ABU DHABI - Tributes were paid at an event to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt in last October by extremist gunmen while returning home on a school bus, and Namira Salim, the Pakistani-born, Dubai- and Monaco-based who skydived over Mount Everest and became the first female space traveller from the UAE and the first Pakistani woman in space.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan was the chief guest at a blend of Pakistani and Emirati mystic musical evening at the Pakistani Embassy. Al Sayyed Ali Al Shamsi, Advisor to President His Highness Shikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Religious and Judicial Affairs along with a number of official dignitaries, Ambassadors, diplomats and Pakistan community members attended the Samae’ and Qawwali Evening’.
“Whether it is a skydive from Mount Everest or an open challenge to the extremists who tried to suppress women education, the government and the people of Pakistan feel proud to present the world the real face of Pakistani women in personalities like Namira Salim and MalalaYousufzai,” the Pakistani ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan, said in in his welcome speech at event which was organized to celebrate the 41st National Day of the UAE as part of a series of celebrations the Pakistani community started on 2 November.
As he presented a shield to Namira Salim, Khan said “both these ladies have given the message of peace to the whole world and have promoted the actual image of Pakistan which is moderate and peaceful in all its forms.”
“Unfortunately, people get carried away by what they see on the television mostly coverage of terrorism and violence which is perpetrated by a negligible segment of the Pakistani people. It is amply demonstrated in all previous election of Pakistan where people with such bent of mind could hardly win any parliament seat. Local dignitaries, students and community members attended the event”, he added.