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Malala Yousafzai urged by Taliban to come back, join madrassa

Zeenews - July 17, 2013

Malala Yousafzai urged by Taliban to come back, join madrassa Islamabad: Days after Malala Yousufzai made a passionate appeal at the UN for the education of children, the Taliban on Wednesday asked the teenage activist to return to Pakistan and join a madrassa in the restive northwest.

Adnan Rashid, a Taliban fighter wanted for an attempt to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf, wrote a letter to Malala, who was shot in the head in a militant attack last year.

"I advise you to come back home, adopt the Islamic and Pashtun culture, join any female Islamic madrassa near your hometown, study and learn the book of Allah, use your pen for Islam and the plight of Muslim ummah and reveal the conspiracy of the tiny elite who want to enslave the whole humanity for their evil agendas in the name of a new world order," Rashid wrote.

The over 2,000-word letter was dated July 15 but it was not immediately clear from where it was issued. It was released to the media today.

Rashid, a former air force personnel, tried to justify the attack on 16-year-old Malala by claiming that she was involved in an "anti-Taliban campaign".

Malala Yousafzai urged by Taliban to come back, join madrassa"Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were an education lover; also please mind that Taliban or mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girls," he wrote.

"Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smear campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in Swat and your writings were provocative," he added.

Rashid further said the militants were not solely responsible for the destruction of schools, which he claimed were used by the Pakistan Army as barracks and transit camps.

He referred to Malala's speech at the UN on Friday and claimed that she was playing into the "hand of enemies".

Malala Yousafzai urged by Taliban to come back, join madrassa"You are using your tongue at the behest of others and you must know that if the pen is mightier than the sword, then the tongue is sharper and the injury of a sword can be healed but the injury of the tongue never heals, and in the wars a tongue is more destructive than any weapon," he wrote.

Rashid was allegedly involved in an attack at Musharraf in 2003 and was sentenced to death by a military court. In April last year, Rashid was among 384 prisoners who escaped from the Central Jail at Bannu in northwest Pakistan after it was attacked by scores of Taliban fighters.

Malala and her family are currently in Britain, where she was flown for treatment after the Taliban attack. In her speech at the UN, she pledged to keep working for the education of girls.

She said she was not against anyone and wanted "education for the sons and daughters of all the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists".

Malala said, "I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hands and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him."




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If it is authentic, it is a cruel joke of idiots who wanted her dead in the first place.
Shame on such people who claim to be real men who seek glory by attacking unarmed civilians. At that children like in schools. They put to shame the history of the Pashtuns/Afghans as brave and cavalier and not to be known by such barbaric acts.

No religion teaches you to kill children no matter what the reason.

Malala Yousafzai: Backlash against Pakistani teen activist spreads in her homeland

Days after 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai's powerful speech at the UN, social media users at home in Pakistan have called her a western stooge, a CIA spy and a prostitute.


Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist for girls' education who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October, stands next to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before giving her speech to the UN last week. Yousafzai has been criticized in her home of Pakistan as a tool of the West.

By: By Hamida Ghafour Foreign Affairs Reporter, Published on Fri Jul 19 2013

When a major Taliban commander wrote an open letter to schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, telling her that she deserved to be shot by the militants because she was running a “smear campaign” against them, the world was horrified.

Adnan Rasheed’s open letter to the outspoken defender of girls’ education shed light on the violent and paranoid mindset of the movement.

But a growing backlash in Pakistan against Malala has raised fears that the Taliban’s extremist rhetoric may be uncomfortably close to mainstream thinking.

On social media the 16-year-old, who last week made a passionate plea to world leaders at the UN to fund universal primary education, has been described as a western stooge, a CIA spy and even a prostitute.

Pakistani analyst Raza Ahmad Rumi tweeted: “If I were to take the hate tweets against Malala seriously, I would be in an asylum. The shock, horror, the utter insensitivity & misogyny.”

Malala’s heroic reputation abroad does not sit well at home.

Pakistani journalist Assed Baig wrote in a scathing Huffington Post comment piece that although he supported her cause, it had been “hijacked” by the “western saviour complex.”

“Malala is the good native, she does not criticize the West, she does not talk about the drone strikes, she is the perfect candidate for the white man to relieve his burden and save the native,” he wrote, referring to the U.S. drone program that has killed hundreds of Pakistanis.

The Taliban’s narrative also resonates with many people, wrote Zubair Torwali, head of the Centre for Education and Development in the Swat Valley, where Malala attended school and was nearly assassinated last October.

“At the social level, Taliban apologists have quite successfully managed to spread a warped mindset among ordinary Pakistanis, which sees the militants as pious people striving to establish an Islamic state, and their opponents as Western-educated liberal heathens,” he wrote in Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper.

