Malala wants Modi, Sharif to attend Nobel Award ceremony

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 15:27 IST

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be present when the prize is awarded to her and Indian winner Kailash Satyarthi in Oslo on 10 December.

Making a statement in Birmingham after finishing school, she said she had spoken to Satyarthi, and had asked him also to request Modi to attend the event. She said she would similarly request Sharif for his participation.

Malala, 17, said she was honoured to be chosen for the award and for sharing it with Satyarthi, whose "great work for child rights, against child slavery inspired me". He 'totally deserved' the award, she said.

Referring to current tension between India and Pakistan on the international border, Malala expressed her disappointment and said she wanted both countries to hold dialogue and focus on education and development.

Recalling her unfortunate experience with the Taliban in the Swat valley in Pakistan, she said she earlier wanted to be study and be a doctor, but now she wanted to be a 'good politician'.

Malala was told by a teacher during her Chemistry class in school about the Nobel announcement, but went through the day as usual, attending Physics and English classes later. She thanked her parents, school teachers and fellow students for their support.

"The award is not for me but for every child in the world. This is not the end of the campaign I started, but the beginning. I want to see every child in the world go to school. I want every child to stand up for their rights, to receive quality education, not to suffer child labour, child trafficking", she said.


Feel more powerful with Nobel Peace win: Malala

She added: "I had a phone call from Kailash and we both spoke about how important it is for children to go to school. We both decided to work together; also decided to try to build strong relations between both countries".

Malala is a student of the Edgbaston High School, where she enrolled after recovering from the serious head injury she suffered after being shot at by the Taliban in Pakistan. She was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she lives with her parents.

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