Analysts anticipate good Pakistan and India relations

Kailash Satyarthi has pledged to work with Malala Yousafzai to end child labour in their region.

The Nobel Prize 2014 in Peace has been awarded to Indian Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani Malala Yousafzay on 10 October 2014. Picture: @ Nobel Peace Prize via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Analysts hope this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates will strengthen relations between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai shares the award with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Yousafzai became the youngest person to receive the accolade on Friday.

The 17-year-old gained global acclaim almost two years ago when she was shot in a bus on her way back from school by the Taliban because she was campaigning for girls to get an education.

While India and Pakistan are wracked by political tension, Satyarthi has pledged to work hand in hand with the teenager to end child labour in their region.

The 60-year-old has made his voice heard in the fight against child labour and slavery in India.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)'s Liesl Gerntholtz says this is very significant.

"She has also campaigned to end child labour and we know that child labour is one of the barriers to children entering and remaining in school."

Meanwhile, South African Nobel Peace Prize laureates delightfully welcomed the 2014 winners.

While Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said it's a wonderful affirmation of the youth and women, Dave Stewart, of the FW de Klerk Foundation, said they are pleased and welcome the Norwegian Nobel committee's decision.

"We believe that Miss Malala exemplifies the courage, spirit and optimism of a new generation."

At the same time, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a teenager this year is an honour for all students around the world who go to school in the face of adversity and conflict.