Nobel Laureate Malala says husband 'understands her sense of humour'

Malala pays tribute to her new husband who ‘understands my values’ as she appears on BBC to slam Taliban for making ‘temporary’ ban on girls’ education PERMANENT

  • The Pakistani activist said she had concerns about child marriage and divorce
  • But she said she was lucky to have found a husband who ‘understands my values’
  • The 24-year-old activist married Asser Malik in a small service on Tuesday
  • She told Andrew Marr she has concerns about girls’ education in Afghanistan 

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said she is ‘lucky to have found a husband who understands my values’ after she married him last week.

The Pakistani activist, 24, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 after angering them with her campaign for girls’ schooling.

She tied the knot with partner Asser Malik in a small service at her home in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today, she admitted she had questioned marriage and the ‘imbalance of power’ but said she was never opposed to it.

She said: ‘I was not against marriage.

‘I had concerns about marriage and that is true for many girls around the world who have seen reports about child marriage and divorce, and the imbalance of power and how girls and women make more compromises than men, and how a lot of these customs are influenced by patriarchy and misogyny.

‘So, you have to question the systems that we’re living in and you have to question the status quo, but I’m lucky that I’ve found a husband who understands my values.

‘He understands my sense of humour and we have a lot in common.’

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai who got married in the UK last week admitted she had concerns about marriage and the ‘imbalance of power’ but said she was never against it

Malala and her new husband gaze into each others eyes in the stunning photos from their Nikkah: ‘Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,’ she wrote

Ms Yousafzai revealed she had married her partner when she posted pictures of herself in a pink dress, while Mr Malik wore a matching tie.

In her interview with the BBC, Ms Yousafzai also said she fears the Taliban’s claim that its ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan is temporary may not be true.

Asser Malik: The sports manager who married a Nobel Prize winner 

Asser Malik is a rising talent in Pakistan’s cricket world and works as a high performance manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

 His LinkedIn profile states that he joined PCB in May 2020 and he has shared several photos from various cricketing events on his Instagram page.

Asser Malik also had held a high-ranking role in an amateur league that revitalized Pakistani interest in cricket.

He was a managing director of a player-management agency and franchise owner in the amateur league Last Man Stand, according to ESPN cricinfo.

Before starting his career in sports coaching and management he earned  a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

He frequently tweets about the progress of Pakistan’s under 18s cricket teams and his belief that ‘sports are more than just competition’. 

‘I’m looking forward to the day again where Pakistan ranks with the best at the Olympic Games,’ he tweeted.

She added: ‘I’m afraid that this ban that they have announced right now that they’re calling temporary might not actually be temporary.’

She pointed to a similar promise by the Taliban of a temporary halt on girls’ schooling in 1996, saying: ‘That ban lasted for five years.’

Ms Yousafzai’s comments came after the outgoing head of the British armed forces, Gen Sir Nick Carter, said that the current regime in Kabul was different from the original Taliban – who took over in the 1990s.

Asked about his hopes of a more moderate Taliban, she said: ‘The Taliban have been quite vague about their commitment to protecting women’s rights, and they announced two months ago that Afghan boys can go to school, but for two months Afghan girls have not been able to go to their secondary schools…

‘We’re calling on the Taliban to immediately allow girls to have access to their complete education, we’re calling on G20 leaders and other world leaders to ensure that girls’ rights are protected in Afghanistan.’

Ms Yousafzai said what she is advocating for is not a ‘privilege’, but ‘basic human rights that every woman and girl should have’.

She said neighbouring countries should help ensure that women’s rights are protected in Afghanistan.

‘It’s not just for the safety of the people in Afghanistan, but for the safety of the whole region’, she added. 

Ms Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014, winning the accolade for her work campaigning for girls to have a universal right to education.

She completed a philosophy, politics and economics degree at Oxford University last year.

The activist has also set up the Malala Fund, which aims to support the education of girls around the world. 

Malala and her new husband Asser Malik pose for a picture on their wedding day with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai and mother Toor Pekai Yousafzai

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