TTP vows to attack Malala again

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MIRANSHAH: The Pakistani Taliban on Monday said schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai had “no courage” and vowed to attack her again if they got the chance.

Gunmen sent by the Taliban tried to kill Malala on her school bus on October 9 last year.

She amazingly survived being shot in the head and has become a global ambassador for the right of all children, girls as well as boys, to go to school.

Having spread a message of “education for all” across the globe, the 16-year-old is now among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded on Friday.

But Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman for the main Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, slammed Malala and said they would try again to kill her.

“She is not a brave girl and has no courage. We will target her again and attack whenever we have a chance,” Shahid told AFP.

In an interview with the BBC, Malala dismissed the threats against her life and repeated her desire to return to Pakistan from Britain, where she was flown for treatment after the attack and where she now goes to school.

She first rose to prominence during the Taliban's 2007-09 rule in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley with a blog for the BBC Urdu service chronicling the rigours of daily life under the militants.

“She even used a fake name of Gul Makai to write a diary. We attacked Malala because she was used to speak against Taliban and Islam and not because she was going to school,” Shahid said.

While she has been feted by celebrities and world leaders across the West, in deeply conservative Swat Malala's achievements are eyed with suspicion by some.

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Hasan Zaman
Oct 07, 2013 08:04pm

And the Political Parties want to negotiate with TTP? It's not Malala, it's the TTP and Pakistan Govt. who have "no courage".

Oct 07, 2013 08:09pm

At the slightest rumor of insults to the religion we see so much violence in the street; But when these folks attempt to kill a young girl and after failing, again threaten to kill her, not even one fatwa is being issued against these goon. Why?

Zubair Nawaz
Oct 07, 2013 08:23pm

For this statement alone Mr Shahid needs to be hanged to the nearest pole !! This is a brand new definition of bravery - trying to kill an innocent little girl ! The damage these people are causing to the Muslim people around the world is un-measureable.

Oct 07, 2013 08:28pm

These murderers who target children are despicable and the lowest form of life on can anyone with a brain support these killers?...

Oct 07, 2013 08:40pm

What a brave man@ promising to kill a Girl!

Oct 07, 2013 08:49pm


Oct 07, 2013 08:50pm

These criminals have no conscious and must be dealt with iron fist.

Oct 07, 2013 09:06pm

So, what a shame for TTP. They are afraid of 16 years old girl.

Oct 07, 2013 09:14pm

What say IK ? You want to do business with them ?

Oct 07, 2013 09:17pm

Welcome to the stone age in Miranshah! And these people are trying to bring back Islam as they know??? Boggles my mind!!!

Oct 07, 2013 09:13pm

Of course only TTP has the courage and are brave enough men to attack a 16 year old unarmed girl again.

Oct 07, 2013 09:21pm

Oct 07, 2013 09:30pm

Yeah, negotiating with these neanderthals is a good idea Imran.

Oct 07, 2013 09:51pm

so TTP would go after kids if they speak their mind... hmm very Islamic

Oct 07, 2013 09:46pm

May Allah curse these wretched Talibans.

They have the audacity to say Malala is a coward when they themselves have been killing unarmed poor helpless people everywhere.

Oct 07, 2013 09:58pm

Don't worry, the 100s of millions of our brave men will protect her!

Oct 07, 2013 09:56pm

TTP displays a lot of courage when it takes on a school girl. Never in history has any organization stooped this low as to take on a child.

Oct 07, 2013 10:02pm

Taliban saying Malala has no courage. Shameless bunch of Hypocrites. Even animals do not harm their own kind what kind of creatures are they it boggles my mind.

Oct 07, 2013 10:06pm

and Pakistan government wants to hold talks with these people?????? You can not negotiate with terrorists. Before any talks TTP must renounce violence, lay down arms and hand over their members that are responsible of killing innocent people.

Oct 07, 2013 10:09pm

"The Pakistani Taliban on Monday said schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai had l coming no courage and vowed to attack her again if they got the chance." Look at these morons, who targeted a helpless 16 yr old girl while on her way back from school talk about courage. They are a shameless, brutal cowards attacking a little girl for speaking out against their unislamic hateful idealogy.

Oct 07, 2013 10:43pm

TTP accepts responsibility for attacking Malala and they make new threats but people still think its all a conspiracy and it was all fabricated.

Roxana R
Oct 07, 2013 10:50pm

One has to ask one's self why the Taliban are so fearful of and angry at a young girl. Isn't that crazy?

Oct 07, 2013 11:01pm

All the girls in Pakistan needs to become Malala. They need to become confident, brave and show courage to combat all the misdeeds of this society that are against them. They need to speak up against all the abuses that they are suffering from within their homes or outside. And regarding Taliban,we as a society needs to stand up against them as there is no hope with politicians and army.

Oct 07, 2013 11:18pm

The Taliban are not only a threat to Islam and Muslims but also a threat to the entire humanity. It is, therefore, the duty of all Muslims as well as all peace-loving Non-Muslims to join hands together to wipe out the extremists and militants, the enemies of humanity from every city, town, village, tribe and cave from the face of the earth. May Allah Help.

