Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai on Monday released a statement on the Afghanistan peace talks saying that peace talks and dialogues are the only way to resolve tensions in the region.
Malala Yousafai turned to Twitter and proposed a four-point way forward for the Afghan peace process saying that it must ensure freedom of all people, especially women and girls.
She wrote, “As one of the victims of decades-long conflict and terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I am sure I am speaking for many who lost their lives, loved ones, homes, childhoods, and dreams”.
— Malala (@Malala) September 14, 2020
The youngest Nobel Prize laureate said that she believed that peace talks and dialogues are the “only way” to resolve tensions in the region but stressed that there is no peace without the protection of human rights.
“Negotiations must include civil society and women leaders. Girls’ education must be guaranteed,” she said, adding: “The rights of women — from walking freely in the streets to doing any job they choose — cannot be compromised at any cost.”
She further said, “I hope we never see innocent people dying and losing their homes in any so-called international and local power politics. I hope we never see the manipulation of Islam or the Pashtoon values of bravery, honour, and patriotism”.
The path towards recovery and long-term peace requires investment in education and health, Malala noted.
“I hope these historic talks mark an end to the decades-long conflict in the region. I hope we finally see peace and it is never taken away from us,” she added.