Rage running out

Published Oct 10, 2012 07:48am

Malala Yousufzai – photo courtesy Nighat Dad

I surprised myself on the day young Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban in Swat. I was surprised at how calmly (or with such overt apathy) I absorbed the terrible news.

I usually get extremely restless, and fall rapidly in and out of bouts of anger and rage whenever I hear about the madness, the mayhem and the murder being so seamlessly committed in this country against soldiers, cops, politicians, and more importantly, against the civilians, by a host of ogres, in the name of faith, fight and freedom.

But all that rage betrayed me on the day young Malala was stopped, identified and shot point-blank in the head by those who claim to have brought a superpower to its knees (the Soviet Union) and are now fighting the good fight (ordained by the Almighty), to bring down another superpower, the US.

Yes, dear faithful and fellow revolutionaries, our heroes, the ones whose lives are being cut short and mutilated by the American drones, Pakistani fighter jets, soldiers and cops, this time gallantly decided to take on their greatest enemy: The educated young female.

I went numb. It was the strongest bout of apathy I have felt in years.  But just for a moment I did want to see the look on the faces of those who have been obsessively raising the drone argument every time they are faced with the embarrassing task of explaining (if not outright justifying) a hideous task of those whose name they dare not speak, but to whom they want to ‘talk peace.’

But then, I remembered. I remembered how when the ‘Swat flogging video’ (in which a member of the Taliban was publicly flogging a woman), was released to the mainstream TV channels, a Taliban spokesperson justified it.

His gloating was followed by a journalist, who fancies himself as a great crusader of a free judiciary, and who agreed with the spokesperson (live on TV), and then angrily took to task his own news group for repeatedly running the video.

Hours later after realising that their justifications, shamelessly constructed on their clearly distorted interpretations of religious scriptures and Pushtun traditions, had failed to stem the tide of condemnation that came charging in from across the country, the apologists suddenly changed their tune.

To them, suddenly, now the video was not showing a beating of a young woman according to the scriptures or Pushtun customs anymore; now it was a farce.

Yes, hours later a new delusion had been convoluted in to shape: The video was a ‘fake.’

Such apologists can be found across religious parties (even in some non-religious ones), across sections of the mainstream media, and within even large segments of the so-called educated urban middle-classes.

To them, when holy warriors kill cops and soldiers, they are doing so because of the American drone attacks in the tribal areas of north-west Pakistan.

But one does wonder: When a drone hits an area and takes out militants (as targets) and common civilians (as collateral damage), how come the enraged warriors add Sufi shrines populated with humble, homeless fakirs, mosques packed with worshippers, and markets buzzing with men, women and children to their list of enemies that are to be attacked ruthlessly through bombs and suicide nuts?

And so I remembered. I remembered the showering of the cold-blooded killer of former Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, with rose petals.

This killer gleefully pumped multiple rounds of bullets into the Governor’s body in Islamabad because in his peanut-sized (and yet congested and contaminated) brain he was sure the Governor was a ‘blasphemer.’

Was he asked to repent? Or forced to think about what he had just done: i.e. played God by deciding whom to send flying into hell? No.

Groups of wild-eyed lawyers in Lahore were seem showering rose petals on him, and a political outfit, one of whose heroes, Islamic scholar Sarfraz Naeemi, was slaughtered by the Taliban, hailed Taseer’s killer as a beloved soldier of Islam.

It was as if one sub-sect of Sunni Muslims was trying to outdo the other sect; and both trying to outdo one another in the art of grabbing the headlines through committing the most brutal atrocity, all done and glorified in the name of faith, ‘anti-imperialism,’ cleansing the country of heretics, et al.

And their apologists will make sure that the people be reminded over and over again the following: Cops are killed, soldiers beheaded, worshipers blown up in mosques and shrines, and innocent men, women and children slaughtered in markets because of drone attacks. And if a holy brute is caught red-handed inflicting an atrocity that cannot be justified with this convoluted explanation, then, of course, either there’s a conspiracy to ‘give Islam a bad name’ (through ‘fake videos’), or the perpetrator is not a Muslim.

