PESHAWAR: Noble peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday said that education is the right of every child whether male or female and the government must strive hard to promote education for eliminating injustices and ignorance in the society.
She said this while addressing a function arranged in her honour by Rashid Hussain Foundation here at Neshtar Hall Peshawar on Thursday. Central General Secretary of Awami National Party Mian Iftikhar Hussain and large number of students were present on the occasion.
Addressing through video link, she added that women were deprived of their rights, adding that time has been changed and now women better know about their rights.
She said that for a prosperous society, women must be educated. She reiterated her dream that every child should have a book and pen. “In order to spread the message of education we all must work together,” she said. Malala said that women should strive hard for getting their rights. While praising the sacrifices of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain, she said that his son was martyred but he never left the right way.
Addressing on the occasion, Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that certain elements are hatching propaganda campaign against Malala Yousafzai who do not want peace and education in the country. He condemned those elements who are criticising Malala without any justification. He said that they are proud of Malala Yousafzai who rendered matchless sacrifices for the promotion of education in the country. He said that Malala Yousafzi is not the name of a person but it is a symbol of a philosophy and no one could undermine this philosophy from the heart of Pakhtuns.
Mian Iftikhar said that those who have negative thoughts regarding Malala’s philosophy are the products of extremism and militancy. He said that Pakhtuns are not terrorists but they have been defamed by terrorist elements. He said that Malala Yousafzai has proved that Pakhtuns love peace and they are not supporting terrorism on their soil.
Mamanra Afridi, a female student from FATA Khyber Agency, also paid tributes to Malala Yousafzai and said that he got inspiration from Malala struggle for woman education. She said that everyone among them is Malala and they would not hesitate to keep up her mission.
General Secretary National Youth Organisation Hassan Buneri paid rich tributes to Malala for wining noble peace prize. She said that Malala represented all the Pakhtuns at international level and conveyed real image of Pakhtuns across the world.