Pakistani firefighter scholars have been detained for threatening to kill Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai over comments on her marriage, officials said Friday.
Since surviving an attempted assassination by the 15-year-old Taliban in the countryside of northwestern Pakistan, Oxford graduates have become a global figure in promoting girls’ education.
However, a recent interview with fashion magazine Vogue sparked controversy in her home country (she is already a split person) when she asked if a legitimate bond between couples was needed.
The issue was discussed by lawmakers in her hometown of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who said her comments were against Islam.
“Malala dreams of becoming the country’s prime minister, but it encourages obscenity,” priest Sardar Ali told a student at a local seminary in the northwestern city of Rakki Mawat last week.
He added that if she returned, she would be blown up with a suicide bomber.
Police official Wasim Sajad said AFP Sardar Ali was charged with intimidation, hate speech and terrorist incitement.
The arrest was confirmed by a second senior police officer, Muhammad Imran.
Last year, Yousafzai called on Twitter to Prime Minister Imran Khan after the Taliban militants, who claimed to be behind the attack, fled detention.
She appeared last week on the cover of the British version of Vogue magazine in a full-length designer gown and headscarf.
“If you want to have someone in your life, why do you have to sign a marriage certificate, why isn’t it just a partnership?” She earned a degree in an interview. He said he was still deciding what to do.
Yousafzai has been celebrated in many areas, but has been backlashed in Pakistan for many years, and some say that worldwide attention to her attempts at life has damaged Pakistan’s reputation.
She has also been criticized for being perceived as an advocate of Western liberal values, and has been constantly scrutinized for her outfits and views on world affairs.