This is not just said in a figurative manner. It has a profound literal ring to it as well: He’s not a Muslim because he’s some uncircumcised non-Muslim recruited by ‘anti-Islam forces’ to discredit Islam and those gallant, bold men who are fighting a superpower to turn Pakistan into a citadel of true Islam.

Remember that, fellow faithfuls and revolutionaries. Send out the message through bulk SMS deals, Tweet it, paste it on your Facebook profiles, shout it out in mosques and on TV channels.

Oh, how wonderful it would have been for these fools had it been a drone missile that had stopped Malala’s school van, identified her and then attacked her. Pakistan would have erupted and carried ‘true believers’ and courageous men to the seat of power and better still, the new caliphate.

I sincerely apologise to young Malala for being unable to demonstrate any worthwhile anger or rage for what happened to her. I apologise for this rage fatigue.

In just 14 years she has gone through and achieved so much more than I have (or can) in my forty-plus years.

Remember also, fellow Muslims, what astray Muslims like me say is a pit of tar-like delusions in which we have fallen, is actually a doorway beyond which lies salvation and the glorious path to a revolutionary and pious life and a comfy afterlife.

A monster does what a monster does and a mere condemnation of him is a farce.

But yes, those who really deserve condemnation are us Pakistanis as a people. I apologise to Malala for a society who has forgotten to apologise. Half of it is busy frantically convoluting scenarios to explain away this cowardly act and hold on to the delusions upon which they construct their politics and fire their oh-so-revolutionary rhetoric; while the other half, like me, are sinking (or being sunk) into a sticky puddle of apathy and cynicism.

Both are a far cry from what Malala was. Nay, is! Jeeti Raho.

 


Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com

 

 


