Malala, parents land in Pakistan to visit flood-hit Sindh

By: News Desk
Published: 10:12 AM, 11 Oct, 2022
Malala, parents land in Pakistan to visit flood-hit Sindh
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Pakistani Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousufzai along with her parents landed in Karachi on Tuesday morning to visit the flood-hit areas across Sindh, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Malala and her parents travelled on Qatar Airlines flight 604 and she came out of the airport the police provided her complete security.

There are reports that the Sindh Home Department has issued directives to make strict security arrangements for Malala. 

Just last month, the Malala Fund issued an emergency relief grant to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), aimed at providing psychosocial support to girls and women in flood-hit Sindh and Balochistan.

The funding will also cater for the delivery of emergency education services to ensure girls continue their education. The assistance from the Malala Fund will help repair and rehabilitate ten damaged government schools for girls.

24-year-old Malala got shot in the face by the Taliban when she was just 15 for refusing to waive off her right to education and has since resided in Birmingham where she was airlifted for treatment after the assassination attempt.

In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights.

Yousafzai was just 15 years old when militants from the Pakistani Taliban -- an independent group that shares a common ideology with the Afghan Taliban -- shot her in the head over her campaign for girls' education.

She was flown to Britain for life-saving treatment and went on to become a global education advocate and the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Two days after the 10th anniversary of the attack, she landed in the southern city of Karachi -- only her second visit since the shooting -- from where she will travel to areas devastated by unprecedented monsoon flooding.

Her visit aims "to help keep international attention focused on the impact of floods in Pakistan and reinforce the need for critical humanitarian aid", her organisation Malala Fund said in a statement.

Catastrophic flooding put a third of Pakistan under water, displaced eight million people -- who are now facing a health crisis -- and caused an estimated $28 billion in damages.

Yousafzai's visit comes as students at her former school join a strike over a rise in violence in her hometown of Mingora in the Swat Valley.

The Pakistani Taliban waged a years-long insurgency in Swat until a major military crackdown in the northwest of the country in 2014 restored security in the area.

But it has seen a resurgence of militancy since the Taliban returned to power across the border in Afghanistan last year.

There has been a spike in attacks in recent weeks, targeting mostly security forces.

On Monday, a driver was shot dead and a child wounded in an attack on a school bus, prompting up to 2,000 students and teachers to walk out of classes.

Locals blamed the Pakistani Taliban, but the group has denied responsibility.

Students and teachers again walked out on Tuesday calling for peace in the region.

"People are angry," principal Ahmad Shah told AFP on Monday. "Students from all the private schools came out to protest."