Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai on Saturday said she was concerned over the resurgence of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
In a statement posted across social media, the nobel laureate said she had shared her “concern” over the reappearance of the TTP in her hometown Swat and other areas of the province in a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. “Our people cannot face more terrorism and displacement — they need protection. The right to seek justice and live in peace belongs to everyone in Pakistan,” she said.
Malala said she had also urged the prime minister to pressure the Afghan Taliban into allowing girls to go to schools and women to work. Afghanistan, she said, was the only country in the world to have banned girls from secondary school. She said Pakistan had to stand for girls’ education and women’s rights.
The nobel laureate had met Sharif to discuss the needs of those impacted by the recent climate catastrophe in Pakistan. “We are calling on the international community to ease debt pressure and provide immediate humanitarian support,” Malala said in her statement. “The floods destroyed tens of thousands of schools, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without education. Humanitarian aid must include funding for emergency schooling, especially for girls,” she said.
Malala need not fret. Girls in Pakistan have complete freedom to go to schools. She should drop the concern about Afghan girls; they are not her problem.