Leaders of the PPP, MQM, ANP, PML-Q, PML-N & AWP: Nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Petitioned MQM - Muttahida Quami Movement
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Altaf Hussain
MQM - Muttahida Quami Movement
Asfandyar Wali Khan
ANP - Awami National Party
See response
Farooq Tariq
AWP - Awami Workers Party
See response
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari
PPP - Pakistan Peoples Party

Leaders of the PPP, MQM, ANP, PML-Q, PML-N & AWP: Nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize

    1. Farahnaz Ispahani
    2. Petition by

      Farahnaz Ispahani

      Karachi, Pakistan

February 2014


Farahnaz Ispahani: Thank you all for supporting the first and only Pakistani petition asking the Nobel Committee to give the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai. We are proud that our efforts helped achieve her nomination. The youngest person ever to be nominated. I am so grateful to all of you for your support. Many thanks to Tarek Fatah who started the Canada petition and got so many involved in this great effort. Thank you again!

On October 9, 2012, 15-year old Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Pakistan. In the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere. Malala's bravery has sparked a global movement and we believe the Nobel Foundation should give her the Nobel Peace Prize.

The first step in this process is to get Malala nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Only certain people, like a Member of the National Assembly or an MPA are allowed to put forward nominations. To make a major statement and to show that Pakistanis believe in Malala's work, we need all Pakistani federal party leaders to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Our work will be much enhanced if the Chief Ministers of the four provinces and individual MNAs and MPAs also sent letters to the Nobel Committee.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights that includes the right of education for girls.

Worldwide support

While this petition was started in Canada by the Pakistani-Canadian writer Tarek Fatah, almost half the people who have signed the petition come from countries around the world.

My petition is here for the people in Pakistan to urge our own politcal leaders to nominate Malala.

The counter on this petition reflects the cumulative efforts of the original Canadian petition plus all those from around the world.

Nominators and endorsers so far:


Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
Asfandyar Wali Khan, President, Awami National Party (ANP)

Bushra Gohar, Senior VP, Awami National Party (ANP)
Ibad Rehman, Patron, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) 
Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to the USA
Najam Sethi, Editor of The Friday Times, Lahore 
Nadeem Paracha, columnist, the daily DAWN, Karachi
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Academy Award winning film producer
Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari
Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, Pakistan’s Ambassador for Polio Eradication
Noor Alam Khan, MNA (PPP)



United Kingdom:
Prof. Richard Dawkins 
Peter Thatchell
Shahida Choudhry

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Leader of the Conservative Party
Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Oppostion and the NDP
Bob Rae, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Daniel Paille, Leader of the Bloc Québécois 
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Conservative MP from Calgary 
Paul Dewar, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic & MP from Ottawa 
Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto 
Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Conservative Senator, Toronto
Tarek Fatah, author and Toronto SUN columnist 

United States:
Irshad Manji, author and Head of the Moral Courage Project, NYU
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, author and president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Sunil Dixit, Public policy activist, Freelance, Faculty and Consultant
Bonnie Lloyd, Building Minds in Sudan, Rochester, NY

Harnidh Kaur, poet, New Delhi
Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for HR Development & Member of Parliament
Lt. Gen (Retd.) H.S. Panag, GOC-in-C Northern Command, Indian Army

Saudi Arabia:
Khaled Almaeena, Editor-in-Chief, Saudi Gazette

Cora Ronai, journalist and author of 'Sapomorfose ou O Príncipe que Coaxava'

Andrew Bartlett, former Senator

Soudeh RAD, Coordinatrice International d'Osez Le Féminisme!
Caroline Fourest, author and essayist

Naser Khader, former member of the Danish Parliament


Twitter Hashtag: #Nobel4Malala

Canadian Petition: http://www.change.org/Malala
UK Petition: http://www.change.org/nobelformalala
French Petition: http://www.change.org/nobelpourmalala
German Petition: https://www.change.org/malalaspreis
Italian Petition: http://www.change.org/nobel-per-malala
Indian Petition: http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/nominate-malala-for-the-nobel-peace-prize-nobel4malala
Irish Petition: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/d%C3%A1il-eireann-nominate-malala-yusufzai-for-the-nobel-peace-prize-4

Farahnaz Ispahani
Former member of Pakistani Parliament  2008-2012

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Malala Yousafzai wins EU's Sakharov human rights prize

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer
      Malala Yousafzai wins Sakharov prize

      Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU's Sakharov human rights prize. The 16-year-old activist was shot a year ago for campaigning for better rights for girls. The Sakharov Prize for free speech is awarded by the European Parliament annually in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Decision-maker ANP - Awami National Party responds:

      ANP - Awami National Party

      Malala is a symbol of the hope, courage and progressive values

    5. Malala Yousufzai awarded prestigious Dublin award

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was a previous recipient. #Malala gets international peace award http://shar.es/4ahQI #Pakistan

      Malala gets international peace award

      DUBLIN: Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old schoolgirl who was shot in the head in Swat valley, has received the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award. According to statement issued by Pakistani Embassy in Dublin, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Congress leader Sonia Gandhi were among five nominees for the award.