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Aamir
Oct 10, 2012 04:29pm
Bravo Mr. Paracha! One of the best articles I have read on this website. Pretty much sums up today's Pakistan. Last time, I was in Pakistan, I was shocked to see how extremism has taken over a normal so called educated person. It was devastating to hear some doctors and lawyers in my family justifying the killing of Salman Taseer. Drones might be the only solution left at this point. This cancer has spread so deep, we need to accept the collateral damage that comes with it.
Aizaz Moin
Oct 10, 2012 01:23pm
U R the one living in Canada! Why don't U go after those who looted you instead of making snide remarks abouth those of us who ACTUALLY did something for the Nation. It is because of you and people like you that Pakistan will not survive for another year. I met someone like you in Malaysia and spoke to him in Urdu but he wouldn't reply in our common language but in English. LOOK INTO YOUR OWN GIRIBAND BEFORE POINTING FINGERS AT OTHERS.
saythetruth10
Oct 10, 2012 12:14pm
Shameful act against a child. No justification for who so ever carried out this attack and they should be punished. Thanks to BBC for promoting her in the wrong way and end up putting her in the harm way.
G.A.
Oct 10, 2012 12:27pm
Very disappointing response from Imran Khan regarding this tragedy. If he means well then he should side with justice instead of trying to be politically correct and to not upset the voter bank. None of the great people in history ever ran after votes. They stood by their principles and for justice and their names are etched in history.
Omar
Oct 11, 2012 03:13am
Nadeem, You summed up exactly how i'm feeling right now but we have to remember that apathy is just as bad as outright encouragement. The people won't march in the streets for this, (although they will for a ridiculous youtube video, how tragic) but bit by bit the talib's will defeat themselves eventually. They'll beat themselves because they're fighting a war they can't possibly win. We will never sell out our freedom and our dignity to these animals becaus ei would rather die than live in a country where men can justify violence like this. Any man who would shoot a child is scum to me. End of story. Anyone who tries arguing that to me gets a punch to the face. Malala has more courage than any other man in this country and from here on out, i will follow her example and not bite my tongue as a secular liberal. I'll voice my opinion frankly and honestly and not be cowed down by the right or the moderates Liberals like Taseer and Malala have been fighting this battle for us while liberals cower in fear. Well it's time to be honest and aggressive and make our voices heard. I love this country and i'll never surrender it to men who hurt children.
Ganesh
Oct 11, 2012 05:05am
What can I wish for the little girl ? get well soon to get shot again.....? I have tears while I type this. I can only pray to god, Give the common people strength to fight such an evil which is going to destroy a society.
Akash
Oct 11, 2012 03:10am
Pakistan does not need BUSH to bomb it to Stone Age....Its broad minded Islamic Scholars will do it themselves....Only country in the world going in reverse gear.
Bilal
Oct 11, 2012 07:33pm
How can u forget the hospitality of Pakistan towards our millions of afghan brothers...... and mind u we have paid a heavy price for it....rather still paying
Sudy
Oct 11, 2012 03:11am
But they haven't supported these monsters like your "chay" Khan!!!
Radiq
Oct 10, 2012 05:21pm
This girl is so brave that she stand alone against these terrorists and look at our politicians,Army and the angry crowd who was destructive few weeks ago on the streets of Islamabad. Can't even utter a word against TTP.Just saying we condemn or cry in assembly is not enough. You have to do action a swift action against TTP. If you can't do it, Then I must say Choorian Pehen Loo. What a coward Govt. and politicans we have? I am ashemed.
shrmz
Oct 10, 2012 01:27pm
A poem by Shakeel Jafri, specially written for Malala Duniya ne bohot achhi tarah jaan liya ab; Ye gidh hein ke shehbaz, Malala meri bachi!" Ye soorma hein kitnay jarri, kitnay bahaadur; Ye bhi nahin ab raaz Malala meri bachi!" Masoom nihatton ko banaata hay nishaana; Zaalim ka hay andaaz Malala meri bachi!" Tu binnat-e-ilm, ye hein jehel ki aulaad; Hay tujh pe hamein naaz, Malala meri bachi!" Naazuk sa tera jism mager azm qayamat; Oonchi teri pervaaz, Malala meri bachi! " Tu johod ka pekar bhi hay tu amn ki salaar; Hum hein teray janbaaz Malala meri bachi!
zalim_khan
Oct 10, 2012 06:27pm
