Education officials in Pakistan have come out against teenage activist Malala Yousafzai’s new book and have banned it from private schools in Pakistan, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year after criticizing the group’s interpretation of Islam, released her memoir I Am Malala with The Orion Publishing Group last month. “I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realise how difficult it is for some children to get access to education,” she stated in a press release for the book. “I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can’t get education. I want it to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school. It is their basic right.”
Pakistani officials have taken the stance that she is being used an instrument for the West. AP has more:
Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, said his group banned Malala’s book from the libraries of its 40,000 affiliated schools and called on the government to bar it from school curriculums. ‘Everything about Malala is now becoming clear,’ Javedani said. ‘To me, she is representing the West, not us.’