-London: Nobel peace prize winner and Pakistan education rights
activist Malala Yousafzai has urged the UN to work towards peace in
Kashmir and help children in the valley to go back to school.
Malala, 22, tweeted that she was deeply concerned about reports that
Kashmiri students “have not been able to attend schools for more than
40 days” , and “about girls who are afraid to leave their homes”.
“I am asking leaders, at UNGA (UN General Assembly) and beyond,
to work towards peace in kashmir, listen to kashmiri voices and help children
go safely back to school,” the youngest -ever Nobel laureate tweeted on saturday.
She remarks drew sharp critisism from some Indian Twitter users, including
functionaries of the BJP and the Shiv Sena, who asked her to speak out on the
plight of the girls belonging to the minority communities in Pakistan.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration have tried to keep schools open but
few pupils have turned up. While many parents fear for the safety of the pupils, posters
have appeared in Srinagar warning people to keep their children away from schools.