Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was targeted by the Taliban for defending girls' right to education, delivered a widely-praised public speech
to the United Nations Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday -- but she also faced backlash from within her own country.
Pakistani columnist and novelist Bina Shah tells Q guest host Gill Deacon why middle-class Pakistanis are divided over the Western fascination with Malala and her speech, and why some argue that she distracts from more pressing issues that the country is facing.
"I think Malala is a lightning rod, and what happened to her forces us to confront who we are and what we stand for," said Shah. "She's making us ask difficult questions of ourselves and there are people who are not comfortable with this process."