“Why I HATE Malala Yousafzai” ~ a guest post by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Over the past few weeks, what with the Nobel hoopla and all, everyone has had something to say or write about Malala Yousafzai.

The politicians propagated their own agenda, liberal fascists whined about their cause and journalists used the issue to put forward their personal agendas through the debate surrounding the teenager.

Some writers wrote satires that were taken seriously, others wrote serious pieces that weren’t taken seriously and then there were the white man’s burden, brown man’s burden and burdens that came in other colours, being discussed in articles that tried to complicate a debate that has been pretty simple all along.

Now, as I write this piece, what I intend to do is give you a completely straightforward perspective, one that you will not find in any other article written about Malala.

I have no issue being dubbed a misogynist, fundamentalist, jihadist or a conspiracy theory leech, for I have no qualms in admitting that I undoubtedly am all of those things. And so I shall tell you why I hate Malala sans any inkling of pretention: the absolutely honest and truthful perspective of a true Pakistani.

How much a Pakistani hates someone depends on how easy it is to hate them.  And few individuals are easier to hate than Malala Yousafzai.

Here’s a girl, not old enough to have an ID card, taking on Pakistan’s biggest enemy without an iota of fear.

She takes a bullet to her head not fighting for a jingoistic agenda, but for something as universally celebrated as education.  For her commendable bravery she gets global acclaim, speaks in front of a global audience at the UN, meets the American president and is pretty much the only positive coming out of this country in recent times.

It seems to be more a tale of inspiration than a recipe for hatred.

So, let’s flip the coin.

Here’s a girl, not old enough to have an ID card, siding with Pakistan’s biggest enemy to defame the nation without an iota of shame.  She pretends to take a bullet to her head helping the West propagate their jingoistic agenda under the garb of something as universally celebrated as education.

For her commendable theatrics she gets global acclaim, gets the chance to speak in front of a global audience at the UN, meets the American president and gets to act like the only positive thing coming out of this country in recent times.

Which side of the coin is easier to believe?

Easier, not in terms of being more logical or making more sense, which argument out of the two is easier to digest for an average Pakistani like me?

Do you think it’s easy for me to accept flag bearers of my religion as my enemy?  Do you believe that it’s easy for me to accept the fact that a 16-year-old girl fearlessly took a stand against the biggest threat facing this country while men like me were busy being apologetic on the behalf of the “freedom fighters”?

Do you honestly believe that it’s easy for me to accept that a young girl from our neck of the woods, with all the societal handicaps that one can think of, can singlehandedly orchestrate a global rude awakening? The thought rips the bigoted, discriminatory and misogynistic ideals that I’ve grown up with, into tiny little shreds.

How can I accept Malala to be a hero, when her speeches do not have any Islamic or nationalistic agenda?  How can I consider her to be my future leader when nothing she says or does imbues a false sense of superiority in me as a Muslim or a Pakistani?  How can I accept that a young girl was able to highlight who our actual enemies are, when grown up men in our parliaments are still hell bent on befriending them?

How can I rejoice at Malala’s global achievement when I’ve been taught all my life that a girl’s place is in the kitchen?  I just can’t.

The religion I follow is inherently misogynistic.  The society I live in is quintessentially patriarchal.  And I’m supposed to manifest ideals of gender equality and women empowerment out of the blue?

Why do you think we consider it a million times easier to call Aafia Siddiqui the daughter of Pakistan than Malala Yousafzai?  With Aafia there’s a sense of victimhood, with jihad as the cherry on top.  That’s what we’d like in our daughters: fragility, vulnerability and the perpetual dependence on one of the male guardians in her life.

And so please answer this: who is easier for me to consider this nation’s daughter, one who I can ostensibly protect from the conspiring agenda of nonbelievers or one that is seen hobnobbing with the nonbelievers?

Give me the name of one female who we have taken seriously as our global representative? Benazir Bhutto? But she was always Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s daughter, wasn’t she? How do we trace the illustrious male DNA to justify Malala’s accomplishments?

Do you still not see why instead of going through the hassle of an ideological metamorphosis and purging myself of the ideals I’ve spent all my life with, it’s a million times more convenient to just buy the conspiracy theories? I hate Malala because it’s by far the most convenient choice.

I hate Malala because then I don’t have to look at myself in the mirror.

I hate Malala because then I can keep my head buried in the sand.

I hate Malala because then marrying my daughter off would be my sole responsibility towards her.

I hate Malala because then I don’t have to regret all those times my mother fed me with her own hands while my sister was busy washing the dishes.

I hate Malala because it helps me sleep peacefully, with my sense of superiority very much intact.

Kunwar Khuldune ShahidKunwar Khuldune Shahid is a Lahore-based Financial Journalist and Cultural Critic.  He can be reached via Twitter @khuldune. This article was first published in Viewpoint Online. Reprinted with author’s permission.

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  • Hina

    This was pretty powerful. And as a Pakistani living abroad, I can understand where you’re coming from. I’m a woman and I too have felt these things towards Malala. It’s easier to live in denial than accept the fact that we all were raised in this misogynistic way, and it is a difficult ideology to shed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the topic.

    • abby milano

      so you’re basically saying that you are inferior and ur place is in the kitchen !!! . by the way i’m an American Muslim I said that to clarify that i’m in no way ridiculing islam rather i’m pointing out that you Miss/Mrs. Hina should have opposed him instead of supporting his idea.

  • elena

    So great to see this on here…one of the most visionary minds on this planet right now

  • Anyone

    …….and I hate Malala because one doesn’t need any reason, proof, or logic to do so.

  • ok

    Hmm, i am a muslim girl, I think a girl is much happy & peaceful at home.. But still if i agree to what you said, (gave a good chance to non muslims to say things against islam), why only malala yousafzai? There are millions of intelligent girls in our country.. Secondly, if she was so much concerned about women of pakistan, why did she go to a country which is killing millions of muslims around the world? She must have hated them? Islam is not against women education.. In Muhammad peace be upon Him’s time there were many educated females..

    She should have stayed in her country & would have fought against it if she was so sincere & loved education.. I hate her coz she is a puppet of america.. I would have loved her if she would have stayed in pakistan..!!

  • For being this honest and sensitive, may you always be blessed and may your voice be heard ever more.

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    • mariam

      I have a feeling you dont hate mala yousafzai humph!

  • Bruce Granofsky

    Beautifully said and thank you.

    • Laura

      I’m a white American woman in Pennsylvania USA who wants to understand what is happening, and to educate myself about the realities of other people’s lives.

      Thank you! This is well done. At first the author sucks us in and makes it sound as if he’s attacking Malala. But then we see that this is a very serious and angry satire. Thank you for telling us some things about what is happening in Pakistan.

