The Pakistani Taliban, whose fighters shot Malala in the head in 2012, had earlier warned shopkeepers in the region not to stock her book

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 on Tuesday. 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 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. The daily stated that the director was first contacted by provincial Local Government Minister Inayatullah Khan, who belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami, and then by Information Minister Shah Farman of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and they asked him to stop the launch. Area Study Centre director Sarfraz Khan said “many people, including ministers, the vice-chancellor, registrar and police,” stopped him from holding the event.

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