Ten years after she faced an assassination bid, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is on a visit to Pakistan thsi time to meet the people affected by the recent unprecedented floods in Pakistan. Her visit comes at a time when Pakistan is witnessing a widespread protest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malala’s hometown) province of Pakistan over the rise of militancy in the region.
Pakistan witnessed its worst floods, beginning in mid-June 2022. Heavy rains flooded Pakistan leading to the inundation of about one-third of the country. Till now, more than 33 million people are affected by floods. The government of Pakistan has estimated the cost of flood damages at $30 billion.
Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai landed at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on 11th October 2022 and travelled to flood-affected areas on 12th October 2022.
Pakistan’s prominent news daily Dawn reported that “ Malala’s visit is a bid to help keep international attention focused on the impact of floods in Pakistan and reinforce the need for critical humanitarian aid.”
Who is Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafazai is a Pakistan-born female education activist, who was born in a Pashto family in the Swat region of Pakistan. She became the youngest Nobel laureate for her struggle against the hardliners’ suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education particularly girls. She became the first Pashtoon to receive a Nobel peace prize in 2014.
Malala openly defied and criticized the directives issued by the dreaded terrorist organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) to close schools for women in the KPK province of Pakistan. In retaliation, she was shot by a TTP gunman in 2012. She survived but had to be taken to England for life-saving treatment and was forced to live in exile there because of fatwas issued against her.
In 2013, TIME magazine named Malala one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” She also spoke at the United Nations where she advocated for women’s rights.
TTP’s Rise in KPK
The same terror organization which shot Malala in 2012 is once again on the rise in her province. Malala’s visit to Pakistan coincides with the huge protests which have erupted against the resurgence of militancy in KPK.
Protesters are holding demonstrations in the entire Pashtun dominated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan over the return of militancy in the region, which many believe is backed by the Pak army.