      • Well said … at first I did not know what to make out if this article … I have English as a second language and at first I thoght as you did … then I understood this remarkable message.


        Awesome…very well written.. excellent comparison between Aafia Siddiqui (Lady Osama), Benazir Bhutto (politician), and our bold and courageous Malala who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating education and self-advancement…beyond words..

        • Brilliantly written! I had never heard of Khuldune Shahid before an Indian pen-friend sent me the link to this article. Gosh, I expect to learn more about him after this.
          I am an Englishman living in the Caribbean, with my own blog. I could never hope to write like this man. Thank you, Mr Shahid.

        • Maria Fatima Pais

          This touched my heart. Its good to know that someone realises the injustices done to women.

      • White Trash

        First focus on your consumerist imperialist and pretentious society which has in the name of white superiority eliminated every trace of indigenous races in the past! Being pretentiously bothered about the world’s problems is also a denial about what your society has done in the past! All the best to white trash!

      • Me too! and Wow~

  • anon

    Great article written.

    • Ashwin Surendran

      I don’t know if its just me but I find this article strangely sarcastic..

      • rupayan banerjee

        The Hindu, The Dawn leading respectable newspaper from both sides of the border. Find one article and go to its comments. Its fraught with jingoism. Muslims saying hindus are bad and vice versa. And there is an article like this which clearly shows how moronic we have all become. Both sides of the border.
        Fantastic article, Mr. Shahid.
        It was time when someone from across the border told you how powerful your article was.

  • Kasim

    THis post has correct statement. Malala in fact was orchestrated by foreign interests and it takes a fool to not see this when you can obviously see what happened after this fake shooting. If this was real then why does not Obama send his helicopter to rescue other women in Pakistan or ask other women in Pakistan who do good things every day to speak before the world – why Malala, unless she is worked for US?

    Lahore Pakistan

  • Leo Pike

    Those PAKIS are gonna be free even if the rest of the world has to shove freedom down there throat

  • Stephen

    Excellent piece, nicely set up .

  • Amanda

    I truly admire your courage, thought, and honesty. I wish we were all brave enough to examine our own biases.

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  • maria

    Beautifully done.

  • Erum Ranjha

    Well done and well said… Mr. Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

  • Yamema

    This is one beautifully written article. This is exactly my take on the issue.

  • Cashif

    Good and nicely written Kunwar. You beautifully described the common mindset here and really that is the reason for local antagonistic attitude towards the issue. I appreciate you for making us at least realise…….

  • Soham

    Very well written point of view. Liked the way the point was inferred by showing the contrary views and then derived by asking an open question on which one is likely to be easier to follow for people back home. Eye opener – thanks.
    I’m an Indian male with an unbiased view. I have only seen Malala speak on TV. I have to admit her eloquence and clarity of thoughts at that age makes it hard to believe that it is not preconceived and rehearsed. The talks do have a western style rhetoric in them.

    • Sadaf

      I too don’t like her… but i see a Male Chauvinist speaking here!

    • Indrajit

      You’ve got a valid point. Which is why we Indians on this side of the border must also wake up and reject the poison of a siege mentality that’s being spread assiduously, with a hundred different names. We all know who are behind, so there’s no need to take names.

      These forces seem to have an upper hand today, emboldened by electoral windfalls for one of their ilk, backed to the hilt by the ultra-rich, but let us hope this is a passing phase too.

      • Aurobindo Sanyal

        Soham and Indrajit
        I am Indian too. You have not understood anything about the article. It is meant to be a satire.

        • mahmood

          Kunwar Sahib – You are a typical example of a Pakistani with a huge chip on his shoulder. Get a life !

      • Akaula

        Indrajit; Rest assured your sickular ilk is going to be in cold storage for a long time to come. Not because there are counter misogynist in India among those who you are pointing at, but because you are so off the mark, from reality for the same reasons Pakistanis have buried their head in sand. In fact the analogy or parallelism is almost complete between the semi-literate secularist and the Pakistani Jehadis. So enjoy the delusion, as much as they enjoy in Pakistan.

    • sidharth bhan gupta

      Its because she is young does she she has such clarity in thought. Those who have grown up are too imprssed by the way things are in their country that its easier to hate her then to justify her actions to their own views.

  • Ahsan Malik

    What were you doing at the age of 17 other than playing with your penis? Malala has accomplished so much in the past 2 years! Instead of criticizing your fellow Pakistani, commend her on her efforts! It’s because of people like you that our nation is filled with fundamentalists!

    • Nailed it!

    • Kilam Nasha

      It’s satire, you brainless twat. How do you you write a comment without understanding the article?

    • vikas

      Now that’s one comment I was looking for. But so unfortunate people like you are rare.

    • Stig Ludvig

      You have not understood this article

    • Kenneth

      Ahsan, it’s clear that you didn’t “get” the point of the article. He is not criticising her at all. He is deliberately making provocative statements at the beginning, but in the name of irony, to make a greater point. Please carefully read the whole thing from beginning to end. Through the subtle beauty of this writing you will see how it reveals itself to be the exact opposite of criticism.

      • Michael

        In very simple terms, understanding, recognising and embracing your faults is the first and most important step in overcoming them.

    • Justin

      You do realize this is satire, right? That it’s supposed to highlight the difficulties Malala faces in having her cause, no matter how noble, be seriously considered in her own country given the cultural attitudes and inherent privileges of the people who need to realize it the most.

    • Jodie

      This was Satire!! Did you not get that? He was not actually attacking her.

    • rob

      u r way out of line and fail to understand the author’s point of view. I pity you not to appreciate the satire.

    • Asha

      Dear Ahsan,

      In case your comment is about the author of this article, please understand that he is commending her. This is called satire.

    • Cathi

      Did you read the article?

    • Suzanne

      Obviously you did not grasp the article. This is a satire, NOT to be taken literally.

    • Akanksha

      Uhh, ever heard of “satire”?

    • nihal joshi

      It was written in favor of malala, seriously read it again! And get ur temper within ur control gosh!

      • Trina

        yes, even I got really angry with the guy…

        But after I read it over again, I understnd he is actually respecting her virtue 😀

    • zaara

      I guess u did not get his point. He is not criticising Malala.

    • tsk tsk

      you are an illiterate idiot.

      • Pradip Dubhashi

        You hit the nail on the head. And I hope you don’t get a bullet in yours. If you don’t then you have rendered yeoman’s service by getting the patriarchs to move some distance towards liberal or at least an accommodating thought! Lovely piece indeed.

      • partha sarathi roy

        what an article that was…………now,i get what sattires should be like….you rock sir…try to spread your ideas in pakistan also in those “males” and above all…malala is like an angel,fallen in pakistan….lets give proper value to the angel’s tears……..

