Aafia, Malala two chapters of same story: Fowzia

Karachi: Some vested interests are trying to present the plights of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and Malala Yousafzai as competing stories, while the fact is that these two women are two chapters of a single story of victimization, said Aafia Movement Pakistan leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui.

In a statement here Monday, she said recently some TV talk shows and blogs are doing shows to choose between Aafia and Malala. She said this is simply appalling. The people behind this are heartless and evil monsters, as they have taken the tragedies of two women who have been brutally and savagely attacked and reduced them to a macabre contest where we are expected to cheer one to victory over the other. This is beyond nonsense. It is disgusting.

Fowzia said these people are giving the false impression that only one may be chosen. She said Aafia and Malala are not competing stories to be cheered on by partisan fans in a grotesque sporting competition. “They are two chapters of a single story with many other chapters: the story of official injustice and indifference in the service of hiding the cowardice, corruption, incompetence and failures of authority.”

She said these elements have stripped both women of their humanity to promote agendas that are alien to both of them. She said we should look into our own hearts. “Would we want our daughter to be treated the way Aafia and Malala have been treated? If we can answer yes to that question then we may go ahead and have fun with the poll.”

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