Illiteracy and envy are fuelling many of the theories, including that the CIA staged Malala’s shooting to embarrass Pakistan, said Syed Irfan Ashraf, a columnist for Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper and anti-Taliban activist.

“People want to see things in black and white. They want to believe the western people want to get hold of this region, the resources, that they are behind the militancy and terrorism,” Ashraf said in an interview. “If they accepted what Malala is saying and accepted her as a daughter, then they would have to admit they are wrong.”

The Malala controversy also exposes confusion among mainstream political parties about how to tackle jihadist violence, which has killed 3,585 people so far this year, according to the South Asian Terrorism Portal database.

The government has remained pointedly silent about Malala’s speech, said Omar Waraich, Islamabad-based correspondent for Time magazine.

“The new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif doesn’t appear to have any particularly clear ideas on how to deal with militancy,” he told The Star. “They wanted to negotiate a settlement with the Pakistani Taliban, but the militants don’t appear willing to talk.”

But Rasheed’s letter should help lay one conspiracy theory to rest.

“The letter at least rebuffs the conspiracy theorists and shows that the Taliban are responsible for the attack,” Waraich said.



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Why should the militants be willing to talk? Is the current Pakistani leadership weak, or paralyzed by self-interest and in-fighting? Why is Malala looking like a burnt sacrifice even when so many of us have prayed for her recovery and cheered her courage in the face of depravity?

The poor and the middle class in Muslim countries like Pakistan are furious because of powerlessness in the face of political and economic corruption. They have turned to fundamentalist expressions of religion and extremist religious leadership to correct what for them is an intolerable situation.

This is a truth that goes back as far as the Iranian revolt which deposed the Pahlavi dynasty, the pea{censored} throne of Iran. The discontented in Pakistan are ringing the same bell. The western-educated and affluent symbolize economic corruption and are considered almost immovable obstacles to basic equity in society. Does it really matter to the small merchant in the market stalls who has been in charge? In practical terms Bhutto, Musharef, or the current triad leadership in Pakistan are one and the same to the ordinary Pakistani. Islamic fundamentalism sounds like a message of self-determination. Listen to the rhetoric. This is not the first time we have heard it. Ayatollah Khoumeni explained it well.

Malala now finds herself a scapegoat because she symbolizes all those things that are associated with a continuation of colonial status, but in a more cynical form. How have western powers behaved since the Balfour decision post 1922 which subdivided the middle and near east into satrapies having nothing to do with local cultural identities? Post World War 2 political scripts have been to back strongman governments (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq); or make war when the strongman won’t cooperate (Iraq); or subvert democratic movements (Algeria) because democratic leadership is hard to control; or fail to provide moral and economic support to democratic alternatives (Syria); or squabble over historical hegemonies and wait until the fog clears (Syria again); or back corruptible leadership because it is the easiest to control (Afghanistan). The same scripts have been implemented time and again for the past 60 years.

A more creative and bizarre strategy coming from the US was to propose the creation of SWAT in order to fence in the Taliban and thereby control their influence on the rest of Pakistan. The decision only gave Taliban ground to develop traction and a safe harbor from which to launch assaults beyond the boundaries of SWAT. Who could not see that coming from the outset? Who could not see they had traction they needed to gain support outside of the SWAT?

The major powers are not too mentally challenged to learn and therefore benefit from experience. They simply choose not to. Strategic interests of multinational corporations and the military positioning needed to support historic economic interests of Europe, Russia, North America and now China have consistently outweighed any political instinct to achieve social equity in the near and mideast. Ironically social equity would have been over the long-term the strategy that would have strangled the fundamentalism that gave birth to the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Islamic Front.

Yes, Malala has become a lightening rod because she seems to benefit from “all the west has to offer” which for generations has symbolized poverty, dependency and corrupt leadership. Sixty years after the end of World War 2, poverty, dependency and corrupt leadership has kept the rage of three generations of shopkeepers, day labourers, farmers, seamstresses and factory workers alive.

Finally before indulging in an anti-western rant or an anti-Islamic rant for that matter, let’s keep in mind that it was our great-grandfathers and grandfathers who set this debacle in motion. Most of us were not even born. Even if we wanted to preserve their strategic blueprint out of nothing more than economic self-interest, it might be too late. Even Tunisia, which seems to have the political imagination to balance out its political differences, may not be in the safety zone.

In my corner of the world, I will cheer on Malala because she symbolizes for me the indomitable human spirit that we must nourish because there are others like her who must lead all of us out of the bleak choice between greed and brutality.
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