        • Ishita Gupta

          Brilliant article!!

          • Sabal Ghimire


    • dev

      :)…my dear friend…this is a piece of satire. the author is also thinking the same as you. he is on the right side.

    • Jay LaRock

      Read it again please. I think you may have missed something the first time.

    • Shiva

      What are you saying man? Did you even read the article or you dumb enough not to understand the very powerful satire laid so simply? You dumb fuck go eat a Dick ,it’s on the house!

  • mariam taha

    this comment won’t probably get any attention since i’m apparently a dying breed. but I thought I should have a role in stopping this sexism. first of all I would like you to know that it’s 21st century and a woman’s place is no longer the kitchen and women aren’t inferior to men Mr. Journalist . and I don’t wanna burst your bubble but women aren’t fragile and aren’t dependent on males. you sir are a very retarded person , who will most likely always live “this is a man’s world” life. and for all the ladies out there that find this article good , it’s like a black man is running around telling people that he’s a slave. I expected Pakistanis to be much more broad-minded.

  • ReemaTariq

    Shahid this is THE best article i have read on malala in a long while. Totally sharing it 🙂

  • Love this! And would love to add that when Microsoft certifies our young computer geniuses, we go ballistic, and when a young girl like Malala speaks of trying to change and upgrade the society she belongs to, she is derided, maligned and shot! Hopefully the scales will tilt and more and more Pakistanis will give themselves the pleasure of celebrating their own rather than spurning a much needed national success!

  • Greg

    Well said…However, the fact is that she was just at the right time and the right place in the crossroads of history…

    • Rohit

      @Greg, this right time and right place is way too cliche. Churchil would not have become a Gandhi if he were born in India. There must be a million girls in NW Pakistan, and there were only a handful that Taliban felt pressed enough to target. Sure enough there must be something in this girl that made her go against all adversities just to support education.

      • AADIL

        Dear Mr. Shahid I were at first a bit confused about the article;as it were diverging from the optimisim but the way you expressed your mastery in bringing out the reality ….well done.

    • Mike

      Heroism and bravery, or simply being a victim, are based on how you react to being in the right time and the right place. She refused to be a victim.

  • W Akhtar

    Very powerful and very articulate. Thank You !

  • sohail

    Excellent stuff!! Well done, sir.

  • Harvey Bennett

    Yes, Mr Kunwar, I was suckered! I could feel my blood pressure rising as I started reading your article…..but I continued reading and am so glad that I did. I am so with you on this.
    Best wishes!

  • moray watson

    Brilliant. Could someone please forward a copy to Ben Affleck.

  • fatima godil

    I really appreciate the writer for sharing his wonderful thoughts… Its good to see such courageous people in Pakistan..

  • Atanu

    Pretty good read. And if you have a bodyguard please change him


    • Maheen

      Thank you for this. Bless you!

  • Tufail Khan

    A great piece on the subject. You really exposed all those sick minds around.

  • F

    I’m a Pakistani born American who has lived in the West her whole life. I have mixed feelings about Malala honestly, but I can’t put my finger on it. I don’t have the bias/hangups that someone living in Pakistan would. Maybe I’m looking for realism, yet I see so much pomp surrounding her – be it media, publicity, whatever you want to call it.

    For Pakistanis to remember though is that even behind Malala and who she is, there is a strong progressive man in the shape of her father – so it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand part of why she is who she is. If you hear his TED talk, it gives some insight.

    I look forward to who she has the potential to become if she stays true to herself and what she champions – not what governments or any other special interest want her to be.

  • Priyanka Panvelkar Dalal

    Beautifully.. expressed !

  • Aaryan

    I’ve got two words for you…. thank you.

  • Beautiful!



  • Nick

    I’m from Newfoundland, Canada. I’d like to say that it takes a special kind of courage to stand up and talk about the things in one’s culture, and indeed in one’s self that we feel shame about. To say that these things I grew up believing (and are a part of us) that should change, but nobody wants to change. I refer to both Malala and the author. When everything around you tells you you’re wrong to even thing about change, and all you really want is a positive change. As repression against women continues to rock Pakistan, my own culture upholds ideals of “anything for a dollar”, even to the doom of us all. It’s a struggle for me (not upholding that ideal), as the fearful cannot bare the weight of their own responsibility to the next generations. Courage to stand against one’s own prejudices requires tremendous strength. Thank you.

  • Akshay

    Powerful words.
    We, in the sub continent, seem to have a penchant for all this. A simple exercise of education for everyone would solve so many of our issues but we choose almost anything but that.

  • Randeep

    Really perfectly put. Thanks for sharing

  • G

    Powerful article !!! Admire your honesty & clear presentation. You beautifully described the common mindset here.

  • Azhar Saeed

    Many thanks dear author for representing the ideas of people like me who unfortunately can not express themselves in beautiful words like yours – but they think exactly like you. Allaha krey zor-e-qalam aur ziada.

  • Muhammad Auqil Bhatty

    From the core of my heart, I thank you Kanwar saheb.

  • chhaya

    lethal piece. brilliantly written. loved to know that Malala’s father isn’t only male in Pakistan, there are males like you too.

  • ibiubu

    …I’m a Pakistani American, thanks for an outstanding piece of self realizations. Loved it. Million Dollar question is. .how do we get out of this cess pool??

  • Stephen James

    Well written, sir!

  • Well said… and totally agree with you. Indirectly you brought very good points hope people will wake up…
    thanks for sharing


  • Shusheel Kumar

    Long live Malala and her ideals

  • tracy

    This is beautiful. The world needs more people like you.

  • Diptiman

    You should write more to change perception of an average Pakistani’ s citizen to the outside world

  • Humna

    Very well written! Of all the disturbing unjustified things i have read to date on her, this article is the perfect answer.

  • Jim

    Good satire informs us of the views of those it’s mocking, and so thank you, I now have a much better insight into the general cowardice required behind hating a little girl.

  • PxKohli

    Brilliant!! Tells all across the world why hatred is an emotion that needs to be quickly disregarded… too easy to fall prey to and shamefully shocking and hurtful to those minds who are able see through it. Kudos for this article.

  • Gautam Bharadwaja

    Beautifully written Shahid bhai, my congratulations. It’s sad that the world we live in is so influenced by politicians and their dirty politics. This has only resulted in strife and brother fighting brother without realising who is the beneficiary.

  • anonymous coward

    the fact that in a country some one gets shot because they want an education is enough to say that the state has failed

  • Sumit Katyal

    Brilliantly articulated. And so true. The drift of the blog was a bit fuzzy in the initial few lines, but from then on, your thoughts just soared. Thank you so much for the share. Your writing focuses the spotlight on the challenges in our part of the woods. In India while we celebrated Kailash Satyarthi, no one but a few actually knew who he was. The Peace Prize puts into a harsh glare a lot of our inadequacies. But it also gives hope that courage exists amongst us. The onus is on us to find it.

