A man holds a copy of Malala Yousafzai
A man holds a copy of Malala Yousafzai's autobiography, "I am Malala". — Photo AP

MIRAMSHAH, Oct 10: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has warned that those found selling “I am Malala” — the book authored by Malala Yousufzai — will face serious action as she had not performed any act of bravery but swapped her religion Islam with secularism for which she is being rewarded.

Talking to this correspondent on phone on Thursday, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said they knew that Malala would get awards from the enemies of Islam.

“Malala abandoned Islam for secularism for which she is being given awards,” he said, adding that the media and the international community should keep in mind that students of Jamia Hafsa, Islamabad, were never given any award despite their immense bravery.

“The Taliban will not lose an opportunity to kill Malala Yousufzai and those who were found selling her book will be targeted.”

He denied that Swat TTP commander Maulana Fazlullah had been killed in an ambush as reported by the media from the Kunar province of Afghanistan.

He also said the government was not serious about talks with the Taliban.

“We are not killing innocent people. A third force is targeting common people to malign the Taliban,” he said.

Updated Oct 11, 2013 06:05am

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Anny
Oct 11, 2013 09:25am

Why are we holding peace talks with these people? Why???

mohni
Oct 11, 2013 09:25am

Wo jo Bacheeion se bhi dar gai!

Saad(DXB)
Oct 11, 2013 10:14am

“We are not killing innocent people. A third force is targeting common people to malign the Taliban,” he said. Yeah sure... And the thousands of people Taliban have killed and openly taken the responsibility for, were all NOT INNOCENT. TTP leadership reminds me of the kid throwing massive tantrums and doing all things evil to have things his way , in the classic horror movie called 'The Omen'

yousafhaque
Oct 11, 2013 11:07am

The British and French learnt their lesson in 15th century,after they burnt the heavenly voice of Joan of Arc,along with her person,that fire can't burn the truth and righteousness.I can not say how many Joans shall we have to destroy before we learn our lesson

Addy
Oct 11, 2013 11:44am

Nobody dare malign the true 'stakeholders' in this country.

wanderer
Oct 11, 2013 11:44am

Mallala has become mullah's nightmare. Some how the other it reminds me the story of Musa and Pharaoh. The antidot to taliban has emerged from within deeps of their breast. As usual, the knee jerk operation of the taliban is such like tactics of banning the book, which every body knows will damage their cause and character more.

afzalkhan
Oct 11, 2013 12:28pm

Shame on those who call themselves men! These Talibs are scared and nothing without guns and bombs. Put them amongst women and women would shame them, let alone them confronting real men! Amazes me that newspapers even carry their mindless statements! On the matter of talking to them .. surely talk to them but make a clear statement: Once peace is established, any clear crimes against humanity (especially killings of innocent civilians) shall be investigated and those Taliban found complicit would be jailed for life without parole. THEN LETS TALK!

Ali
Oct 11, 2013 12:50pm

Afraid of a little girl. That's how brave the barbaric jihadis are.

observer
Oct 11, 2013 01:42pm

“We are not killing innocent people. A third force is targeting common people to malign the Taliban,” he said

Err...

and who or what is the Second Force? Please.

VIPIN
Oct 11, 2013 02:22pm

I AM SURE THESE TALI BAN MEMBERS SHOULD BE EITHER KILLED BRUTALLY OR PUT AT SOME MENTAL HOSPITAL.THEY THINK SECULARISM IS A CRIME.BECAUSE OF THESE BARBARIANS NOW ALL THE MUSLIMS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AS TERRORISTS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.PEOPLE STARTED TO BE AFRAID OF MUSLIMS EVEN IF THEY ARE INNOCENT AND PURE.YOU KNOW MOST OF THE COUNTRIES MUSLIMS FIND IT DIFFICULT TO GET A RENTED HOUSE BECAUSE EVERYBODY FEELS ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS AND IF WE ALLOW THEM TO STAY THEY WILL START COMMITTING SOME TERRORIST ACTIVITY FROM THERE

rich
Oct 11, 2013 02:31pm

@Ali: well said ali

ailly
Oct 11, 2013 02:58pm

Taliban statements should be taken altogether in different perspective, first they denied shooting her, then accepted it and later in utter shambolic mental state they regretted this.

now, they are beholding and forbidding book sellers not to sell this book ?...