So so sad! These people are "beghairats" who have been "abetted and guided from "outside" of Pakistan ( and I don`t mean our neighbours) These "nut cases" have their funding and brainwashing from "house of Saud" We need a "Good General" to bring in emergency law, and carry out a "mass extermination" of the biggots and zealots ( Just like Baba Khoemeini did) and install a Fountain in the Central Capital Flowing with the "blood of these fanatics" just as a lesson for future generations. Otherwise this "Land of the Pure" ain`t ever going to be "pure again" as these religious nuts have made a "cess-pit" of this once beautiful country! Remember There are "Proud Pakistani Christians, Hindu`s Sikhs, Parsi`s, Ahmedi`s, Shia`s, Sunni`s, Wahabbi`s, Zorastrians, Jains. and many others, who say that " I am a PAKISTANI FIRST, and anything else comes afterwards.
Kamaal
Oct 10, 2012 04:50pm
Bravo brother - I feel your pain....
vj
Oct 11, 2012 12:42pm
Habibullah, I hope people who think like you are becoming less in pak after this incident. Else even god cannot save this country. violence lead to violence and violence. When you will understand this???? killing minorities, demolishing schools,taking country to stone age is not by western people but your own friends. if still you are not understanding then we pray for a chance to shift our neighbor to antartica.there you can invent water proof suicide bombs. jai hind
lfahfn
Oct 11, 2012 12:50am
Nadeem I only wish if all of Pakistan can understand what you are really saying as I am sure that it is falling on deaf and dumb. We have allowed ourselves to be run by people who have no moral or education standing in our society other than that they have a beard and have a mosque to sit and bark in. When will we ever wake up to a Pakistan that Quaid A Azam fought and got us. When will we actually hold our real heros up and not the sham that we continously play out. When will see the double faced political parties that use these goons so called Islamic parties for their dirty work, when will we remove the veil from the faces of these cowards who are using the name of Islam in such shameless manner. We all have to get up and clear our society of this scam that is tranishing our name and our religion.
PalPakistan
Oct 11, 2012 03:26am
This incident is so shameful and disgraceful for all Pakistan. Today I think this barbaric attack is as equal as the time when before Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him Arab used to bury their daughter alive. I think these Taliban are from Abu Jahl family because they certainly not be the followers of Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him. Today we as nation have to think what is the future of this country. If this incident does not wake us up then surely we are a dead nation.
kvrr
Oct 11, 2012 03:09am
Not only Rimsha, how about poor hindu girls (rinkle kumari., Asha ... and countless ) are being converted to islam and got married to thugs at gunpoint. These hapless girls are kept as sex slaves and girls give up to their fate and finally end up killed or thrown on streets. What horrible experience to a human than this.
Azmat
Oct 10, 2012 01:23pm
My Dear Child Malala, I too apologise to you & feel the shame & remorse many Pakistanis feel today. My generation has failed to protect you. May be you will do better for your children.
Lost for words
Oct 11, 2012 03:08am
Today I feel ashamed of being a Pakistani and a muslim
RIZWAN
Oct 10, 2012 08:46pm
while talibans nearly killed a teen for her supposedly secular education, many a people in india don't even take notice over the issue: http://www.niticentral.com/2012/10/congress-says-toilets-better-than-temples.html that does explain, why indians are progressing, while we are quibbling over petty religious issues. ok, some of you might say that hindus are idiots who do not care for their religion, but i would say that they are smart enough, that they would first find a political case to nip this minister in the bud. and, they know how to wait for the opportune time.
Keti Zilgish
Oct 11, 2012 02:32am
Taliban have not wounded Malala, censorship of You Tube did the trick! If the present legislatures don't abolish the blasphemy, anti-Ahmadi & death penalty laws and they are still not laid off in the next general elections Pakistanis, mosque visitors & non-mosque visitors, might find themselves shooting at each other randomly. Anybody in the armed forces who does not want to fight the taliban (mosque goers) ought to be laid off.
jatin
Oct 10, 2012 07:20pm
Its not a girl being shot ,pakistans hope and future just got shot ,stand up and fight for her for your own future against these medivial nut jobs
Rao
Oct 10, 2012 01:23pm
What about "Straight" parties? Have they condemned? What about the outrage from majority of politicians, English speaking literati and others? It is too late.