  • Madhusudana Rao Tallapragada

    It’s good to see such courageous people in Pakistan.

  • Wow! This is the best article I have read on this issue. Thank you!

  • This is brilliant! This is published on an exmuslim website. Are you exmuslim?

    • No, The editors of this blog had asked Kunwar’s permission to publish the piece. He has no other relationship with EXMNA or Ex-Muslims

  • abeera shah

    Its just a political game other wise Malala didn’t do any thing which benefit our country. She and her fellows in swat find difficulty in gaining education because of those who gave her the so called prize. USA is the main reason of terrorism and unrest in Pak and along with israel and india they are funding their own created taliban. That why Malala’s friends can’t go to school. Think deep !

  • Dr Rajeev Dutt

    I am Indian I can understand where you are coming from, as our situation is also more or less same except that due to education and secularism we are getting better gradually.
    But basically ours is also a misogynist society, only way out is education.
    God bless you both and congratulations to Malala and whole Pakistan.
    May your society rediscover the your true old culture soon.

  • ani

    I really enjoyed to read this, thank you.

  • Ankita Mohapatra

    Beautifully written… 🙂

  • Vikas

    Well said, Mr Kunwar. Exemplary courage shown by the lady. Salute to her parents for her beautiful upbringing.

  • Curtis Kelly

    I loved this piece. It is not pure truth nor pure satire. Like all things in the real world it contains both simultaneously. Lovely.

  • Lill Futrell

    The tragic truth.

  • kashyap

    Nice to see a Muslim and especially a Pakistani Muslim write this. Hope you are able to spread your views to your fellow countrymen and pray that you can convince them too. Maybe you should make a trip to India as well cause I see Indian Muslims going the other way nowadays.. May the almighty be with you and bless you…

    • Vidya

      Such perfectly written articles are not easy to find. Thank you!

      • Bikramadittya

        Just Brilliant! Take a bow!

      • This was amazing. I had tears in my eyes.

  • Wow! What a way of developing it all! Great!

  • I wonder why hardly anybody in Pakistan commented on this article. Does the local media have the freedom to do or will they be charged with blasphemy!

    • partha sarathi roy

      correct..good observation……..

  • Harry

    Very well articulated. A good read

  • mehreen

    Agree…with everything said in this article except ‘The religion I follow is inherently misogynistic’.
    Lets be clear about this….muslim society these days are inherently misogynistic, not Islam itself. After all if Hazrat Ayesha could lead a war, why cant women today drive a car?! Thats a failure of us as muslims, not of Islam as a religion.

    • Lionking

      Well said mehreen … I agree that the religion itself is not at fault, was never at fault… it is a section of that religion (such sections are there in every religion as well) who have misinterpreted the holy sayings to their own advantage to drive their own, at times, viscious propaganda!

    • partha sarathi roy

      think that way….good for you…..but when a pathology is so chronic for so many years…its like seeing a coin’s two side…..the bad side is what whole world see i guess….but its the same coin though…..

    • partha sarathi roy

      well put mehreen……….but when the pathology is so chronic for so many years….its like seeing a coin from two sides….i think most of the world see the worst one…and its the same coin…i dont know….may be i am wrong but i find islam and muslims same………..

  • Nivedita Ghosh

    Completely admire your courage. That was brilliant !

  • Susan Tyler

    Excellent, Excellent, Execellent! Your beautifully written article has reduced this African American woman to tears.

  • Siddharth

    Very well written! India also faces these societal misgivings. It will take time for us to drag everyone out of it. All it needs is for us to support what is right.

  • Mike

    Very well said. Thanks.

  • Ajoy Ghosh

    Terrific! Hats off to Mr.Shahid.

  • Wow… what an interesting way to write! Loved it…

  • Mihir

    Brilliant, brilliant satire. Thanks so much.

  • shreya.mukta

    And for each time someone does hate Malala, there is a feminist somewhere laughing out loud!

  • Rishi Raj Rastogi

    Beautifully stated. Not sure how this is received within your country given the reasons you have quoted yourself.
    I am sure there are many more like you who are trying in their own ways to bring the much needed change.
    Cheers to your efforts.

    • just a pakistani girl

      This is a powerful message you have published. But let me ask you why do all men think the way you do. I have seen what men from Pakistan think and feel that every women should be in the kitchen and take care of their husbands and children. I am a Pakistani girl who lived there till I was 13 then I was taken away from there because it was not safe for me. Since I have lived abroad all Pakistani men have asked me to marry or basically expected me to stay home and take care of kids and them. I am so proud to be who I am and where I am now. You say all this but no man has stood up for our country you speak about hating someone may be you need to stop hating a little girl who is so young who doesn’t even know what this crazy world has in store for her and start gathering real men to protect our country. You only say this because in our country no women has the right to stand up or fight. Every women who has tried to fight for our country has been killed or harmed or threatened and you have this odasity to publish why you hate a little child. What ever this little girl has been through no one knows but she got out of Pakistan so fast what ever it was she was blessed or maybe a lesson to be learned. We all believe in one god and I say god did this so don’t condemn her because no man in our country is brave enough or strong enough to stand up to what is happening there! Stop blaming others and start defending your own country! Be proud of where your from!! Pakistan can be a beautiful and prosperous country if the right people stood up for our country! By reading what you wrote hurts me so much to say all you men from there think the same! I’m ashamed to say that you are Pakistani !!!

  • Paul

    Symbol of strenght and courage

  • MJ Abedin

    If Malala is CIA agent then what about Pakistani Military!!! They are the fourth class agent, Pak government is the third class agent, Political parties & so called elites second class agent of a failing country Pakistan. Malala stood first!! You people are no where, even not in the hell!!!!!

    • Tin

      While I was reading this, I thought at first, “Is he serious?”, and then as I read on and checked out the comments, I appreciate now just how well-written and clever this is. Amazing.

  • Bibin Philips

    Excellent piece. From the soul.

  • Baber

    powerful satire.. hypocrisy exposed.. in the mold of John Stewart

  • It’s just WOW! Amazing!

  • Sunil

    Excellent !!

  • Akhil

    Well, I do understand whatever you have stated. Though I have one doubt: shouldn’t your hatred be against those western countries which made malala what she is rather than against her, who was may be a mere puppet in their arms, who played to their whims without the slightest doubt that she was being tricked. She being brought up in quite a moderate family, may not know of the falsity of the words that these great leaders of the west speak of.

