President Karzai congratulates Malala Yousufzai’s birthday

Kabul: (MEP)-Afghan president Hamid Karzai congratulated Malala Yousufzai girls’ education activist Malala Yousufzai and her family on her 16th birthday.

Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head in October in Pakistan’s Swat Valley after attracting the ire of the Taliban for raising a voice against its attacks on girls’ education.

In a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai called on world leaders to provide “free, compulsory education” for every child.

“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” Ms. Yousafzai told young leaders from 100 countries at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”

She said war and terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan prevents children of the two countries to go to school.

President Hamid Karzai in a statement said that education in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been severely harmed due to terrorism, and students on both side of Durand Line are targeted by terrorists.

Karzai also urged that using terrorism as political tool is not in the benefit of any nation, and Afghanistan and Pakistan should jointly and honestly fight terrorism since terrorism and extremism will pose more threat for the upcoming generation of the two nations.

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