London, Aug 8: Nobel laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai on Thursday said she is worried about the safety of Kashmir children and women, days after the government’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories.
22 year old Yousafzai also urged the international community to ensure peace in the region.
“The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young,” Ms Yousafzai said in her statement which she tweeted.
“Today I am worried about the safety of the Kashmiri children and women, the most vulnerable to violence and the most likely to suffer losses in conflict,” she said.
Malala Yousafzai became a global symbol for girls’ education and human rights after a gunman boarded her school bus in October 2012, asked “Who is Malala?” and shot her.
After medical treatment in the UK, she continued her vocal advocacy and became the youngest-ever person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
“Whatever disagreement we may have… Must focus on peacefully resolving the seven-decade conflict in Kashmir,” the activist added.
Malala’s statement comes after the Indian government on Monday scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and converted the state into a Union Territory with a legislature.