Talibans are not serious in talk or peace negotiations .... if they keep on hoodwinking and denying these negotiations and keep threatening I would like to see a massive counter attack on their hide-outs and see them killed one by one since they are obviously delaying peace dialogues on someone's agenda for which they are being paid up.

at the same time would request our print and electronic media to please stop it calling 'jihadis' or 'jihad' and start promoting their agenda on media.

Aamir
Oct 11, 2013 03:51pm

Simply scared................. scared to death are these Taliban..... they do not know what to do. Sometimes, they feel sorry and write letter, sometimes they pledge to attack her again, sometime they try to ignore............the fact is Taliban could not handle a the words of a teenager. Of course, it always takes a kid to tell, The Emperor Has No Clothes

Azmat Khan
Oct 11, 2013 04:02pm

Only the Taliban know what is Islam.Every body else does not know. Why are the Islamic clerics silent on this issue?

mike
Oct 11, 2013 05:02pm

Good job Malala, you did what Army coud not do, frustrate your opponents....keep it up...

krishna prasad
Oct 11, 2013 05:10pm

Why is the government a silent spectator and where are the so called "leaders' , "men of character" and brave souls of the establishment/forces? Why cann't they denounce and ridicule the Talib's statements ? Where is the chivalry? Gone to dogs? One teenager can bring hope to the country and the world. Are so many adult matured leaders in Pakistan? I doubt.

Sheena
Oct 11, 2013 05:07pm

What else they could do --- Zaalimaans the frustrated cowards. The world is now enjoying the irritation of these fools. The young girl has outclassed them on every combat with her courage and determination.

Sheena
Oct 11, 2013 05:12pm

This is what we call in Urdu "Seenay per Moong Dalna" Lol and this is what Malala is doing with Zalimaan with her every action & statement.

Taimur
Oct 11, 2013 05:53pm

"students of Jamia Hafsa, Islamabad, were never given any award despite their immense bravery" - they call hijacking bravery...

“We are not killing innocent people. A third force is targeting common people to malign the Taliban,” ..and previously they accepted the responsibility for attacking mosques and innocent people - We pray for the curse of Allah upon those who tell lie

Raja
Oct 11, 2013 06:10pm

@mike: Malala and Army are one entity. Both are striving and not fighting; for peace and education. Both are working for the betterment of humanity by sacrificing so much. What Pakistan Army has done; has become a text book case for rest of the armies. There are lot of lessons for them. Only seeing is believing. Number of dignatries from around the globe have visited Swat and other troubled areas where normalcy has returned with joint efforts of the forces and the locals. What for? What Malala is doing probably, others in the west and else where need to follow.

Muffi
Oct 11, 2013 06:39pm

These comments will boost sale of her book, Taliban are marketing for her book :) Good Job Malala

Akram
Oct 11, 2013 06:48pm

This threat to kill someone over a book, just about sums up the wanton ignorance of the TTP. They are Jahil to the core, they wouldn't even know what the word Islam means let alone what it stands for, or the very beginning of the Quran which is of course; Read!

Akram
Oct 11, 2013 06:53pm

It is true after all; the pen is mightier than the sword.

joe
Oct 11, 2013 07:04pm

These are cowards, let these Stupid Talibans have a hand to hand fight with like real man, they will loose. Because they are afraid of little girl Malala.

illawarrior
Oct 11, 2013 07:17pm

The Taliban is not the government. It cannot tell anyone what to do or not to do!

illawarrior
Oct 11, 2013 07:20pm

@wanderer: the minute any book or movie is banned, the sales / viewings skyrocket. No-one would even have heard of "Innocence of Muslims" movie, if it had not been banned.