  • Bonnie

    Kudos on a brilliantly written and most timely piece.

  • Ben

    There was an appalling piece on a right-wing US site written by someone in London (I am not going to drive any traffic to it) that mean, spiteful and frankly pathetic. This, by contrast, was beautifully written, passionate, articulate and informed. Thank you.

  • Mick Par

    Malala is a CIA asset who was not shot in the head.

  • Max

    “How can I accept Malala to be a hero, when her speeches do not have any Islamic or nationalistic agenda? How can I consider her to be my future leader when nothing she says or does imbues a false sense of superiority in me as a Muslim or a Pakistani? ”

    We all respect her because she’s more human than a Muslim or Pakistani.

  • kumar

    I hope no one shoots you….though if you turn out into another Malala I would salute you.

  • Beautifully said. Very strong words.
    People are waking up gradually. Such journalists are the torch bearers.

  • d n dhanuka

    Sorry to misjudge u in middle but what u said really ranged a bell in head …………why do we so hate malala bcoz we just belive in what just taught to us, we r so afraid to change, even when part of ours buried in deep can say right to wrong.

  • manas

    Nicely done. Thank you…

  • tapaswini mohanty

    I am an Indian woman and I truly salute you for your thoughts.
    The article would have fetched so many people towards it who might be hating Malala; but then they would have realized the sacrifices done by a mother and a sister.
    After all we all have been sent to the earth by some supreme power in an equal way, then why this injustice to women?

  • Sagar Srivastava

    A very subtle and strong piece of work. And your English usage is impeccable. But more than that, this article shouts for a change in your country (and in that case, in all those areas where patriarchal societies still exist). Brilliant !

  • Yogini Gawali

    Dat just punched into my stomach.

    Hats off to you!

    Good job!

  • Mayuresh pratap

    This one is really beautifully written. Initially it was like the same old mind set ideology of male dominant society, but as the post goes on, the real essence comes out very boldly and openly.
    Awesome, I just loved reading this post.

  • prem sharma

    why are you pointing malala instead of u have lots of work to do as change & dont be a coward , DONT THINK ABOUT WHAT NATION DID FOR U THINK WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THE NATION.

  • Susan Hicks

    Well done.

  • Ram Gopal

    Hats Off Bro. I Am from India and Trust Me… All of My Friends Who Read Your Article, Loved It.

    Just Waiting for the Day, When We Can Love Each Other as Human Beings and Not Worry about the Religion or Country and Respect Women and Consider them Equally in our Society.

  • Somnath Mazumdar

    Hi Kunwar, I believe Pakistan as a nation should unite with an awakening to a new morning….thus turning away from all dogma and false belief and take a step towards a sunshine which will give Pakistan a new vision of life and equality. Great insight Kunwar. Wish you all the best !!!

  • Siddhartha Mitra

    Hats off, Kunwar !
    May Malala and people like you win the battle for Pakistan’s soul : all best !

  • Kathy

    It is easy to hate her because she is living in the safety of an “enemy” country being celebrataed while millions of girls like her are fighting with the fundos who shot Malal and have no say either locally or globally because drones are killing them and so are Taliban, but only the killings of Taliban make headlines, drones only do “collateral damage”.

  • mustafa

    a perspective of a “true” pakistani? no , i myself believe that she is given a great name to pak. previously, west only believed that pak was an illiterate country and pakistanis felt nothing about that . but now, they no that such behabiour is unacceptable to pakis . plus, the writer inflicts upon us and presents his story on the sentence that she made the bullet hit her herself . y would a teenager do that . think before u write fake paki

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    • mastmaker

      Bravo, sir. You know how to kick your peers in the shin, so they realize their folly. Wish I had a pen as sharp as yours.

    • Anza

      Man, what a satisfaction!. I have been doing extensive research regarding Malala Yousafzai, and how she is being staged on a global platform to highlight problems of our country that are non-existent and illogical. After reading your opinion about this I have more reasons to believe in the duality of this young girl we call malala. Thank you for sharing this. Having a vision is a blessing, be wise!

  • Himani

    You are a genius to have written such a fine article . I wish everyone realizes the root cause of poverty and suffering in Islamic world and do educate their kids and make them fine human beings . What so ever is written in religious books of all religions could have been need of the day in ancient times but certainly not now.. It is high time all religions work for a more humane society and stop this bloodshed which is creating orphans and widows and aggravating hatred and giving rise to a vicious circle of hate and revenge killings.

  • Indhu

    Wonderfully written. I wish Pakistan had more men like you who are able to step out of the usual to criticize chauvinism .

  • trisha

    written so nicely that I am still in a dilemma , is that a sattire or true reflections 😛

  • S

    I want to respect you for your writing skills and plain honesty, but it is just so sad that you and many others brought up like you would rather live in denial of the bad effects of being brought up in a misogynist society instead of being able to respect an individual’s right. I also feel bad for your ideals that you would rather not learn the right thing but be at peace at what has been done as part of a so called culture just because it is easier to do so. It takes guts for someone to stand up for the right thing. And thoughts like this are exactly the reason we still have reasons to stand up against.

  • aysha

    Very well written article, a slap on all those narrow minded people with a tubular vision. Great work friend.

  • Jack

    So it sounds like what you’re saying is, since you and all other Pakistani people are cowards, she MUST actually be a coward too. Surely a young girl couldn’t be less cowardly than grown men?

    This is quite insulting to all Pakistanis. Do you truly believe the entire country is that cowardly and unintelligent?

  • Z.B

    Read your excellent article and I cried. I read the comments and I cried some more! People from all corners of the world who understood the points you made, sincerely admire your mental agility, your writing style and your sentiments, myself included of course. Of late, I have been tourturing myself thinking about what would become of Pakistan when all those millions of boys going to the Madrassas graduate and come of age? Please allay my fears kunwar, tell of a scenario……. that is of a progressive Pakistan with peace and equality for all, while all those millions of grown-up boys are running around every where in the country .Can you conjure up something? I, in the name of The Greate Power, can not. Untill they can clone millions of you and send them far and wide in Pakistan. Thank you for being you!

  • Anna S.

    This was a wonderful piece simultaneously illustrating and decrying cultural and political misogyny and chauvinism of all kinds.

    A pity some people in this thread have entirely missed the point, and attacked you for “hating Malala.”

    It seems both U.S. and Pakistani educational systems are lacking in the ability to teach critical thinking skills, and the ability to recognize irony and satire as literary devices.

    Again, GREAT piece, worthy of extensive sharing.

  • Soumitra De

    It is excellent to see from the comments that people from different cross section of the global society think alike, think positive , think progressively. Those who misunderstood the Kunwars satire are also of same mindset.

