Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani women’s rights activist who at the age of 17, in 2014, received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest person to do so, has married.
The young woman, who is now 24 years old and graduated from Oxford University, has said yes, I love her boyfriend, Asser Malik, CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board. This was announced by the activist on her social networks this Tuesday: “Today is a beautiful day in my life. Asser and I have tied the knot to be partners for life. We have had a small nikkah ceremony at our home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk the journey ahead of us together ”.
Asser Malik, also of Pakistani descent, describes himself, according to his personal LinkedIn account, as an “entrepreneur with a proven history of working in the sports industry.” Previously, he worked for the Pakistani professional cricket team Multan Sultans, including Other positions related to the world of sports He graduated in 2012 from the Lahore University of Management Sciences with a degree in Science, Economics and Political Science.
The news has caused a stir in social networks, since last June, Yousafzai assured, in an interview with ‘Vogue’, that he did not understand why people were getting married
The news has caused a stir in social networks, since last June, Yousafzai assured, in an interview with Vogue, who did not understand why people were getting married: “If you want a person in your life, why do you have to sign the marriage papers? Why can’t it just be a couple? My mother tells me not to dare to say that, that I have to get married, that marriage is precious ”. However, a nikkah ceremony is not a legally binding contract, rather it is the first step in an Islamic union.
Malala, author of the book “I am Malala”, her autobiography, became known worldwide in 2009. The BBC began publishing the newspaper she wrote, where she denounced the situation of women and girls under the tight control of the Taliban . Three years later, she had already become a local heroine.
That year, in October 2012, when she was returning home from school on a bus with 15 other girls, two men got into the vehicle, asking for her and, upon identifying her, shot her. The bullets hit the head.
Pakistani activist survived the shooting of a Taliban in Pakistan at age 15
The news caused such a stir that the government chartered a helicopter to take her to the Peshawar military hospital. From there she was transferred to Islamabad. Against all odds, he managed to save himself. The girl was transferred to the UK, partly out of fear that the Taliban would try to kill her in hospital.
He woke up from an induced coma in a Birmingham hospital. Her recovery was slow and she stayed to live with her family in that city, where she continues to live and from where she has continued her activism in defense of access to education for women and girls. “I am dedicated to the cause of education and I believe that I can dedicate my entire life to it. I don’t care how long it takes me. I focus on my studies, but what matters most to me is the education of every girl in the world, so I will dedicate my life to it and I am proud to work for the education of girls ”, she assured in 2013. In In 2014, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his social activism.
In 2016, when he turned 16, he gave a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York. A year later he began studying a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, graduating with honors last year.
Last summer, he reappeared in a video interview criticizing the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan and calling on the international community to open doors to its refugees.
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Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, marries in England