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Mehnaz Qasimani ‘A tribute to Malala’

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By: Sanjay Mathrani

When a Thari women Mehnaz Qasimani heard that MalalaYousafzai, the 22-year-old Pakistani activist and youngest recipient ever of a Nobel Peace Prize, graduated from Oxford University, payeda great tribute to her for this graduation achievement by drawing a sketch.

Mehnaz sketch went viral on social media when a Tharparkar based local NGOs Thar Education Alliance’s social media team shared her video while she was drawing the sketch of the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education. 

Mehnaz, a married woman from a small town of Tharparkar Chellar, expressed that Malala is ideal for many including her, In 2013 when Malala was named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people and was first nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The same year, she won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and released her autobiography “I Am Malala”. 

Meanwhile, she also shared that, Malala stood up for herself, for her education and for her fundamental rights when confronted by a fearsome terrorist group. Malala has created a chain reaction all around the world, bringing change, light, and hope to girls across all continents. ‘I really felt the pain when I decided to draw her sketch on paper when my mom entered my room and asked me about that sketch, her eyes were rained for her bravery. 

‘I can proudly say that it may sound corny, but I assure you that it is true: I believe that Malala has changed the lives of many girls, she has motivated infinite people by her wisdom, and I only hope that through such kinda activism we can end the education emergency in Sindh.’ Mehnaz proclaimed.

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