NEW YORK – Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Pakistani Nobel Peace laureate, criticized the US President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending refugee arrival and entry from seven Muslim countries, NDTV reported.

Yousafzai said, “I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war,” and urged the president not to abandon the world’s “most defenseless.”

“In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families,” she added in a statement issued after the orders of Trump.

“I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life,” she said.

Yousafzai shared Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a fellow education activist. Currently, she lives in England.

On Friday Donald Trump signed an executive order putting a ban on entry of Muslims from seven countries and suspending the entire US refugee resettlement program.

Fulfilling the promise he made during the nail-biting election campaign, at a ceremony to swear in James Mattis as his secretary of defence, Trump signed a decree entitled: ‘Protection of the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States’.

Initially, the US refugee resettlement program had been suspended for 120 days so that the new Trump administration could establish new, possibly stricter, vetting rules for visa applicants.