Now, Pakistan's private schools hope to silence that voice by banning her book.
The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Assn. represents 40,000 affiliated schools across Pakistan and has banned the book from its libraries.
''Everything about Malala is now becoming clear,'' Adeeb Javedani, president of the organization, told the Associated Press. He has called for the government to ban its use in school curricula. ''To me, she is representing the West, not us.''
Another school organization agreed. The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation has banned Malala's book in its affiliated schools as well. Its chairman, Kashif Mirza, said Malala ''was a role model for children, but this book has made her controversial,'' adding, ''Through this book, she became a tool in the hands of the Western powers.''
A group of Pakistani academics thinks the book, which was co-authored by journalist Christina Lamb, will leave readers in a "confused state of mind," NPR reports.
In October Malala was awarded the
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Malala, who turned 16 in July, now lives in England with her family.