Pakistani Schools Hold Anti-Malala Day

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai made headlines around the globe recently when she took home the Nobel Peace Prize for championing female education.

But the 17-year old schoolgirl has faced more than her share of adversity to get to where she is today. Famously shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, she's since been dealt further death-threats, and is now the focus of an 'anti-Malala' campaign in Pakistan.

An association of Pakistani schools held 'I am not Malala' day yesterday, condemning Yousafzai for what it called her 'alignment' with novelist Salman Rushdie, a British native who calls for freedom of expression and is accused of blaspheming Islam in his book "The Satanic Verses".

"We severely condemned the chapter of the book in which Salman Rushdie's book has been mentioned as freedom of expression by Malala while referring to father's views," said Mirza Kashif Ali, the president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation.

While there's been no response yet from Yousafzai's camp, we think she summed it up best when she said, "Extremists have shown what frightens them most. A girl with a book."

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