Sikander
Oct 11, 2012 04:41am
Again you guys are off the limit.
Krishna Bhagawan (@KrishnaBhagawan)
Oct 10, 2012 11:42am
Lets see if Imran Khan has the courage to march against the Taliban.
Waseem Abbas
Oct 11, 2012 03:14am
I have been never more ashamed of being a pathan and a muslim than when I am now. A 14 years old girl, (11 when she stood up) can stand upright in face of the oppression and gets punished for that, and I can't even support her effectively... for there are so much conspiracy theorists who are still bent upon finding excuses and justifications for the morons and the aliens (yes, by saying they are animals is a disgrace to animals) who call themselves TALIBAN! they never were right in first place, and they aren't right now either. SHAME ON US AS A PEOPLE WHO STILL ARE BEING APOLOGIST FOR THEM :(
Aanya Niaz
Oct 10, 2012 08:45pm
In sync with the tone of your message, the fading hope and utter lack of apology compelled me to write a piece on the mothers, daughters and sisters of Pakistan: www.aanyafniaz.wordpress.com - I would be honored if you could give it a read.
Mujahid
Oct 11, 2012 05:35am
To Pakistan military, government and politicians.... what are you waiting for? the time is ripe...public support is with you... go and crush this Taliban venom once and for all... start North Waziristan operation NOW!!!!
Nasir
Oct 11, 2012 08:54pm
There you go!! now understand why we are, where we are, these folks sound educated (in some sense) and yet here is how they think. And will never tell you who did it if it was not TTP (perhaps the same old Yahood O nasarah routine).
Numbersnumbers
Oct 10, 2012 06:55pm
TRIAL, what a joke! Just to be released due to "lack of evidence" by the civilian courts, afraid for their own lives! Or put in some minimum security facility to be sprung in a jail break where the supposed guards never fire a shot! YOU WANT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, any TTP caught should be sent to a secret MILITARY COURT and be sent off for "rehabilitation", CONSISTING OF A DOUBLE TAP TO THE CHEST FOLLOWED BY A SINGLE TAP TO THE HEAD! THIS IS WAR FOR THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN, AND IT SHOULD BE AS UGLY AND BLOODY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE TTP AND THEIR APOLOGISTS!
Syed
Oct 10, 2012 12:30pm
There is not a single country in the world where things are so bad as Pakistan. Overseas Pakistanis will condemn these attacks but people in Pakistan have really been wahabinised. There is really no big outrage when innocents keep getting killed. I really need sunnis to really think hard if they are following the Sunnah of Prophet (saww) or following the hateful religion of Saudi Arabia
linga0123
Oct 10, 2012 07:19pm
So that she may live and suffer such calamity again.
jatin
Oct 10, 2012 06:55pm
What animal on earth can hurt such a lovely child .Dear Pakistanis I dont sympathise with your country's policies nor your dubious army and seldom have the time to comment on Dawn article's .But I happened to see this girl on a television channel and come to know of what has happened to her.I was stunned as stone and was overwhelmed with emotions and then rage .I just had my dinner and could not stop myself from praying for this child and wanted to know that she is alright .When I look back and try to understand my disgust and pain at this barbaric incident ,I realised I am a human being first and then have a religion and state second .Wake up and learn to take on your system else its just been demonstrated where are you heading .Such a shame and what a waste .May god bless Malala and get well soon!!
Muhammed Asadi
Oct 10, 2012 04:14pm
NFP is not too different to the religious zealots that he condemns, both frame social issues in moralistic terms even though the moral standards of both might differ. The reason for the escalation of violence in this area is the US. War on Terrorism. This violence did not exist before that "independent variable" was introduced into the mix, the drones are further applications of that independent variable and the reactions that they produce, i.e. further violence will not and cannot be reduced through moral condemnation and selective portrayal of atrocities. Please be aware of the fact that due to the workings of the capitalist world system, over 70,000 a day die of deprivation related causes, over 80% of them are children, there are many Malalas being butchered daily by those you describe as "enlightened."
Krish Chennai
Oct 11, 2012 06:26am
