Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is ready to consider co-winner Kailash Satyarthi as her ‘father’ but when arch-rivals Pakistan and India face-off on the cricket ground, she is very clear whom to support.
“Only thing in which I do not support India is cricket match, other than that I am totally with India,” 17-year-old Malala, said during an event here in the Norwegian capital.
Describing Malala, was shot in the head and nearly killed by the Taliban in 2012 for fighting for the rights of girls to education, as his daughter, Satyarthi, 60, had said she was the bravest child one can think of.
In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Satyarthi had said that unprecedented violence could be suicidal for humankind.
“Yet, young people like Malala, are rising up everywhere and choosing peace over violence, tolerance over extremism, and courage over fear.”
In her acceptance speech, Malala said, “I am honoured to receive this award together with Kailash Satyarthi, who has been a champion of children’s rights for a long time. Twice as long, in fact, than I have been alive. I am also glad that we can stand together and show the world that an Indian and a Pakistani can be united in peace and together work for children’s rights.”
Malala, the youngest Nobel laureate ever, today called on Norway’s woman Prime Minister Erna Solberg, a day after she and Satyarthi were presented the prestigious award.
During a press conference after her meeting, Malala saidshe could see herself becoming Pakistan prime minister in about 20 years.
“I want to help my country, I want my country to go forward and I’m really patriotic,” she said.
“That’s why I decided that I’d join politics and maybe one day people will vote for me and I get the majority, I’ll become the prime minister,” she said when asked about her future, including her political ambitions.
Malala said Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistan prime minister, who was assassinated by terrorists in 2007 was her inspiration.
“She is an example … giving this message that women can go forward because in some communities women are not supposed to go forward and become a prime minister,” Malala said.