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Wednesday
Jan292014

Pakistani Girl's Home Province Cancels Book Party

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- There was no celebration of Malala Yousafzai's autobiography at Peshawar University Tuesday.

An event to promote I Am Malala, which depicts the 16-year-old's attempts at advancing the educational rights of girls, was cancelled when officials in the Pakistani province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa could not guarantee adequate security.

The province is where the teen is from and where she was shot in the face by the Taliban in 2012 to protest her activism.  Yousafzai was sent for treatment to Great Britain, which she and her family now call home.

Shah Farman, the province's minister of information, explained his reasons for cancelling the book launch at the university, citing security concerns and the fact that I Am Malala "has nothing to do with the Area Study Center, or any educational institution for that matter."

However, many were disappointed by the decision, including one political leader who said his party "believes in freedom of speech/debate, not censorship of ideas."

Just the same, Yousafzai was not planning to be at the event anyway nor has she returned to Pakistan since nearly being assassinated.

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