A Pakistani politician is calling for an official ban on Malala and other female Pakistani artists.
“I am asking the government to take immediate steps against all such acts that will bring harm to the country,” Faisal Mahmood said on Friday.
Mahmood, who represents the party of Prime Minister Imran Khan, said the concert should have been held at a venue that was open to the public.
The event, called ‘Malala Youdafzai: Live in Islamabad’, was organized by the Pakistani Cultural Foundation, which is headed by Yousfzai.
A Pakistani film director, Shamsi Ahmed, also announced the cancellation of the event, which he said would be held in his hometown of Rawalpindi.
Ahmed said the government should be able to take steps against the concert, including banning performances of female performers.
But he also said the country’s cultural heritage is at stake and the country needs to respect it.
He called on people to boycott the event.
Malala, a Pakistani activist and author of the 2014 book, ‘The Battle for Freedom’, was shot and killed in the Mingora area of the country last year by Taliban militants.
Pakistan has been one of the most controversial countries for years for its restrictions on women’s rights, particularly its strict laws that prohibit women from working outside the home.
Many female politicians have faced abuse and death threats, but have never been prosecuted for their actions.
Since her death, Malala’s supporters have launched an online campaign to demand the government prosecute those responsible.
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