    6. Malala Is Time Magazine's Person of the Year List's # 2!!

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer
      Runner-Up: Malala Yousafzai, the Fighter

      Ayesha Mir didn't go to school on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the day after a security guard found a shrapnel-packed bomb under her family's car. The 17-year-old Pakistani girl assumed, as did most people who learned about the bomb, that it was intended for her father, the television news presenter Hamid...

    7. Campaign to nominate Malala for Nobel Prize in Oslo newspaper

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      Malala Centrespread in Oslo

      My petition to have Malala Yusufzai nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize makes it in an Oslo newspaper centre-spread.

    8. Decision-maker AWP - Awami Workers Party responds:

      AWP - Awami Workers Party

      AWP supports the petition

    9. Decision-maker AWP - Awami Workers Party responds:

      AWP - Awami Workers Party

      we support the petition

    10. Decision-maker AWP - Awami Workers Party responds:

      AWP - Awami Workers Party

      we support the petiton

    11. Decision-maker AWP - Awami Workers Party responds:

      AWP - Awami Workers Party

      we support the petition

    12. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominates Malala for Nobel

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada nominates Pakistan's Malala Yusufzai for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

      Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada nominates Pakistan's Malala Yusufzai for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada nominates Pakistan's Malala Yusufzai for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

    13. Italy's Nobel Laureate Dario Fo endorses Malala for the Nobel Prize

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      86-year old Dario Fo won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. In this article for la Republica, he backs Malala's nomination for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. He has made two paintings of Malala, one of which appear in this column. Who would have thought Malala would trigger such positive feelings towards Pakistan!

      Change.org Italia's Twitter Photo

      Su Repubblica il quadro e la poesia di @Dario_Fo a sostegno della campagna su http://t.co/cL0kRai7 #Nobel4Malala http://t.co/AKKNRXqV

    14. Italian newspaper la Republica backs Nobel Prize for Malala

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      Tens of thousands of Italians have signed our petition to nominate our child Malala Yusufzai for the Nobel Peace Prize. Please share this with friends and family.

      Nobel per la Pace a Malala Yousufzai firmano anche Dario Fo e Franca Rame - Repubblica.it

      "La ferocia e la crudeltà travolgono ogni dimensione umana quando si scontrano con la voglia di libertà e la bellezza", ha detto il grande commediografo che ha ottenuto il riconoscimento per la Letteratura nel 1997. Continua la campagna che ha già raccolto 130mila firme nel mondo. L'appello ai parlamentari italiani

    15. Reached 250 signatures
    16. Farrukh Khan Pitafi on the dearth of national heroes in Pakistan

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      Op-ed in the Express Tribune laments the absence of national heroes in Pakistan and how Malala Yusufzai can fill that role, even as naysayers try to diminish her heroic struggle against the Taliban

      A Nobel prize for Malala - The Express Tribune

      "For heaven's sake! Give Malala's story a rest. We all have daughters and we all make compromises for them. Don't you know her name is being used to plan an attack on North Waziristan?" These were the lines I had to endure from a colleague, who was incensed by the media's continuous focus on the little girl, attacked by the Taliban.

    17. Reached 200 signatures
    18. New York Daily News on "A Noble Nobel" for Malala

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      "A petition is rightly calling for Malala Yousafzai to be nominated for the prize"

      A noble Nobel

      Hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe have joined an online petition drive backing 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Price. We’re all for that. Malala is, of course, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban a month ago.

    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. New York Times on the Malala for Nobel Prize Campaign

      Farahnaz Ispahani
      Petition Organizer

      Pakistani Girl, Continuing Her Recovery, Reads in Hospital

      The 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by a Taliban attacker because of her activism for girls education has been photographed reading from her hospital bed in England, where she is being treated. The teenager, Malala Yousafzai, was shot while riding in a school bus on Oct.

    21. Reached 5 signatures



    Nov 19, 2012

    Signed a Petition to send a letter to the Nobel Committee nominating Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize http://t.co/JpeQ2nlK Kindly sign it!

