Is Malala a role model for Pakistanis or a villain — debate ensues after a book having her picture seized

Is Malala a role model for Pakistanis or a villain

By Raza Ruman

The social media was taken by storm mostly in favour of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai. The controversy erupted after Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) confiscated the social studies book for grade 7 published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) for printing the picture of Malala alongside that of 1965 war hero Maj Aziz Bhatti Shaheed in the list of important personalities.

People from different segment of society reacted strongly. Senior journalist and publisher Najam Sethi said: “The Punjab Police has raided bookshops to seize a Grade 7 textbook by a reputed publisher because it included a pic of Nobel Laureate Malala! This is shameful, ignorant, reactionary, condemnable behaviour. Laanat!”

Nida Karmani said: “Of course, why would we want to corrupt our young minds with stories of brave girls standing up for their rights?! That might give them dangerous ideas.”

Sadia writes on her Twitter wall saying “Grade 7 book seized in Punjab for printing Malala’s picture with national heroes. Question is why she was there with the national heroes in the first place? Who will seize that intrusive campaign that is hell-bent to penetrate her as some goddess in our young brains?”

Roahanay Zafar says: “I no longer have the ability to be surprised or outraged. I wonder what new lows will we hit. I have a 9 year old who knows about Malala and Greta Thurnberg, these are good role models to aspire towards, both are raising their voice on real issues.”

Salman said: “Great action against Punjab “Grade 7″ textbook. Who betrayed his country and the people of his country. Who said a lot against his homeland. Who did not believe in many things of Islam and made a kind of joke. We do not consider such hypocrites as our heroes.”

Taimur Malik said: “This is just silly behaviour on the part of Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board. If we can have schools named after her in Karachi and elsewhere, what’s the problem here? Regardless, kids around the world are still going to read about her – deal with it.”

This debate is ongoing whether she was our hero or a villain. Who will decide this? PAK DESTINY

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