Swat Valley is to be named after Teenage Chronicler Malala Yousafzai by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa Government. It will be called "Malalistan", thus becoming the first region to be named after a woman.
Many women in the valley welcomed the decision and uttered many words of appreciation. "Finally the Government has realized that a region should be named after a female. The move does not only honour Malala, but all the girls of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa,” said Sumaira.
"Malala is the daughter of this land, an upholder of girls’ rights and an activist who fights for the education of girls. There is no joy greater than that of living in Malaistan," said Neelam.
Girls from Swat expressed great pride over the fact that Malala belonged to their land. However, happiness over the Government’s decision to rename Swat was mingled with surprise.
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