Oct 07, 2013 11:54pm

Taliban are vultures and they say that Malala has no courage. This should be the best joke of this century. Taliban are only good in attacking innocent civilians, polio vaccine, women and kids.

Oct 08, 2013 12:09am

and the people of this nation continue to wait for a high level meeting / dialogue between Mr.Shahid and Nawaz Sharif in the conference room of Mr.Khan's office . Its equivalent to saying "Malala we love you but we cannot give you justice because we are not courageous like you".

Swaran Singh
Oct 08, 2013 12:15am

The socalled big warlords threatening a little girl. What a shame. Education & a space to breath all she needs. Bravo Malala,. Allah the almighty will protect you. Swaran Singh

Oct 08, 2013 01:33am

Imran Khan will talk to the taliban soon....

Jawad U Rahman
Oct 08, 2013 01:41am

Oct 08, 2013 02:06am

This is the true, cowardly and vicious face of the taliban that their public relations agents like Imran Khan cover up with the masks of "pious warriors" and "invincible fighters".

Ali Abbas
Oct 08, 2013 02:02am

As long as we have Taliban sympathizers and people who keep making apologies for Talibans in Pakistan(and there are many of them in Pakistan based on the ignorant comments made by several Dawn readers) these savages will keep attacking and making threats against our daughters and mothers. Its appalling that people make comments such as , "Malala doesn't deserve any peace prize because she has not done anything" or "she is playing in hands of foreign countries and humiliating Pakistan". Most Pakistanis are now morally corrupt and mentally ill because they would rather align themselves with terrorists and have million different rationales for their support and oppose any enlightened person as long as they are perceived as "shaming the country". Is it any surprise that Pakistani's are most hated and often humiliated people in the world? If we keep up with this then we don't deserve having a country.

Oct 08, 2013 02:09am

Naeem Ayub
Oct 08, 2013 02:40am

And "we" talk of dialogue with animals who wage war against children - children who speak the truth!!

Oct 08, 2013 02:58am

"She is not a brave girl and has no courage" Look at Shahidullah, hiding in cave, saying that a 15 years old girl has no courage. Anyone thinking of talking to these lunatics is worse than them.

Oct 08, 2013 03:09am

No, it is not Malala who is coward but its Taliban who are cowards and disgusting who attack unarmed civilians and children. In this picture, look at the disgusting faces of these somewhat human looking figures but have no human attributes. It is time to eliminate these beasts systematically who have become a threat to modern human society.

V. C. Bhutani
Oct 08, 2013 03:24am

Malala has achieved celebrity status by her outspoken rejection of the thinking that informs the actions of the Pakistani Taliban. She says she wants to return to Pakistan and be a politician. By all means she has a right to work for the education of girls and boys and to be a politician. It is a cause for worry that after she returns to Pakistan she will be an easy target for the Taliban or for other armed groups. A country that failed to protect Benazir Bhutto is unlikely to be overly anxious to protect Malala or even have the capability to do so. If some people make it the business of their lives to kill somebody, they will succeed eventually. In Pakistan there seems to be no genuine sympathy for Malala

Azmat Khan
Oct 08, 2013 04:06am

Taliban, do not brag too much.Same threats were hurled at Musharraf Pervez.Life and death is in god's hands.

Oct 08, 2013 04:31am

PTI and JI will be happy to hear these words from the Taliban.

Oct 08, 2013 04:43am

Malala is not brave, you are. Why don't you Cowards come out in the open and have a one to one with me?
Oct 08, 2013 04:43am

Pakistani and other talibans are fanantics and mad people who have no idealogy but but to kill people and destroy peace . They are cowards.

Oct 08, 2013 04:53am

malala and TTP .. two side of the same coin .. spent to disturb and malign the image of pakistan

Oct 08, 2013 05:27am

"The Pakistani Taliban on Monday said schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai had

Oct 08, 2013 06:03am

Malala is not brave but you and your terrorist animals are brave so they shoot a small girl. Shame on you and other terrorists who brought bad name to Muslims, Islam and Pakistan.

Oct 08, 2013 06:17am

Shame on these so called Taliban who say Malala has 'no courage'. What sort of courage these beasts expect from a 16 years old Muslim girl.

Oct 08, 2013 06:29am

Actually Taliban are cowards for targeting innocent people including children. They have defamed Islam to the fullest. They have no education, code, humanity, or Islam in them. They are bunch of terrorists and that is their religion and that's it.

Oct 08, 2013 06:39am

One word come to mind....Janwar.

Oct 08, 2013 06:47am

wow, courage by these cowards. amazing.

Oct 08, 2013 07:31am

Political asylum in US or EU.

Oct 08, 2013 08:36am

These cowards are calling her a coward? Grown men trying to shoot a little school girl are calling her a coward? Tragically hysterical. Cowards that strike from the back.

Oct 08, 2013 08:45am

What a shame,for TTP, Pukhtoons, Pakistanis and Muslims.

Oct 08, 2013 08:50am

"We attacked Malala because she was used to speak against Taliban and Islam." So speaking against the Taliban equates to speaking against Islam???