Syed Bhai, what you should suggest is that the madrassas, should begin to have a proper curriculum of education, and what goes into the minds of children at an impressionable age should be watched out for. Education as we knew it, is already undergoing a transformation, thanks to the internet, and this young girl who took a bullet on her, knew that there's a great world out there, and took the opportunities, and encouraged others too.
Virkaul
Oct 11, 2012 06:27am
How?
Ghalib Khan
Oct 10, 2012 11:37am
The Enemies of Pakistan (The Taliban) will will cease to exist very very soon
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Oct 11, 2012 06:23am
Please blame RAW, Mossad and CIA for this inhuman act. You know one thing even if India wants to harm pakistan we need not do anything we just need to sit back relax and watch as pakistan is already destroying itself. My comments may sound arrogant to you but it is reality.
John Smith (@Freedomfan35)
Oct 11, 2012 12:12am
I guess you did not read the headline about Obama and the UN
Jaseem Pasha
Oct 11, 2012 06:24am
Taliban or US – Make a Choice Appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari and Mr. Ashfaq Parvez Kyani, Chief of Army Staff Attack on Malala was the last straw on the camel’s back. No More Taliban nonsense. Our cup is full. No more negotiations with Taliban. Human beings do not negotiates with the beasts. We have heard enough of condemning of ongoing killings of Pakistani civilians, especially women and children. The country is almost at the brink of becoming a failed State. There is no issue in Pakistan now more important and more urgent than ending terror once for all on all Pakistanis. No democracy, no elections, no economic progress, no government planning, not even the survival of Pakistan as a State are possible so long the Satanic dark clouds of Taliban keep hovering on the entire domain of Pakistan, which is completely out of writ of Pakistani government and the military. The Talibans are now absolutely free to go to any neighborhood, any street, in any village or city without fear and kill men, women and children without a limit, without any remorse. It is time that the Pakistani Government, Pakistani military, Pakistani politicians, and Pakistani Islamic organizations to come out in the open and prove in specific terms that they are either wholly with Pakistanis and are against Talibans or they are with Talibans and don’t give a damn about Pakistanis. No ifs, and buts. If they are with Pakistanis, they must declare in clear terms that the Talibans are the enemies of the country and they hereby declare war against Talibans for only one purpose – to exterminate them. If they cannot do it alone, then they shouldn’t feel shy to ask help from neighboring countries, like China, Russia, and even India or USA. Let false national pride do not stop us from going forward and seek foreign help. The central theme of Pakistan Government's both foreign and domestic policy must be directed to re-acquiring the authority and the power to enforce compliance and submission of everybody who is competing with the authority of the State of Pakistan, regardless of their anti-Islamic Jihadi fatwas.
akil akhtar
Oct 10, 2012 10:58pm
NFP also needs to comment on attrocities against Muslims in india Gujrat etc...I think you would agree. BTW do you know how many hindus have been killed in Pakistan to call it an attrocity or as I have read it beign called a massacre in indian newspapers.
Concerned Citizen
Oct 10, 2012 04:23pm
I agree with Nadeem Piracha, I felt the same numb feeling after reading these news....the people of Pakistan should lynch these monsters.....and their supporters!
Abbas
Oct 10, 2012 04:23pm
In the last three decades since Ziaul Haqs promotion of Taliban on the directives of America and Saudi Arabia we have witnessed more than 10,000 target killings of active Muslim shia community leaders by Taliban and associates. No one paid heed to it and still today they don't.Talibans are walking cartoons of Islams (as Ayatullah Khameni'e has put it). We need to reject them fircely or tomorrow it will be our daughter's turn.
Mercy
Oct 10, 2012 11:49am
Ya Allahhh...
Zeeshan Qazi
Oct 10, 2012 11:49am
The problems of our nation are those from the medieval era. I find it really sad that the women in this day and age are not being given basic rights like right to education, right to fair and equal gainful employment, right to dress as they please, and right to choose a soul mate as they please by our society. It is amazing that we are so fast to judge everyone, but when it comes to ourselves, we do as we please. Time has come that we draw a line now as to what is acceptable to us and what is not. We are not living in the the medieval era, and by no means there is any point nor advantage to be gained from Muslim dominance of the world that these freaks of nature are constantly drooling for.
