A firebrand Pakistani scholar has been detained for making demise threats towards Nobel prize laureate Malala Yousafzai over her feedback on marriage, officers stated Friday.
Since surviving an assassination try by the Taliban at aged 15 in rural northwest Pakistan, the Oxford graduate has develop into a worldwide determine selling schooling for ladies.
But a current interview with the style journal Vogue stirred debate in her dwelling nation – the place she is already a divisive determine – when she questioned whether or not a authorized union between a pair was vital.
The concern was debated by MPs in her dwelling province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who stated her feedback had been towards Islam.
“Malala is dreaming to become the country’s prime minister but promoting obscenity,” cleric Sardar Ali informed college students of a neighborhood seminary within the northwestern metropolis of Lakki Marwat final week.
He added that he would blow her up in a suicide assault if she returned.
Police official Wasim Sajjad informed AFP Sardar Ali had been charged with making threats, hate speech, and inciting terrorism.
The arrest was confirmed by a second senior police official, Muhammad Imran.
Last 12 months Yousafzai referred to as out Prime Minister Imran Khan on Twitter, after a Taliban militant who claimed to have been behind her assault escaped from detention.
She appeared on the entrance cowl of the British version of Vogue journal final week wearing a full-length designer robe and head scarf.
“If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?” she requested, in an interview the place she stated she was nonetheless deciding what to do after ending her diploma.
Though celebrated in lots of quarters, Yousafzai has acquired backlash in Pakistan through the years, the place some say world consideration on the try on her life has given the nation a foul fame.
She can also be criticised for her perceived championing of Western liberal values, and has confronted fixed scrutiny over her clothes and views on world affairs.
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