Malala won millions of hearts across the world by showing her commitment to the cause of social change through education. Leaving all the controversy associated with the coveted peace prize aside, Malala’s rise to this stature itself is bigger than actually winning the prize. Our country, unfortunately known for negative reasons, is being known now as Malala the brave girl’s country. Like Dr Abdus Salam, Malala is also facing the wrath of rightists inside and outside Pakistan. It has been the greatest tragedy of Pakistan that the entire state narrative was literally stolen by myopic elements.
The state’s writ is shrinking, and the factories of conspiracy theories are running round the clock and adding confusion to the already divided and confused younger generation of Pakistanis. Harmony is needed between the state and the government. Malala may win the Nobel prize next year but the time for the Pakistani state to restore its lost writ and steer the country to stability is running out fast. The state must decide upon its future course and stop letting obscurantists make Pakistan a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
Malik Atif Mahmood Majoka