When gun-toting men stopped their school wagon in Mingora last Tuesday around 12.45 p.m. asking for Malala Yousafzai, none of the three girls inside spoke. This, despite the terrorists threatening to shoot all of them if they did not identify Malala. Today, stirred by the braveheart who dared to stand up to the Taliban and her friends, Shazia and Kainat, who refused to identify her even under threat, girls across Pakistan are saying ‘I am Malala.’This is happening not just on the social media – which offers a degree of anonymity and security – but on television and on the streets; some with their faces uncovered. ‘I-am-Malala’ has been trending not just in Pakistan but also in Afghanistan where girls’ education is equally at risk from the very same elements.On Saturday, the Afghanistan Education Ministry organised a nationwide prayer for her at schools in solidarity with Malala. She is being likened to ‘Malalai of Maiwand,’ the ‘Afghan Joan of Arc’ who rallied the Pashtun army against the British in 1880.http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/unfazed-by-taliba...This brave young girl will go down in history, while the Taliban go to the trash heap.Peter
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