"The MMA government banned CD and DVD shops and wanted to create a morality police like the afghan Taliban had set up. the idea was that they would be able to stop a woman accompanied by a man and require her to prove that the man was her relative. Thankfully, our supreme court stopped this. Then, MMA activists launched attacks on our cinemas and tore down billboards with pictures of women or blacked them out with paint."(97)
One way to examine this text is to ask: "What is the government like?"
The Pakistan government is described by Malala as incompetent. The Taliban do lots of bad things, especially discriminating against things that they saw as 'un-islamic', and the government doesn't do anything because they are focused on other countries like America, and India. In the book, the Taliban becomes the main government of Swat Valley, where Malala lives. If you were even slightly
anti-Taliban, there would be severe consequences. However, if it was supporting the Taliban, there were no consequences, even if it was against islam.
Another way to examine this text is to ask: "how do people interact with this place?"
Swat Valley is a beautiful valley, And it was common for children to play cricket on the street and have picnics in the fields, but the Taliban enforced a curfew, and it was another way that Swat changed under the Taliban rule. there were also buddha statues that were seen as un-islamic, and they were blown up. In the town square, the Taliban left dead bodies with notes pinned to them saying warnings. Swat is not as beautiful as before, and Malala doesn't think it ever will be. The Taliban not only destroyed the people in the valley, but the valley itself.
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