UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “happy” on Nobel Peace Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai’s marriage in Birmingham, England, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Malala tied the knot with Asser Malik, general manager of the PCB’s High-Performance Centre, in an intimate nikah ceremony at her residence on Tuesday.
“We are so happy for her; we wish her and her husband a life of joy and happiness,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told APP when asked for the UN chief’s reaction.
Dujarric added, “I think anyone who looked at the photo of her and her future husband and was not moved, has a heart of stone!”
Malala has been called by top United Nations officials as the the daughter of the UN. Th Secretary-General has designated her as a UN Messenger of Peace.
It may be recalled that Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls’ education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who survived being shot aged 15 by a Taliban gunman in her native Pakistan in 2012, has got married, she said on social media on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old, who lives in Britain, said she and her new husband, who she named only as Asser, had wed in the city of Birmingham and celebrated at home with their families.
“Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,” she wrote on Twitter, adding four pictures to her post.
Malala is revered in many parts of the world, especially in Western countries, for her personal courage and her eloquence in advocating for the rights of girls and women. In Pakistan, her activism has divided public opinion.
As recently as July this year, Malala told British Vogue magazine that she was not sure if she would ever marry. “I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?” she was quoted as saying in a lengthy profile.
The comment drew criticism from many social media users in Pakistan at the time. The 24-year-old wore a tea pink outfit paired with simple jewellery. Her husband is Asser Malik, the general manager of the PCB’s High Performance Centre. He wore a simple suit and matched his tie to her outfit.
Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai also posted on Twitter about the news. It is beyond words. Toor Pekai and I are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Alhamdulillah.
Her friend also posted pictures from the nikkah featuring a beaming Malala
In an interview to Vogue in June, Malala spoke about valuing partnership over marriage. She discussed her friends all finding partners but not being sure what she wanted herself. “You know, on social media, everyone’s sharing their relationship stories, and you get worried…If you can trust someone or not, [and] how can you be sure.
“I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?” she had said. Well, it looks like Malala has found her partner and we couldn’t be more glad for her.
Asar Malik is the general manager high performance at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He joined the organisation in May 2020, according to his Linkedin profile.
Malik has previously worked with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans as an operational manager and he also ran a player management agency. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 2012 from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Following the Nikkah ceremony, the couple took to social media and posted pictures of the ceremony.
Malala also posted four photos from the Nikkah ceremony in which she could be seen posing alongside her newlywed husband, Asser, as well as her parents, Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai Yousafzai. For her big day, Malala wore a melon-pink outfit adorned with gold embroidery. Her Nikkah pictures were captured by her friend, Malin Fezehai, who is a photographer and visual journalist.
Meanwhile, PPP leader Aseefa Bhutto Zardari felicitated Malala and hoped that the newly-wed couple finds every joy together. “May your journey be blessed at every turn. Sending you love & duas,” she said.