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Pak, UN launch global ‘Malala’ war chest for girls’ education

President Asif Ali Zardari Monday announced $10 million for a global war chest to educate all girls by 2015 set up in the name of Malala Yousufzai, the teen education activist shot and injured by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education.
The “Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education” aims at raising billions of dollars to ensure that all girls go to school by 2015 in line with United Nations Millennium goals.
Pakistan’s Education Minister Waqas Akram signed the agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation head Irina Bokova. “A young determined daughter of my country was attacked by the forces of darkness,” Zardari told the high-profile “Stand Up For Malala” event at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. “We are facing two forces in the country; Malala represents the forces of peace and we are fighting with the forces of darkness, hatred and violence,” he said.
The ceremony drew French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, former British premier Gordon Brown, the UN special envoy for Global Education, and the former presidents of Finland and Chile. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton sent special videotaped messages of support.
Fifteen-year-old Malala is recovering in a British hospital after being attacked on her school bus on October 9 and will join the campaign when she is better.
Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, has been appointed to help in what Brown has dubbed a new ‘Malala Plan’ to get all girls into school around the world by the end of 2015. Zardari slammed Islamic fundamentalists for giving the religion a bad name. “The first word of the Holy Quran is ‘Iqra’ which is read,” he said, attacking the “fringe minority of darkness, of hatred, of conflict.” “What extremists fear is a girl with a book in her hand,” he said.
Zardari expressed the resolve to make Pakistan a fully progressive‚ democratic and educated country, adding that the country was committed to promoting girl’s education. He said the country’s education system was derailed during the dictatorial rule but the present democratic government was determined to ensure education for all. The president sought support of the international community to ensure that every girl in Pakistan received quality education and contributed towards a progressive Pakistan.
He said like democracy in Pakistan‚ “we need global support for education in Pakistan”. Zardari said Pakistan was a resilient and determined nation and needed support of the international community for helping every girl go to school.
The president said the UN system had a crucial and central role to play in overcoming educational challenges. He said Pakistan would continue to uphold high ideals of the UN of education for all. The UN estimates that 61 million children do not go to school and girls account for two-thirds of that number. In an attack that shocked the world, Malala was shot in the head as punishment for the “crime” of campaigning for girls’ rights to go to school. Gordon Brown said the initiative, which he hoped would attract “billions of dollars of public subscriptions”, also aimed at stopping social evils such as child marriage and violence against girls.



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16 Comments

  1. SHAH HUSSAIN said:

    ZARDARI IS A TRAITOR LETTING PAKISTAN BE DEFAMED DUE TO MALALA FRAUD DRAMAS INTERNATIONALLY !!!!!! QUESTION –WAS MALALA REALLY SHOT ??

  2. desi said:

    Is the $10 million coming from his Swiss accounts??????? I know Pakistan doesn't have it.

  3. ratfetish said:

    I love how a news report on Malala became a yo-mama joke forum

  4. Muhammad said:

    Malala stands for human dignity, tolerance and pluralism. She had drawn a line between barbarity and civilization. Hers is the voice of the people of Pakistan, and the downtrodden and deprived children of the world.”
    – Ziauddin Ahmed, Malala's father

  5. SHAH HUSSAIN said:

    MALALA FATHER ZIAUDDIN AHMED — SELLING HIS DAUGHTER TO ANTIPAK FIRANGIMEDIA !!!

    PRIDE OF PAKISTAN == SHOESHINE BOYS – IN THIS WEEK IN PICTURES ..EVERY WEEK IN PICTURES IN PAKISTANTODAY .. SHOESHINE BOYS SONS OF PAKISTAN ..HUMBLE GIRLS HELPING THEIR MOTHERS WITH COOKING DISHWASHING ==DAUGHTERS OF PAKISTAN !!!

    NO FIRANGIGULAM NO KAAFIR E ISLAM NO GADAAR E PAKISTAN ZIAUDDIN AHMED CAN BE FATHER OF REAL MALALAS OF PAKISTAN ..

    • desi said:

      I'm not going to sit here and talk about what Malala stands for,I will say this,she did something she believed in,she stood up for something.I don't care for anyone who is using her name to show they care,but to write something about a father whose daughter suffered such pain is absolute mind boggling.Where in the world do you come up with all this stuff,who do you listen to,what do you watch,how do you translate everything into negative.According to you everyone is a kaafir,basta…d,Lahori,mafia goonda blah blah blah.Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and listen to your own self????Talk about ALLAH's punishment,only ALLAH knows what will come of you.My prayers goes out to your family for having to deal with a lota brain like you.

      • SHAH HUSSAIN said:

        DESISCUMBG– LOOK AT THE ISSUE AND SAME TO U LOWBRAINLOWLIFELOTABRAIN .. ASK MOST PAKISTANIS KIDS IN THE STREETS OF LAHORE –MANY GARBAGE PICKING FOR FOOD IN PICS BY THIS VERY PAKISTANTODAY MEDIA !!!! SEE SHOEPOLICH BOY PIC ABOVE U INSane ignorantscumbg .. stay on topic ..

    • SHAH HUSSAIN said:

      TERIMAAKAPHUDDAKANJARIKIAULAADHARAAMAZDE–SAME TO U X22222.. F OFF TO TERRIMAAKAPHUDDA..

    • Bali said:

      Stop this rhetoric and blaming everything on America or jews. No doubt these forces look after their own selfish national interests. It is our own Pakistanis, men like Mush, Zia, AZ, Altaf etc who sell us out for their greed. It is time for us to self reform. In Islam there is no bar on female education and those involved in muder and killings, be they the fanatic so called Talibans or the Ethnic Hoodlums of Karachi, are both guilty of murder, and should be condemned and hanged.

  6. bbkaphudda said:

    SHAH HUSSAIN, I also think your mother is fat and your father just rolls her in flour to find the wet spot.

    • SHAH HUSSAIN said:

      bbkaphudda terimmakichootmein1000lodaasharammazadekanjairikiaulaad..

  7. Bali said:

    He did not have the time to visit Malala in Pakistan and is now playing to the galleries in UK and France after drastically reducing the education budget in Pakistan for past 5 budgets. His home province Sind is even worse as far as abuse of females are concerned, where there are hardly any operational schools for girls in the interior and women are traded like sheep in crimes of wani.

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