. “