    Doesn’t this lead to global fraternity ?



    • Adnan Qalbani

      Genius piece. The fact that a handful of the commenters didn’t understand that it was ironic, only speaks to its brilliance. The writing committed to the ironic narrative and the winks to the readers were such that those living in the bubble would miss them!

  • Well articulated satire on the phenomena of collective denial, blind hypocrisy, dehumanizing humanity, specially women by a hand full of self proclaimed custodians of a social order that is designed to control the lives of others to serve the exploiters, that demads complete submission and blind compliance and any question asked is answered not by reason but bullet, violance and extreme brutality. It is almost impossible and futile to make any sensible discussion on this subject as other half of the audience knows not the language of reasoning. They only understand thelanguage of gun which they use liberally when needed.

  • muhammad mujtaba masood

    I am glad that i read your article. It is simply WOW. I am 17 so is Malala and I seriously wish to do something extraordinary for my country as Malala did. I am seriously inspired by your words. knowing that you are Pakistani gives me even more pleasure. And I am happy that peoples of the world admiring you for your writing. Special love to Indians who admired you alot. “One pen,one child, one teacher” can change the world..this is what malala used to say i wanna add something in this saying “AND 10 TO 20 PEOPLE LIKE KUNWAR CAN CHANGE THE PAKISTAN”. love you and keep the good up always.

  • Abhilash Dhar

    I do not know why you think that such sensational sarcasm is necessary throughout the text. Maybe that is how you write. Sure, that’s your way. But sarcasm has contempt inherently enshrined, something which is not overly helpful for persuasion. I agree with your views but anyone cannot be convinced with such brutal attacks on their beliefs, correct or wrong as they may be.
    If your purpose was to probe how many people agree, or make people aware of the situation, your discourse is laudable. However, of the purpose of making people see your view? It might not be that successful. Just my scrutiny.
    Then again, that’s my way.

  • Mir

    Shame on those who thinks she is a CIA person, she stood up for her rights and now helping Pakistan in a way by opening up school for girls. Nothing wrong in that at all, you should be happy that Pakistan gets acknowledgment for having someone brave like Malala, there are not many sportsman, politicians etc who Pakistan is proud of. Do we have people “living” of whom we are proud of? all our Heros are dead. Malala does not represent Pakistan but yes she is one person who does, she represents Pakistan in a good way.

    Do you know how does it feel like for people to stare at you after they ask where you are from and think you are a muslim therefore you are a terrorist? do you know the feeling of that? live Outside Pakistan and then you will know. But when you talk about a positive side then it shuts up people. Again, I cannot change view of people who thinks negative about Pakistan or Positive about Pakistan and same about countries about pakistan but do hear the stories of common people living in and outside Pakistan.

    Malala is a hero of pakistan. What she is and not, noboby knows but Allah. So leave it like that!
    Funny how Pakistanis are the only people who thinks she is a CIA person and blah blah, she is loved by many many and many people outside of Pakistan, including India.

    She survived a bullett or not, go ask Allah first how she survived? how the hell do you know that she was not shot? were you there?

  • Mir

    Love the article.

    To those who hates Malala, this message is for them

    Shame on those who thinks she is a CIA person, she stood up for her
    rights and now helping Pakistan in a way by opening up school for girls.
    Nothing wrong in that at all, you should be happy that Pakistan gets
    acknowledgment for having someone brave like Malala, there are not many
    sportsman, politicians etc who Pakistan is proud of. Do we have people
    “living” of whom we are proud of? all our Heros are dead. Malala does
    not represent Pakistan but yes she is one person who does, she
    represents Pakistan in a good way.

    Do you know how does it feel
    like for people to stare at you after they ask where you are from and
    think you are a muslim therefore you are a terrorist? do you know the
    feeling of that? live Outside Pakistan and then you will know. But when
    you talk about a positive side then it shuts up people. Again, I
    cannot change view of people who thinks negative about Pakistan or
    Positive about Pakistan and same about countries about pakistan but do
    hear the stories of common people living in and outside Pakistan.

    • Zarrar Mehmood

      Well said mir. But it is a fact too that west is biased and take advantage of people and situations like this. When Boris Pasternek wrote Dr. Zhivago, all the west applauded that he maligned Russian society and nominated him for noble prize in best book written in literature. But he declined and refused to take noble prize which comes with a tag of 1 million $ check too. He said that I won’t side with west by accepting noble prize. He said that we do have problems in our society but I won’t allow west to make fun of us and propagate and run their own agendas. So we have to keep an eye on the agenda of West too. I agree that Malala did the right thing by standing against the oppressors, and that is Islamic thing to do.

      • i may be mistaken, but i think your mentality is exactly the mentality to which this article alludes.

        • 51Steve

          I dont think you are mistaken. I actually think its worse. I think that writer was deliberately saying false hoods.

      • 51Steve

        This is so false in details, I cant take time to give all the details. I will instead post relevant URLs. This is a very brief account. Pasternak was a well known writer in USSR, but his work was not approved highly by Communist Party. In 1957, he completed his greatest work, Dr. Zhivago. He knew Communist Party USSR would not allow it to be published, and so he smuggled it to Italy, where a publisher lived who was himself Italian communist. Even there, Italian Communist Party was told to remove the editor from party membership, and they did, but he still published it. Soon, it was published all over the world, in many languages. Communists did not like it because of true things it said about Bolshevik revolution. This was not really major, so Pasternak offered to remove that from a Russian edition, but Communist Party USSR still said no.
        Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize, 1958 for Dr. Zhivago. When he received notice of winning from Nobel Committee, he replied, said he was very honored and overjoyed. The Communist Party officials visited him immediately (next day) and told him to turn it down. He refused to turn it down, saying he didn’t care if they killed him, he would still laccept. He also said, he did not want the money, and said he would donate that to a charity. Shortly after that, the Communist Party arrested his longtime live-in lover, told her they were going to send her to the Gulags, the concentration camps in Siberia where they sent all dissident intellectuals (e.g., Solzhenytsin) in those days if they wanted to punish them. She asked Pasternak to turn down the Nobel Award because she was being sent away. He agreed because of her request, and he knew she would be in danger in the Gulags. He was told that if he went to Sweden to accept the award, USSR would not allow him back into USSR. Because of threat to his lover of his lifetime and threat to not allow him readmission, he did not go. Nobel Committee still told him, you are yet awarded, even though you must turn down the award, we understand. They did not award the prize to any other author. Even though he declined the award as the Communist Party demanded, the Party writers union kicked him out and were threatening to deport him. With involvement of the Indian premier, Jawaharal Nehru, Kruschev, head of USSR, ordered party officials to reinstate Pasternak, if he signed a bunch of bullshit papers. He did not draft the papers, but he did agree to sign them. Pasternak died shortly after. In 1989, his son was given the Nobel Award on behalf of his father.
        Your account is not only full of many errors, it does not even mention a motive similar to Malalas motives. Malala was not definitively treated for her brain injuries by Pak medical providers. She was taken, free of any obligation, to US and received surgery. Many things you say are very provocative. Your account of Pasternak is outrageously false, by everyones account. The lower URL is to a Pravda article by Pasternaks son. Youre even wrong on what may have been objected to in Dr. Zhivago. It has NOTHING to do with USSR society, Russian people. Your statement that the west takes advantage of people or situations shows insulting disrespect for the people who saved Malalas life, and who restored her cognitive ability. Are you so ignorant as to not know, She was shot in cold blood ONLY because she wished to attend school? Her father was an educator. West does not need to take advantage of anything with Malala. She has the desire to be educated. Finally, the most confused statement you make is to say that standing against what you call the oppressors is the Islamic thing to do. Now when you say the oppressors, you can only mean the Taliban, so why dont you say it? Are you afraid? You dont have as much courage as Malala? But see, the Taliban ARE muslims, they profess to all that they are enforcing Islamic ways, when they shot Malala in the head. And in fact, as you know very well, for girls to be educated in many Islamic countries is prohibited. Now, is that western bias? What the hell do westerners care whether girls, women, are discriminated against or not? We have no reason to be biased. It is ONLY because so many Islamic females beg for help, get their noses cut off, acid in their face, you are the one who distorts the truth, and this is contrary to the interest of Malala and all oppressed Islamic women. No, I did not say all Islamic women are oppressed, many many are.

