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The actual enemy of India and Pakistan are poverty, discrimination and inequality, Malala

/ IoK News / Photo Credit : Tribune India

The actual enemy of India and Pakistan are poverty, discrimination and inequality and both countries should unite and fight them, not each other, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Sunday. She was speaking to audiences at the Jaipur Literature Festival. This event is described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ and the ‘Kumbh of literature’.

The 10-day Jaipur Literature Festival, started on February 19 and concluded on Sunday.

Malala also said that minorities need protection in every country, be it Pakistan or  India, adding that the issue is not related to religion but to the “exploitation of power” and must be taken seriously.

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for girls’ education miraculously survived a bullet to the head from the militant Taliban in October 2012. She further said that news of internet shutdown and arrests of activists protesting peacefully in India was “worrying”. She expressed the hope that the Indian government would make sure that people were heard.

 “It is my dream to see India and Pakistan become true good friends and that we can visit each other’s countries. You can continue to watch Pakistani dramas, we can continue to watch Bollywood movies and enjoy cricket matches,” the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

She was speaking on her book “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” on the concluding day of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) which is being held in the virtual mode.

“You are Indian and I am Pakistani and we are completely fine, then why is this hatred created between us? This old philosophy of borders, divisions and divide and conquer… They just don’t work anymore, as humans we all want to live in peace,” she said.

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