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Malala invites PMs of India, Pakistan to Nobel ceremony
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-11,  Publish Time : 18:54,  View Count : 10
OSLO: Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, made a high-level peacemaking move after sharing the award with India's Kailash Satyarthi for championing children's rights.

The 17-year-old girls' education activist--who heard of her win during a chemistry lesson at her school in Birmingham, England--invited the prime ministers of oft-warring India and Pakistan to the ceremony in Oslo in December when she and the 60-year-old Indian activist will receive the award.

"The award is for all the children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard," she told a press conference held at the end of the school day so she wouldn't miss class.

Malala has lived in Britain since she was brought there for treatment after being shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban near her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley for her advocacy of the right of girls to go to school.

The selection of such a young winner was bound to make headlines, but it also came amid news that 17 civilians died in the worst violence in decades in the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.

Malala did not miss the significance of the moment, paying tribute to her co-winner anti-child labour activist Satyarthi and inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to celebrate their joint win.

'Voice of our heart'

Joyful Pakistanis celebrated her receiving the prestigious award in her home town of Mingora with dancing, singing and the sharing of cakes.

Ayesha Khalid, who was at school with Malala, said: "It's not Malala alone winning this award, the girls of Pakistan have won it...(she) is the light of our eyes and the voice of our heart.

"She has proved that you can't put a halt to education by blowing up schools."

Malala 'pride' of Pakistan

Pakistan's premier Sharif called Malala the "pride" of his country.
"Her achievement is unparallelled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take the lead from her struggle and commitment," he told AFP in a statement.
US President Barack Obama also congratulated her, saying he was "awe-struck by her courage".

Malala will travel to Canada later this month to become an honorary citizen, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said after the Nobel prize announcement.

Malala was named an honorary Canadian a year ago and will visit the country on October 22 to receive citizenship, Harper said.

AFP/ZA





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