Malala misses Nobel Peace Prize; Taliban 'delighted'
12 October, 2013
OSLO: Despite Malala Yoususfzai being the hottest contender for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded with the honour on Friday.
The announcement was made in Oslo, Norway today.
Malala was nominated for her tireless efforts to promote women's education, despite an assassination attempt and continuous threats from the Taliban.
There were 259 candidates contending for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 including Russian President Vladimir Putin and whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning.
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the weapons watchdog, currently working in Syria won. It was not the first time an organisation has won.
The Prize has been awarded 24 times to organisations between 1901 and 2012, including to UNHCR, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban said Friday they were "delighted" Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist they tried to kill, missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shot Malala in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against them. After the shooting she was flown to Britain for specialist care and made a remarkable recovery, going on to become a global ambassador for children's rights.
Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP the 16-year-old had done nothing to deserve the Nobel, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.
"We are delighted that she didn't get it. She did nothing big so it's good that she didn't get it," Shahid said by telephone from an undisclosed location. "This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular."
Malala had won the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday. To thunderous applause announcing the European Parliament prize, the assembly's president, Martin Schulz said "Malala bravely stands for the right of all children to be granted a fair education. This right for girls is far too commonly neglected."
The parliament's vote for Malala from a shortlist of three nominees "acknowledges the incredible strength of this young woman," Schulz added. Malala was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban on October 9 last year.