Ash
Oct 11, 2013 07:29pm

@VIPIN: Jinnah said these words in his speech 1948 " Pakistan to be a secular state in which every citizen would be free to follow his own religion"

Ahat
Oct 11, 2013 08:24pm

How Openly Taliban are saying against Malala and Pakistani Muslims has no choice to follow it :)

Shahpur
Oct 11, 2013 09:29pm

It shows the power of Taliban, and power of Pakistani government.

Gerry D'Cunha
Oct 11, 2013 10:19pm

muslims should 'jihad' against the talibans for defaming islam - the talibans are the biggest enemies of islam who are trying to impose their style of islam on the muslims of pakistan

Ashraf
Oct 11, 2013 10:18pm

@Azmat Khan: Majority of the clerics in Pakistan consider the Taliban as sacred beings or soldiers of Allah, who will continue to carry out the jihad to spread the "real Islam". That's why most of the clerics defend Taliban's actions on one pretext or another, and also support them. They think some day they will rule the world.

Imran A.
Oct 11, 2013 11:56pm

@krishna prasad: they are trying to negotiate with them. If they praise Malala, Taliban will object to it. No amount of logic or common sense can be applied when it comes to the students (taliban)

Samir
Oct 12, 2013 12:43am

useless Taliban they are absolutely a cancer to society and humanity. All they know is hate, death, destruction, intolerance ALL these elements are against what Islam teaches us...now Taliban scared of a book from a Girl!

rahim
Oct 12, 2013 12:47am

I hope this book sells like hot cakes everyone buy 2 copies. I to read and one to stick up the posterior of a Taliban if/when encountered for safe keeping.

Wasim Raja
Oct 12, 2013 12:44am

I agree we collect all these books and collect all the Taliban and make a giant pyre and set it on flame burn the Taliban with the books everyone happy!

Najma Malik
Oct 12, 2013 12:49am

This brave girl has single handedly defeated the Taliban with her words without a single bullet! As the holy prophet said the pen is mightier than the sword! Indeed it is and always will be.

kdspirited
Oct 12, 2013 12:59am

Godspeed Malala and it is the duty of every Pakistani to buy and read her book. This is true revenge of the thousands that these Talibans have killed. They cannot stop people from getting their fundamental rights to education.

samir
Oct 12, 2013 12:59am

all these Taliban, mullahs, ullahs, all these useless so called preachers and experts of Islamic religion are shaking at their knees now that God's own words and truth and come out through people like this girl speaking of love, peace, tolerance, respect, education..... good bye Taliban and all the mullahs and ullahs you all are no longer relevant we can now google everything no need for your advice we can find our own answers!

sabri
Oct 12, 2013 12:55am

Now the entire world knows about these Taliban they have become obsolete and soon extinct...they are not compatible with humanity and civilized society.

AKA
Oct 12, 2013 05:11am

YOU KNOW I WILL BUY 100 COPIES OF IT.TALIB NOT GONNA STOP PAKISTANI TO BUY THIS BOOK.

H.Arro
Oct 12, 2013 07:21am

Leading voice of secularism,in a mad mad world of theocracy

Sannah
Oct 12, 2013 03:48pm

“The Taliban will not lose an opportunity to kill Malala Yousufzai and those who were found selling her book will be targeted.”

“We are not killing innocent people. A third force is targeting common people to malign the Taliban,” he said.

Apparently selling books surmounts to an unforgivable sin in the eyes of talibans and they will not hesitate going on another killing spree just to prove their point that they are right and everyone else is wrong. And yet they still have the audacity to say they are not killing "innocent people" after years of death and devastation they have brought on this county, assassinating their own Muslim brothers and sisters, blowing up schools to deny women the right of being educated, carrying suicide attacks all over the country and terrorizing the innocent.

These scums are deluded by their own lies and petty agendas to a point that they believe whatever comes out of their mouths and those representing them is the true word of God.

Malala did not abandon Islam, she abandoned the idea of women being subjugated and denied their utmost right of being educated and emancipated. Something that is unacceptable to taliban who only seek to forcefully implement their corrupted version of religion and enslave everyone with their ignorance.