Malala Book Banned in Pakistani Schools

I am Malala

Teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai’s book has been banned from private schools across Pakistan for containing anti-Islamic and anti-Pakistani content.

Malala, who rose to international fame after the Taliban shot her in the head for promoting girls’ education, released a memoir in October, entitled I Am Malala. While the teenager may have become an international hero for opposing the Taliban, the private school authority in Pakistan thinks she is a “tool of the West.”

Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, said the book will be banned in all 40,000 of its affiliated schools because it represents the West, not Pakistan. He also called on the government to bar it from school curriculums.

Kashif Mirza, the chairman of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, said his group had also banned the book because it didn’t show enough respect for Islam and it spoke favourably of author Salman Rushdie.

Malala “was a role model for children, but this book has made her controversial,” Mirza said. “Through this book, she became a tool in the hands of the Western powers.”

Conspiracy theories surrounding Malala, like the idea her shooting was staged to create a hero for the West, reflect the level of influence right-wing Taliban-lovers have in Pakistan – as well as the lack of education in the country. If only there was a book promoting education…

Or maybe private schools are just afraid that if they don’t ban the book, they will become targets for the Pakistani Taliban – whose number one enemy is apparently a 16-year-old girl.

Via: Al Jazeera

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