Human Rights activists condemn attack on Malala
ISLAMABAD: The members of Insani Haqooq Ittehad (IHI), an alliance of civil society organisations and human rights activists, strongly condemned the attack on Malala Yousuf Zai, the young peace activist from Swat.
The statement released on Tuesday by the alliance said, “We take this attack, not only an act of violence and terrorism, but also conspiracy against bringing peace in Swat and empowerment of women and girls in the area. It is unfortunate that the one who was active to save many lives and to end terrorism herself became its victim.” This is one of the many times when the human and women’s rights activists were threatened and attacked. This is the second such attack in just three months. The human rights have not yet recovered from the brutal killing of women’s rights activist Farida Afridi in July.
The members demanded the government to urgently investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They also demanded that the government should take serious notice of such attacks on the activists in the areas already bleeding from terrorism and extremism, as such attack discourage all efforts for peace and stability in the region.
They also sought from the government to take full responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens. Malala Yousafzai, a renowned social activist from Swat, stood up and spoke for children’s rights and peace in the time of extreme Talibanisation and militancy in the area. She was hardly 11, when she spoke to media for the right to education in Swat, which was banned by Taliban. Even during the worst terror and peak of extremism in Swat valley, she was actively involved in action by writing a daily diary on BBC website with a pen name of Gul Makai.
She is also the first Pakistani girl to be nominated for International Children’s peace prize by Kids Rights Foundation.