Pak leaders silent on terrorism in Swat Valley: Malala Yousafzai

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 03, 2015 21:43 IST
Malala Yousafzai attends the premiere of "He Named Me Malala" at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. (REUTERS)

Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousufzai has questioned the Pakistani leadership on its silence on terrorism in the Swat Valley.

In an interview to India Today TV channel where Yousufzai said there is a “need for strong leadership” in Pakistan, 18-year-old crusader for girls’ education asked: “Why are they silent if terrorism is happening in Swat valley? Why are they silent if girls are denied education or women are flogged on the streets?”

Originally hailing from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, the Nobel Laureate said: “I do miss my beautiful Swat Valley. I have gone to so many places, but Swat is really paradise on earth.”

Yousufzai said she was amazed and happy to know that people in India love her. “They don’t care about my religion or from where I belong. People stand with me knowing that I am doing a good work. This is what is good about India and I would love to visit India,” she said.

Talking about her love for Indian cinema, she said: “I am also a big fan of Bollywood movies. Recently I saw Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan. It was a very good film. It delivered the message of brotherhood and peace between the two countries.”

In sports, Yousafzai said she “likes cricket” and wants “India and Pakistan to have good relation” before quipping: “I always want Pakistan to win.”

Yousafzai became a globally famous name after she was brutally attacked by Taliban militants in October 2012. Now a major film is being made on her life and the bravery she demonstrated.

“I want to go to Pakistan and serve the people of my country. I started my campaign for education from Swat only. The terrorists who stopped me from getting education motivated me to stand up for my rights. I will continue my campaign there.”

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