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By Mariana Baabar
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari claimed on Tuesday that Malala Yousafzai has done more for Pakistan’s future than any military operation has or will.The president said those who attacked Malala are a threat for everyone. He said no one can stop the Pakistani girls from getting education.

 

“She has exposed just how weak and pathetic terrorists are. Pakistan will do everything in its power to ensure that our future is, Insha’Allah, what Malala represents. We cannot do it alone. The potential of ECO nations is most at risk at the hands of Malala’s attackers. Today I invite you to join hands with Pakistan,” President Zardari said at the Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan.

 

Zardari spoke at a time when more and more voices are demanding that this is the time that the Pakistan Army should go into North Waziristan and show no mercy to the terrorists and militants, both local and foreign, who operate from there and put the lives of Pakistanis at risk.

 

However, signals coming from the General Headquarters do not indicate that they are ready to go into an area which includes those that have their sympathies. They have maintained that it will only be when the government decides so. However, it is well known that they are quite capable of taking their own decisions whenever they want and did not ask for consent of the government when they overturned the democratic sitting governments and put aside the Constitution through the military rule.

 

Paying tributes to Malala, President Zardari said, “She is a symbol of all that is good about us and represents the courage of our girls and women.”“Her attackers aren’t just trying to kill the daughter of Pakistan. This mindset is our biggest collective enemy,” he added.

 

“Let us commit to a collective future in which Malala Yousafzai and her sisters from your countries will have a secure future. A bright and promising future defined by courage, knowledge and prosperity,” said Zardari.

 

Reaching out to Afghanistan, Zardari said, “We suffer extremism and violence together. We must fight it together too. We must not blame each other. This is what the terrorists want. The terrorists want brother to fight brother. We reject the terrorists. We reject the blame game. We reject allowing terrorists to define us.”