‘I stand with the people of Kashmir’ says Malala Yousafzai

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai urged India, Pakistan and the UN “to work together with utmost urgency to right the wrongs” in Kashmir, and provide Kashmiris with “the dignity, respect and freedom they deserve”.

“The Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights. They should live free of fear and repression,” Malala said in a meeting in Islamabad, as reported by Daily Times.

“I stand with the people of Kashmir,” she added. “My 14 million Kashmiri sisters and brothers have always been close to my heart.”

She added, “I call on the UN, the international community, India and Pakistan to work together with utmost urgency to right these wrongs, providing the people of Kashmir with dignity and the freedom they deserve.”

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Referring to the conflict between Indian and Pakistani forces, she went on to add that there was need for peace in the region

She explains that the curfews put to bring the situation under control actually hamper children’s education as the schools are shut during this time and they cannot go and study there.

“I stand with the people of Kashmir,” said Malala who contends that her heart has always felt close to her 14 million sisters and brothers living in Kashmir.

The Nobel Laureate has been a champion of education. She became world famous when she was shot by the taliban forces for standing up for educating the girl child. Now a citizen of England, she is now attached to various programmes that educate children and especially girls.

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