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Islamique Magazine Online | June 1, 2020

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Poem: Malala Yousafzai

Poem: Malala Yousafzai

By Auni Akhter

If only she could fly to New York and hold Ban Ki Moon’s hand

But young Ayesha lies deep beneath the rubble in Malakand


If only he could have his disfigured figure re-figured

Too late for young Luqman, those deadly strikes the joystick triggered


If only she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Maezol Khan was a bright one” sighed the family of Chugtais


If only he could be Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’

Though he was just a common shepherd, 15 year old Shabir


If only she made Obama’s dinner list; not his kill list

A terror threat was studious Shaukat: the burgeoning chemist?


If only he could have his face on the cover of Newsweek

But that wouldn’t be a pretty sight; poor dishevelled Shafiq


If only she could write for some fancy US Magazine

It was on her way to school when it crashed down on Shabuddin


If only he could be honoured with a day named after him

But CNN do not cry for the likes of Ziauddin


It has now been two years since Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban. Since then, she has been flown around the world, presented as the native girl rescued by the White Man.  Dozens of Malala’s are killed by US drone strikes without nearly the same coverage in mainstream Western media. Obama has authorised 193 drone strikes in Pakistan (and counting). Colombia Law School have estimated that as many as 98% of those killed in these strikes are innocent civilians, including 97 children (and counting).

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