Malala Yousafzai asks Pakistan not to change college name

Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai took note of the insecurity prevailing among the students of a girls` college in Swat.

Peshawar: Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai, while taking note of the insecurity prevailing among the students of a girls` college in Swat which was renamed after the 15-year-old Taliban victim, has requested the government to change the college name to end the unrest among the students.

Malala, who is currently being treated in Birmingham`s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England, called the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Kamran Rahman and requested him to retain the original name of the college so that the students could attend their classes, reports The News.

"She (Malala) was aware of the crisis emerged in the girls` college named after her. She thanked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for renaming the college on her name but requested to give the college its old name as it was better for security of the students and the institution," said Rahman.

He said Malala`s father Ziauddin Yousufzai also spoke to him and made a similar request to the government to restore the college its old name as they would never like the students to attend classes in an insecure atmosphere. Rahman said he then informed commissioner Malakand Division about Malala`s phone call and her request to the government to change the name of the college.

The KP government has renamed the college in honour of Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban shooter on October 09, for championing girls` education in Swat. The decision has infuriated the students as they thought it would invite attention of the militants.

The students staged a protest demonstration and boycotted classes. The government has closed the college a week earlier for three months of winter vacations.

Meanwhile, Malala`s father, a former teacher and headmaster, has been appointed as UN adviser on education.


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