Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani rights activist and youngest Nobel laureate, on Thursday voiced her grave concern over Kashmir saying that she was very worried about safety of women, children in the Valley. In a long post on Twitter, without taking name of either India or Pakistan, Yousafzai said that all nations and international community must come together for a peaceful resolution.
“The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young,” the youngest ever Nobel Laureate tweeted. Malala, 22, said that she cared about Kashmir since “South Asia is my home, a home I share with 1.8 billion people including Kashmiris”. The region represented different cultures, religions, languages, cuisines and customs, she said and expressed hope that “we can all live in peace”. “There is no need for us to continue to suffer and hurt each other,” she said. “Whatever disagreement we may have… Must focus on peacefully resolving the seven-decade conflict in Kashmir,” Malala added.
The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young. pic.twitter.com/Qdq0j2hyN9— Malala (@Malala) August 8, 2019
At present, Malala is studying at the prestigious Oxford University after getting her A-level results. The UN Messenger of Peace lives in Birmingham since she was airlifted for a life-saving surgery after being shot in the head by the Taliban nearly five years ago.Malala is following in the footsteps of world leaders by studying philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) a course that has been dubbed the degree ‘that rules Britain’ by the media.
Notable alumni of PPE at Oxford University include former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, someone Malala describes as her heroine. PPE is also one of the prestigious university’s most over-subscribed courses.Other famous alumni include Myanmar’s pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi as well as former British Prime Minister David Cameron and his one-time Labour opponent Ed Miliband.
Malala was shot in the head on her way home from school after writing her anonymous diary about life under Taliban rule in the Swat Valley of northwest Pakistan. Militants boarded her school bus and opened fire, also injuring two of her school friends. She became internationally known after the incident and relocated with her family to Birmingham for further rehabilitation.She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize aged 17 in 2014.
(With agency inputs)