“Tum Kitnay Malal maroo geh, har ghar sey Malal Niklay gee“. Afghans are comparing Malala of Mangora to Malalai of Maiwand, and Malala Joya who spoke up against the occupation and still speaks against the occupation.
Malala of Maiwand was the Afghan Joan of Arc that supported the Afghan effort against the British. Malal of Maiwand has inspired generations. Malala fought the enemies of Afghanistan who were occupying Afghanistan. She was responsible for Ayub Khan‘s victory against the British. Malala has today inspired Pakistanis to unite against the enemies of Pakistan. Many Pakistanis including a very famous president of Pakistan was named after Ayub Khan. It is very possible that Malala of Mangora was named after Malala (also pronounced Malalai of Maiwand)
Unless you have been living in a cave, chances are that you have heard of Malal Ysefzai of Mingora Pakistan. She stood up to the TTP and wrote a blog which spoke up for education. Vicious killers of the TTP attempted to kill her and drown the voice of reason. In another version of events, those who wanted Pakistan to attack North Waziristan attacked the young girl–to create justification for more war in Pakistan. If the barbaric Neanderthals of the TTP were responsible for pulling the actual trigger, many wonder who supplied them the guns, who is funding them, and who have given them safe havens in Afghanistan. If the three motor-cyclists actually fired the guns, one wonders who was responsible for getting them the millions of Rupees needed to buy bomb material so that they could attack mosques and schools all over Pakistan.
One other question remains to be answered. Who painted a target on a 12 year old. It was the NGOs and the BBC that put this young girl on a pedestal and then informed the entire world who she was. Do the NGOs bear any responsibility for getting her injured? Surely the NGOs don’t shed any tears on the children who die during the drone bombings, or those that die in Balochistan or in Karachi. These NGOs and their foreign countrpart made a big deal about Malala–and this type of attention allowed the animals to target her. Some of the responsibility for her misfortunes lies in the foreign news agencies and the NGOs that painted a target on her head.
Today this Malala is a darling of the West and the NGOs. When she begins speaking against the occupation she too will be dumped by those who sponsored her in the past.
No one has heard of Malalai (or Malala) of Maiwand. Ayub Khan who became known as the Victor of Maiwand. Behind every successful man is a woman. It is said that it was Malalai who actually saved the day in the Battle of Maiwand.
Malalai was a native of Khig, a small village on the edge of the Maiwand battlefield, and the daughter of a simple shepard. On Mala’s wedding day her father and fiancée joined with Ayub Khan’s army in the attack on the British on July 27th 1880. Malalai was asked to be a nurse to help tend to the wounded and provide water and spare weapons. The British were winning the battle. At this juncture Malalai took off her veil and shouted out:
“Young love! If you do not fall in the battle of Maiwand,
By God, someone is saving you as a symbol of shame!”
Hearing Malala the Afghan fighter “ghazis” redoubled their efforts a rose up–changing the direction of the battle. When one of the leading flag-bearers fell from a British bullet, Malalai went forward, made a flag out of her veil and began singing a landai:
“With a drop of my sweetheart’s blood,
Shed in defense of the Motherland,
Will I put a beauty spot on my forehead,
Such as would put to shame the rose in the garden,”
Malala took a British bullet and perished. “Her words purred her countrymen and soon the British lines gave way, broke and turned, leading to a disastrous retreat back to Kandahar and the biggest defeat for the Anglo-Indian army in the Second Afghan War.” Ayub Khan afterwards gave a special honor to Malalai and she was buried at her village, where her grave can still be found.
Malalai Joya a rare female voice in Afghan politics. In 2010, Time magazine placed Malalai Joya on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was a darling of the West, ’till she began speaking up the occupation and military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan
Her father was a former medical student who lost a leg while fighting the USSR. Malalai Joya was born on April 25, 1978. She is an activist, writer and a former politician from Afghanistan. She spoke up against the Talibs treatment of women. However a few years ago she left Afghanistan in disgust, saying that the condition of women in Afghanistan was worse off during the occupation.
“I started working as an activist when I was very young, grade 8. When I started working amongst our people, especially women, it was so enjoyable for me. I learned a lot from them, even though they were not educated. Before I started, I want to tell you, I didn’t know anything about politics. I learned from people who were non-educated, non-political people who belonged to a political situation. I worked with different committees in the refugee camps. I remember that in every house that I went everyone had different stories of suffering. I remember one family we met. Their baby was just skin and bones. They could not afford to take the baby to a doctor, so they had to just wait for their baby to die. I believe that no movie maker, no writer is able to write about these tragedies that we have suffered. Not only in Afghanistan, but also Palestine, Iraq…The children of Afghanistan are like the children of Palestine. They fight against enemies with only stones. These kinds of children are my heroes and my heroines.”
—Malalai Joya, November 5, 2007
Noam Chomsky Says this about Malal Joya: “Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this inspiring memoir is that despite the horrors she relates, Malalai Joya leaves us with hope that the tormented people of Afghanistan can take their fate into their own hands if they are released from the grip of foreign powers, and that they can reconstruct a decent society from the wreckage left by decades of intervention and the merciless rule of the Taliban and the warlords who the invaders have imposed upon them.”