Oct 08, 2013 09:13am

Shame on you TTP!

Oct 08, 2013 09:21am

Shame on the Government, Army & PTI for still supporting a dialogue with the Barbarians who are now openly threatening at will to eliminate the Democratic voices. PAKISTAN is not only getting closer to the Failed State Title but also HAS TRULY BECOME THE "BANANA REPUBLIC"!

Oct 08, 2013 09:21am

Shame on all those in favor of talking to these barbaric murderers

Oct 08, 2013 09:31am

Mullala no courage!!....and I guess these murderers think that attacking an unarmed girl to be courageous...It is totally against Pushtoon ethos and is certainly unIslamic

Oct 08, 2013 09:42am

Shame on them....

amaullah rabbani
Oct 08, 2013 10:13am

Yeah yeah Malala is coward and these ruthless murderers are brave attacking a minor girl and still couldn't shot her at point blank. These cowards attacking children and women across Pakistan considered themselves as brave. They are insane and they deserve to be treated at some good rehabilitation centre. If they are the so called defenders of Islam, they should know a famous saying in Urdu, Jis ko Allah Rakhey, us ko ko kon chakhey!!! Non sense muderers!!!!

Oct 08, 2013 10:20am

Malala is being used by west to promote hatered against the true muslims (Taliban), if she want to promote education, why is she not promoting Quran (The book of Allah) which is the best guide for humanity?

Sikander Zulqarnain Cheema
Oct 08, 2013 11:51am

another baqwas statement from Talibaan... they can only kill innocent peoples...

Gerry D'Cunha
Oct 08, 2013 01:29pm

looks like the talibans have lost their man-hood (na mardh) in attacking the womens and girls who are weaker sex - shame on them in alo bringing bad name to their religion 'islam'

Haider Hasmi
Oct 08, 2013 01:42pm

with the blessing of Imran Khan & Nawaz Sharif

Haider Hasmi
Oct 08, 2013 01:39pm

worst Chief Of Army Kayani who has brought nothing but shame to the greatest and courageous military

Oct 08, 2013 02:06pm

Bring back Pervez Musharraf the only leader to try to stop the Taliban.

Oct 08, 2013 04:46pm

Absolutely disgusting people !!!

Oct 08, 2013 10:45pm

@Ali Abbas: You are absolutely correct in saying that most Pakistanis are now morally corrupt and mentally ill because they would rather align themselves with terrorists and have million different rationales for their support and oppose any enlightened person as long as they are perceived as "shaming the country". Is it any surprise that Pakistani's are most hated and often humiliated people in the world? If we keep up with this then we don't deserve having a country.

Further to the afore-mentioned, I would say that Imran Khan and PML-N party members and all the so called religious parties consider the Taliban as their brothers in faith, and so they they will continue to support the Taliban both covertly and overtly.

Oct 08, 2013 10:58pm

Malala Yusufazai must be facing an overwhelming situtation.

First the attack on her,next the health issues that came with it,her security and nomination for Nobel Prize and to top it all feted by the one and all-politicians and the show business world.

I sincerely hope that she has a few pairs of steadying hands and shoulders to lean on and bring her life back to normality as it should exist for a school girl and a vulnerable teen!.

Good luck Malala,whereever you are!

Naseem Altaf
Oct 08, 2013 11:42pm

Taliban's concept of courage and bravery ! To entice and brainwash young people or teenagers into wearing the suicide bomber's jacket and murder some dozen innocent people.

To pull the trigger of AK47 and guns at unsuspecting people and then run away. Their teachings give them the license to kill: it is different from the teachings of Holy Quran and the holy prophet S.A.W. They mis-use the name of Islam. We need to get free of our culture of fear and timidity; to rid ourselves, our country, and our coming generations of this scourge of violence & ignorance.

Oct 08, 2013 11:42pm

@pakiboy: Malala has not done anything to malign Pakistan. She has done a lot for her fellow children,girls, and Pakiatan. BTW, pakiboy, what have you done till now for Pakistan.

Oct 09, 2013 08:53am

Pakistan must allow America to use satellite to track terrorists who roam with arms such as shown in the above picture and bomb them using drones or other lethal means. These people have no right to roam with weapons and they must be put to sleep.

Ghalib Khan
Oct 09, 2013 10:49am

This TTP, Savages should be caught and kept behind bars , and public should allowed to throw stones at them everyday, their wounds should be treated so they can be hit with stones again and again.

Only leader who has courage to fight these savages is Gen Musharraf.

Oct 09, 2013 01:31pm

@Haider Hasmi: Can you tell why is this military "greatest" and "courageous"? Any specific examples of the past you have in mind?

Oct 09, 2013 03:30pm

A brave girl with books in hand is threat to dangars (animals) with guns :-)

Prof. Ansari
Oct 09, 2013 03:53pm

Malala is playing in the hands of enemies of Islam and they are using Malala as a tool to malign Islam and Muslims.

Oct 10, 2013 08:57pm

@Prof. Ansari: And TTP is the agent of enemies of Islam by fueling this conspiracy by issuing such statements are you in your senses Mr. Ansari