“I’m not Malala; I’m safe in my own country,” says Kashmiri activist, countering Pakistani propaganda in the UK.

Any attempt by Pakistan to mislead the youth of Kashmir will not happen again, says Kashmiri activist and journalist Yana Mir. A response made by Kashmiri activist and journalist Yana Mir is a proof of how proud every Kashmiri is in India’s security, debunking Pakistan’s propaganda to tarnish India’s image internationally. She told the UK Parliament that she is completely safe and free in Kashmir, which is part of India.

I am not Malala Yousafzai because I am free and safe in my country India. I never needed to flee to your country from my homeland, Kashmir which is part of India. “I will never be Malala Yousafzai, but I will oppose my country, my progressive motherland, if it is defamed by calling it oppressed,” she said.

Yana Mir strongly condemned Pakistan’s fake propaganda in her speech at the ‘Sankalp Diwas’ function hosted by the UK Parliament in London. She also appealed to the international media community to stop dividing the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I am not Malala Yousafzai who fled her country due to dire threats of terrorism. “Because I am sure that my country will always stand strong and united against the forces of terrorism,” she responded.
“I am against such toolkit members from social media and international media who are concocting stories of oppression from there, never interested in visiting Indian Kashmir,” Mir told the UK Parliament.

I request you to stop polarizing Indians in the name of religion. We won’t let you break us. On this year’s Sankalp Divas, I hope separatists living in UK and Pakistan will stop defaming my country through international media or international human rights forums.

Stop the unwanted selective responses and stop trying to polarize the Indian community by reporting from your UK living rooms. Thousands of Kashmiri mothers have already lost their children to terrorism. Stop coming after us and let my Kashmiri community live in peace. Thank you Jai Hind,’ she added.

At the event, Mir also received the Diversity Ambassador Award for championing diversity in the J&K region. Further, she explained the progress made after the abrogation of Article 370, emphasizing on better security, government initiatives and utilization of funds. Yana also praised the efforts of the Indian Army, including deradicalisation programs and significant investment in sports education for the youth, to counter media narratives that discredit the Indian Army.