PESHAWAR : Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday regretted over media reports suggesting that launch of Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousufzai’s book was stopped after ‘intervention’ by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. “I am at a loss to understand why Malala’s book launch has been stopped in Peshawar. PTI believes in freedom of speech/debate, not censorship of ideas,” the PTI chief said in his message on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the stoppage of the book launch has created outcry on social media. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari tweeted: “Pathetic of PTI government to ban Malala’s book. This is censorship! Where is our freedom of speech and expression?”.

According to media reports a ceremony to launch Malala Yousufzai’s book ‘I am Malala’ scheduled at the University of Peshawar on Tuesday was stopped by the university after intervention by the KPK provincial government.

Sources at the University of Peshawar where the book launch was scheduled to take place told a private TV channel that the Khyber Pakhutnkhawa government excused itself from providing security during the event.

The MQM said the Khyber Paktunkhwa government stopping the book launch was a violation of freedom of expression.