    Marvi Sirmed


    Nov 17, 2012

    #Pakistan PPP, MQM, ANP, PML-Q, PML-N: Write to Nobel Committee nominating #Malala for Nobel Peace Prize http://t.co/CQlARtlj #Nobel4Malala

    beena sarwar


    Nov 16, 2012

    #Pakistan petition for #Malala for Nobel Peace Prize. Pl sign today! http://t.co/ZWvpQi2j … … … via @change @fispahani

    Bushra Gohar


    Nov 15, 2012

    Join me in signing this petition nominating Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize https://t.co/gdwbzlIL via @change #Pakistan

    Bakhtawar Bhutto Z


    Nov 10, 2012

    Just signed this petition for a Nobel Peace Prize for Malala. Please join me by signing too: http://t.co/HiKnTzGM #MalalaDay



    Nov 16, 2012

    Pl sign #Pakistan petition for #Malala 4 Nobel Peace Prize. http://t.co/gw78KKjB … … via @change"



    Nov 16, 2012

    Sr leaders from the #PPP, #ANP & #MQM have signed the #Pakistan #Malala4Nobel petition! Join us and sign at http://t.co/eGFc1MBj Thanks!

    farahnaz ispahani


    Nov 16, 2012

    "PPP, MQM, ANP, PML-Q, PML-N: Send letter nominating Malala Yusufzai for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize" http://t.co/5oaHweat via @fispahani

    Yusra Askari


    Oct 23, 2012

    Campaign to nominate #Malala for NobelPeacePrize now has 20,000 backers incl @KenneyJason, @BobRaeMP and @TheTorontoSun http://t.co/99lcA2lC

    Tarek Fatah


    Nov 15, 2012

    Send a letter to the Nobel Committee nominating Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize http://t.co/8H46KuJa via @change

    Aseefa B Zardari


    Nov 10, 2012

    Every girl has the right to an education. Supporting #Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize. #MalalaDay #TheGirlWhoStoodUp

    Salma Ataullahjan


    Oct 26, 2012

    RT “@najamsethi: Pl sign petition for Nobel Peace Prize to Malala. She represents the promised future of Pakistan. http://t.co/OyfE2Gj0”

    Nadeem F. Paracha


    Oct 25, 2012

    Pl sign petition to award Nobel Peace Prise to Malala Yousafzai. She represents the promised future of Pakistan. http://t.co/cPF70iyk

    Najam Sethi

    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      All countries, which have Muslims taken on humanitarian grounds from war-torn countries, have a terrorism and a security problem. All countries now have a Muslim rape culture and a culture Agitation against Christians. All countries are now confronted with FGM, honor killings, child marriages, forced marriages. Germany alone has information of the BKA of 42,000 violent Islamists, which were few of them in terrorist camps. The terrorists have often indigenous citizenship and the women of the family and the environment cover their backs. The women monitored nobody and that's the mistake. The terrorists infiltrate the country with their hate campaigns, often married local women to residence permits and get a good life. Just why do our governments tolerate what is so obvious. America has the data monitoring program so obviously installed because we Europeans are unable to search for peace and security in their own countries and because here terrorists allowed to move freely with its numerous sympathizers and at our expense, have a good life, that they answered at some point with terrorism of the worst kind, which can be bombings, attacks with chemical and biological weapons. Thats the thank you of them to us. This blindness of our governments must be stopped and these people belong in jail and they must also not taken in our countries, including the women who cover the misdeeds of these monsters and give them alibis. There are cases in the media more than enough. Our Governments need to act otherwise otherwise they will continue to be regarded by terrorists as pathetic cowardly and weak.

      We must save our countries. We must protect our democratic countries of Islamic terrorism! The irony of Muslim terrorism:

      Terrorism is the vilest crime because it robs people not only of their lives, but also of their safety and freedom.

      No one is safe from islamic terrorism, we need to protect our citizens and keep our children a safe democratic country.

      We are terrorized for 10 years by a Muslim ex-tenant and his friends, which have clearly Islamist contacts. No one does anything against it!

    • Nadia Al-Sakkaf SANA'A, YEMEN
      • about 1 year ago

      She resembles hope, courage and her plight and fight is also mine

    • Glenda Nelson ROCKVILLE, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      Women make up 50% of the population and deserve equal rights to a proper education ... I truly believe that educating ALL girls will change the world!

    • Dr.Kifayat ullah MINGORA, PAKISTAN
      • about 1 year ago

      she is the shining star in a dark sky

      • about 1 year ago

      Because of the girls education


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