      • Thomas Moloian

        hey muslim terrorist, get our of my america you traitor and stay out fuckhead asshole!

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      • jim becks

        It’s elementary grammar

  • It has taken me a year to find and read this wonderful article. Whilst I regret not finding it earlier, it has been a thoroughly worthwhile wait.

    Gratefully envious of your use of satire.

    Are we close to a tipping point in the development of our arguments and our use of words? Perhaps. Perhaps I’ve just had a personal revelation in my own use of words.

    Either way, I feel of late that the mind-numbing frustration caused by the debate-ending use of the term ‘Islamophobia’ is falling away. It is great to be able to answer the accusation with the words, “I support Muslims”, Teen Muslims, Gay Muslims, Feminist Muslims, Trans Muslims, Ex-Muslims, Reformist Muslims, Muslims whose lives have been affected by the impositions of sharia law or sharia courts. I have no irrational fear of these Muslims. I have no fear of these Muslims at all. It is these Muslims that give me hope for the future of our world. It is these Muslims that are deserving of our support and respect rather than their oppressors and abusers.

    Anyway, thanks again, brilliant article.


  • Hazem Bayado

    “The thought rips the bigoted, discriminatory and misogynistic
    ideals that I’ve grown up with, into tiny little shreds” — Good!

    Great article, many Muslim countries need their own Malalas!

    I have my reservations on the “The religion I follow is inherently misogynistic”, but that is a different discussion, still a great article!

  • 51Steve

    Incredibly powerful post, Kunwar. So compelling. Literarily, just brilliant. I spent several hours watching Rushdie and Hitchens talks earlier. If ever a muslim writer could eclipse the trivial in Salmans work, you did, my brother, you did. Someone please send this to Mr. Rushdie so he can appreciate current trends in Pak literature.
    Most of all, truth. I study defense mechanisms, often there is little that can so much emblazen the truth as a detailed explication of denial. You do this masterfully. Projection, another defense, your Pak-Man projects his self hatred all over Malala so that, as you say, you dont have to see it in the mirror. Your essay is a pedagogical gem in the demo of psychological defense mechnisms.
    Here’s the thing. Muslim men are not unique in struggling to salvage a few ounces of self esteem in an era in which evolutionarily selected determinants of masculinity are more and more marginalized. The problem for muslims is that it is more extreme. This is because, no matter how revisions of scriptural interpetation are spun, privilege for masculinity is more prominent in muslim scriptures than in the Bible, or in Hindu sacred texts, for that matter. And even more, western cultural, literary, scientific, artistic, theological, and even military advances, having left Islam in the dust five centuries ago, at the same time, are all bi-gendered to a degree that far surpasses Islamic arts and sciences, still stuck in the middle ages. I smile everytime jihadis refer to western military as crusaders, the icons of Christian masculinity. At most, maybe 50% of Murican or Brit soldiers would pass muster as Christians, more and more avowed secularists. But much more to the point, the drones that terrorize both targets and collaterals in Pak-Tali land or Yemen are in fact flown and fired by female computer jockey pilots, ensconced for the days kill in an air conditioned office in a Nevada desert. She drives home after an 8 hour shift. She might have a date or a girls night out. She might hurry home to make the kids’ dinner, or just go visit with her mom, leaving the charred bodies to bleed out, the fragments of human extremities for the insects to recycle, and the cars or ancient hand made shelters burning in rubble. Bitch got no balls, my brother Kunmar. She dont need them. And shes horribly lethal. And shell be back at work at 6am tomorrow morning. And shes pretty much guiltless, having done it hundreds of times before. But just in case she feels a twinge of, hmm, not even guilt but, maladjustment, lets say, she has a fleet of shrinks, trained in the treatment of militarily incurred psychological problems at the finest psych teaching institutions in the world, just in case she feels like she may need to talk to someone. Its a girl thing, you know my brother? Then again, their PK sisters specialize in killing ISIS male fighters, an event which, as we are told, ISIS theology interprets as barring them from paradise. No warrior can go to paradise if hes been killed by a bitch. This is apparently functionally equivalent to slicing his balls off. Then theres the myth of the 20+ virgins to be assigned to shihadis for that most ultra-masculine task of blowing ones self into irretrievable fragments. Telling this childish myth to anyone as an inducement to be a human bomb is so cowardly, so sissified, so exploitative of the jihadis own soldiers, so much the far opposite of bravery, its something that no man would do, thats for sure. Is this what muslim masculinity has come to? No wonder muslim men come to hate my lil sister, Malala. Yes, she is more the little sis of this Christian than she is a member of the tribe of Talis who tried to take her out. Lets not distort that. I dont mean Malala is in any degree Christian. I mean she submitted to the truth and to reality, but those Talis are so deluded as to their ordinary identity that theyre buried in psychopathology.

