Malala faces backlash at home, accused of spreading Western values
An association of Pakistani schools held an 'I am Not Malala' day to condemn the renowned activist
Being a Nobel laureate and an education campaigner who is based in the West appear to have earned Malala Yousafzai some backlash at home in Pakistanis.
An association of Pakistani schools held an “I am Not Malala” day and organized walks, seminars and press conferences to condemn the renowned activist they see being used to spread Western values in the conservative Muslim Pakistan.
The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF), a group that claims to represent 150,000 schools across Pakistan, has called for banning Malala’s memoir because it “offends Islam” and the “ideology of Pakistan,” the Huffington Post reported.
Mirza Kashif Ali, the organization’s president, denounced Malala’s book as offensive.
"We are all for education and women’s empowerment," Kashif Ali told New York Times. "But the West has created this persona who is against the Constitution and Islamic ideology of Pakistan."
The group claimed that the memoir supports the controversial British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie who angered the Muslim World in 1988 with his novel "The Satanic Verses. The group reportedly accused the young activist as a member of “Rushdie's Ideological Club.”
Child activist Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 but recovered and went on to win this year's Nobel peace prize.
She was hailed all over the world as a figure of courage but her fame was perceived differently in her homeland.
According to a study quoted by the Independent, 30 percent of the Pakistani population said they support Malala, about a fifth said they viewed her unfavorably and half said they felt indifferent.