A Pakistani author has penned a new book titled I Am not Malala, supposedly providing a counter narrative to Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai’s book, I Am Malala.
“The book is written with the aim to reveal the truth and counter anti-Islamic propaganda and expose the nefarious designs of anti-Islam forces,” Mirza Kashif Ali, the author of the book, said Wednesday.
Kashif Ali serves as the President of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF), an association that represents 173,000 schools in Pakistan. Those schools banned Yousafzai’s memoir last year because it was deemed too controversial, The Nation reports.
Kashif Ali hopes that Pakistani courts will decide on Friday to ban I Am Malala entirely. “Malala is the darling of the West and Shiv Sena. Those who created Al Qaeda and ISIS created Malala. Why is Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai working as education attache in Pakistan mission in Britain and UN?” he asked.
The anti-Malala author emphasized his disgust towards free speech and support for blasphemy laws in Islam.
“Malala termed Satanic Verses – the book of Indian origin British novelist Salman Rushdie – as freedom of expression and never uttered a single word of condemnation against the blasphemous sketches,” he added. “Why she [sic] never uttered a single word of condemnation against Israeli aggression or brutality in Gaza or against the atrocities of Boko Haram in Nigeria.”
Mr. Kashif Ali expanded further on the evils of praising non-Islamic works. He then dared her to return to Pakistan, her country of birth.
He added: “Malala says that she does not fear the Taliban any longer but will she return to Pakistan if she has no fears? She will never do so because she will lose support of her masters and the easy money flowing in.”
Yousafzai, an advocate for women’s education in the Muslim world, was famously shot by a Taliban gunman. She survived the assassination attempt, but there remains a fatwa calling for her death. At the age of 17, she became the youngest ever Nobel laureate.