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Malala book launch stopped in North West Pakistan

Islamabad: A ceremony to launch Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai's book was scrapped after the government of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province said it could not provide security for the event.  The book “I Am
PTI January 28, 2014 16:56 IST
PTI
Islamabad: A ceremony to launch Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai's book was scrapped after the government of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province said it could not provide security for the event.  

The book “I Am Malala” by the 16-year-old, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, was to be launched today at the University of Peshawar.

The Bacha Khan Education Foundation (BKEF), Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) and Area Study Centre (ASC) had organised the ceremony.

BKEF director Khadim Hussain said the groups were informed by police late yesterday that they could not provide security for the programme.

“It (cancellation of the launch) is against the spirit of freedom of expression and promotion of education because holding a ceremony in honour of Malala Yousufzai means to scale up awareness about child rights,” Hussain was quoted as saying by the Dawn.