Pakistani teen, Indian activist win Nobel Peace Prize

Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:35pm EDT
 
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By Balazs Koranyi, Alister Doyle and Gwladys Fouche

OSLO (Reuters) - Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian campaigner against child trafficking and labor Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Yousafzai, aged 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner and 60-year-old Satyarthi the first Indian-born winner of the accolade.

They were picked for their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

The sharing of the award between an Indian and a Pakistani came after a week of hostilities along the border of the disputed, mainly Muslim region of Kashmir - the worst fighting between the nuclear-armed rivals in more than a decade.

"The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism," said Thorbjoern Jagland, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, described the joint award "an innovative prize that brings attention to the problems of the young".

Satyarthi said he hoped to work with Yousafzai for peace.

"I will invite her to join hands to establish peace for our subcontinent, which is a must for children, which is a must for every Indian, for every Pakistani, for every citizen of the world," he said at the New Delhi office of his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood Movement.   Continued...

 
Combination picture of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Indian children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi (L) at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014, and Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations in the Manhattan borough of New York in a file picture taken August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Carlo Allegri