    Now its clear why bin Ladin and all the other Islamic jihadis call us crusaders. Its not to offend us. In fact, it has little directly to do with the jihadis western opponent Its rather an effort to sustain the psychotic, identity delusion that the jihadis are really fighting Christian warriors whose intent, at any rate, is to be just as much a man as is the jihadi, but who fails in this masculine assignment. They call us crusaders because they need to believe that our criteria for manhood are the same as theirs, but that we crusaders just dont quite meaure up. They need to be shariah compliant-men, because otherwise the male privilege they claim as specified in the Qur’an, which was dictated verbatim to the Prophet, under inspiration of Allah, i.e., otherwise that privilege is undeserved, stolen, really. If they are not Shariah certified masculine, then they are not qualified to take captured girls as slaves, not qualified to beat their so-called wives, not qualified to have their word in court compared to the word of two women, not qualified for countless advantages they have over females. And so, they have come to be afflicted by this psychosis, yet another dimension of which is if you say it, then its true. If they call us crusaders, then we really are crusaders, noble, aspiring to manhood in every way just as much as is the jihadi aspiring to manhood, but sad for us crusaders, we, they must believe, are insufficiently manly in our efforts to out-man them. And the more they repeat the delusion, the harder it becomes to recover.

    As I read your piece, Im listening to an Egyptian woman explaining how muslim women are more and more the breadwinners of the home. They are increasingly the providers and the protectors of the kids, which means the family. But that is supposedly the role of the masculine jihadi. Now, they could do this task of providing and protecting if they could be educated as kids, if they could drive, not need permission to go out the home. And its inevitable that no matter how many are stoned to death, no matter how many of their noses are snipped, faces disfigured by acid, these muslim girls and women will keep coming. Theyll keep rising. Muslim men should not believe their own bullshit, dont take medieval science as valid, its just not true that courage is determined by masculinity of the reproductive organs. Those females will keep coming, while ignorant muslim males will continue being more and more psychotic. Malala is rising, and she and her sisters shall keep on rising, but the Taliban who shot her are paradigmatic illustrations of the sad state to which Muslim masculinity has been reduced. I could say muslim men are pussies, but thats not the relevant terminology any more. Sadly, however, muslim men are increasingly pretenders, deluded, as if chopping off a head or setting someone on fire or stoning them killed them more than conventional execution. Malala is rising, and the jihadis are melting, and the only real way to change that is to radically reform Islamic beliefs and practices, even if many jihadis are toting AKs for ISIS. Theres little so degrading, so evocative of pity, and yet so very self destructive and irreversibly destructive as a man who participates in his own emasculation. Muslim men have no other choice, they are stuck in this, until and unless the reform muslim doctrine in ways that define masculinity in ways that are real, respectful of both themselves and of muslim women.

  • 51Steve

    This is really the big challenge, and we cannot give up. Paks deserve far better. Things have gotten worse over 15 years in Pakistan, not better. But it can be turned around.

  • Thomas Moloian

    tell this fucking 15 yr old piece of radical muslim terrorist shit to fuck off and kiss my christian ass! she’s and outside like the fucking asshole like the former president of mexico, both maggot asshole shitheads! she sucks muslim dicks and kisses terrorists asses! she doesn’t even remember the late benazir bhutto does she. bhutto was a courageous woman who fought for pakistanis freedom and was assassinated by one of her husbands radical henchmen.

    so tell this little bitch to shut her little big mouth and keep out of our politics!


  • Thomas Moloian

    she can kiss my american ass!

  • Thomas Moloian






  • Really well written, I didn’t know what to expect from the title.

    • Ana Desetnica

      Thanks for recommending it!

  • Ana Desetnica

    Thank you!!!! Just don’t sign your posts like that please!!! It’s dangerous!!!!!

  • Ana Desetnica

    If that’s what you read in his post, than there is only one unintelligent around! You! Ever heard of sarcasm?????

  • john smith

    malalas dad was a marxist that pushed her into education and blogging, he even valued her over her brothers. so yes u can link her to her dad. her mom is probably a typical pakistani mom.

  • sam_a

    brilliant! love your thinking … you must have known that lots of people would misunderstand! très bien fait!



  • Sarah

    Awesome man…u nailed it
    I think u should add something to it…about the APS students….they were the real fighters and are still studying in the same school unlike malala who left this country.

  • DannyJane

    Word to the Author: Congratulations on growing up!

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  • 8ball

    I love humour but I do not think there is anything humorous about Islam. For the sake of peace and progress we need to find a peaceful way to stop its advance. I support Muslim apostasy but I don’t think sarcasm is helpful. I hope that does not make me sound like the humourless man who ordered the killing of a young Female Jewish poet about 1400 years ago for mocking him.

  • Andrew

    Amazing article. Provocative title, nuance of click-bait is lost on some. It could be a language barrier but then it also happens a lot on Breitbart too, with the Christians in the States. As an ex-muslim, canadian Trump supporter, living in a hard left Canada – I’m glad I found this site today.

  • John Hopkins

    Satirical though this is, it does make you think about just why the West made such as fuss about the girl… as if there were not plenty of ills in the West to be fixed before the West starts moralizing about the rest of the world.

  • Clotilde Barberon

    Absolutely got me confused until the end!! I wasn’t sure what I was reading, now I get it! Really well written!!

  • Lorie P.

    Enjoyed the article . Agreed with much of it. My Ex. is Pakistani .There is something about Malala that just doesn’t resonate with me .From the very beginning , her whole story did not seem genuine or authentic. Has anyone looked at Malala hands when waving ? Please google images of Malala’s hands. Those are hands of …a male . Ring finger slightly longer than the Index Finger. Male. Why has this not been brought up before?

    • JennyJenkins

      My ring finger is considerably longer than my index finger. My grandmother says this means my head rules my heart.

  • Patch

    It’s all well and good the author acknowledging his country’s many many many many =deep breath= many many many faults. However, one thing he says that I take issue with:

    “The religion I follow is inherently misogynistic. The society I live in is quintessentially patriarchal. And I’m supposed to manifest ideals of gender equality and women empowerment out of the blue?”

    So how long do Muslims need to accept that women are not slaves and pets? A few more years? Decades? By then the Muslim world will be on the brink of war with the non-Muslim world who are becoming increasingly liberal.

  • Soumyakanti Chakraborty

    Amazing stuff! The way he uses satire and sarcasm is unique.

  • douglas gray

    This is a nice satire piece, but it illustrates a sad truth. When you follow a bad religion that produces an inferior culture, you resent being told so. You have a secret inferiority complex, and that is where the hatred and intolerance springs from. You can’t stand to admit that others are smarter than you, and have better choices available to them. This is especially true of stupid, uneducated men who are humiliated by women who are smarter than they are. They just can’t stand it.

    In terms of higher states of consciousness and mystical insight, Rabia was far superior to Mohammed the founder of the faith, but try telling that to any Imam and he will foam at the mouth.

  • Faisal

    Brilliant article.