On Monday, The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (AAPSF) revolted against the 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai with orchestrated press conferences, seminars and marches under the name of “I Am Not Malala,” an angry-spin on “I Am Malala” slogan that was meant to encourage the improvement of women’s and children’s rights worldwide, and especially in Yousafzai’s native Pakistan.
The AAPSF, who currently represents 150,000 schools, are accusing Yousafzai of offending the traditional customs and religion of Islam with memoir I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, and “support” of author Salman Rushdie, whose been charged with claims of “anti-Islamic content” in his book The Satanic Verses.
The AAPSF found this disgraceful as a Pakistani woman on top of her status as an global activist. The sympathy for Rushie likely derived from Yousafzai being shot in the head by the same Taliban group in 2012.
In a statement, Mirza Kashif Ali, the president of AAPSF, exclaimed it was “clear that Malala has nexus with Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin, and also has alignment with Salman Rushdie’s ideological club. We severely condemned the chapter of the book in which Salman Rushdie’s book has been mentioned as freedom of expression by Malala while referring to father’s views.”
Yousafzai hasn’t responded to the protest, and outside of her native has remained a beacon of international feminism to many young women.