London :Nobel laureate and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai has reacted strongly to recent statements made by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan about women’s education in Afghanistan. He mentioned about the “Pashtun culture” saying the ethnic group keeps women away from education as part of its culture.
“I nearly lost my life fighting against Taliban’s ban on girls’ education. Thousands of Pashtoon activists and notables lost their lives when they raised their voices against Taliban’s horrors and millions became refugees. We represent Pashtoons – not the Taliban,” Yousafzai said on Twitter.
Nobel Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and pressed for concerted action to protect girls’ access to education in Afghanistan and around the globe.
I nearly lost my life fighting against Taliban’s ban on girls’ education. Thousands of Pashtoon activists and notables lost their lives when they raised their voices against Taliban’s horrors and millions became refugees. We represent Pashtoons — not the Taliban.
Speaking at the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) summit in Islamabad on Sunday, Imran Khan said that the Taliban – which now rules Afghanistan – was a predominant Pashtun movement. He also said that terror group Islamic State attacks Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Khan’s remarks sparked a response from former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Afghans on social media.
Karzai called Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks “an attempt to sow discord among Afghans, and an insult to the Afghan people.” He also asked Imran Khan to stop interfering in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
Afghanistan’s former ambassadress to Norway Shukria Barakzai also said that the comments show his lack of knowledge of Afghanistan’s history.
A large number of social media activists posted photos and video clips of ancient Afghanistan where women would go to universities and schools and they were part of the cabinets in different governments.
Some said that Kabul University has been founded in 1932 before the birth of Pakistan in 1947.
Leader of Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Manzoor Pashteen in a Twitter post also condemned and said that Imran Khan’s comments are false and negative.
Pashteen said that Pashtoons never denied education to girls nor denied their rights. “Stop this colonialism,” he wrote, reported Khaama Press.