Roma
Oct 11, 2012 10:52am
SleepingPaki, as they say you can wake up someone who is sleeping, but not someone who's is pretending to be asleep.
Sujith
Oct 11, 2012 03:44am
As a Indian and Hindu, the comments here are quite amazing. I never thought so many of you have such a deep disdain for Taliban and terrorists. This little girl's courage touched every one, including this little me! God bless her and all of you in this battle!
ben
Oct 10, 2012 12:10pm
Do Mr Nawaz & Shabaz Sharif have anything to say?
fbn2
Oct 10, 2012 01:53pm
Whatever I plan to write sounds so monotonous and meaningless. No words can describe the magnitude of this sorry incident. Right-wing politicians should really come out and openly condemn the criminals. I feel ashamed and sorry, this girl took stand for her people when adults cower in a corner and our nation has still failed her :(
Sidewinder
Oct 11, 2012 03:45am
there are people in abundance ,in Pakistan who support Taliban despite their inhuman acts.they would dare not name Taliban as a culprit even they do hogwash of criticizing such attacks.world was always aware about the barbarians called Taliban.US is not raining hell fire missiles for no reason on them.not confronting a wrong is equivalent to committing a wrong,and i don't see any remarkable opposition of Taliban sans a few thinkers like NFP that too on English media in Pakistan.crowd in the rallies asking for the head of blasphemers of all ilks from Salman Taseer,Aasiya Bibi to latest movie maker of US,far outweigh those who speak for sanity.future is bleak for Pakistan to say the least...
Syeda Jafri
Oct 11, 2012 03:46am
What a shame for all of us :( I mean where r they taking us & that too in the name of Islam!
Shrirang, Navi Mumbai
Oct 11, 2012 03:51am
Dear Malala, Get Well Soon,
fj
Oct 10, 2012 11:32am
Why is everyone insulting eunuchs... PS I agree with your comment and have rated it up.
amana
Oct 11, 2012 04:03am
Elite and educated are very different from illiterate Talibans. It is like South and North.
Huzefa
Oct 11, 2012 05:39am
These self styled defenders of Islam wouldn't dare criticize their brethren. Extremism has rapidly grown in our society. Sometimes I wonder whether we'll be able to wrest back the control of our country from these crazy fundos.
D
Oct 10, 2012 12:12pm
You just can't sit and dream for things to happen! Stop being an arm chair activist! Did anyone of you ever actively support Malala Yousufzai in her fight?!?! NO, it is only now, that she's been shot almost fatally that everyone wants to talk about her and take pride in her! What exactly were people waiting for to have not come and support her cause earlier? No wonder, Pakistan with hordes of "sleeping activists" is truly on the brink of complete collapse!
Rafiq
Oct 10, 2012 12:22pm
The only way the tide will turn is when our mosques and madarassas will stand up and say that enough is enough and scream with out lungs bursting from its seam that it is "Haraam" - those responsible for it deserves to be in hell - here in this abode and hereafter. I am repulsed to my toes when i hear nothing against these ( i do not have the vocabulary give them any name or identification) coming out from the loudspeaker and minarets of mosques against these loathsome scavengers that feeds on human remains. When will the politicians, Maulvis, Sunni, Shias, muslims, non muslims, atheist, pauper and riches will take to the street and chant in unision enough is enough - we love our daughters and son will not accept see our Malala's dupatta drenched in blood. Shame on us !
Does not matter
Oct 10, 2012 09:19pm
Wishful thinking Sir. Lets see if your army wishes the same.
Ghalib Khan
Oct 10, 2012 10:43am
I wonder if any of the ministers have announced the reward for these attackers
Worldplus
Oct 11, 2012 04:36am
I am an Indian, This little girl has changed my perception about Pakistan. This incident is an eye opener. I am amazed by Malala's maturity, courage and willingness to fight for a positive change knowing her life is at stake. I don't want to see her story ending here. She will be a great inspiration and advocate for positive change in Pakistan (Which is in the best interest of the world, Pakistan and its people in particular) Get well soon Malala..
Salim
Oct 10, 2012 11:17pm
I wonder which will be the straw that will break the camel's back. Good people praying shot dead, innocent riding the bus dragged out and shot dead, child with Down's syndrome accused and false evidence created, temple desecrated and hindu families looted and now attack on a 14year old who wants to study. What would it take and how far will we fall?
saythetruth10
Oct 10, 2012 09:04pm
How about we blame you Rajesh I know you Indian LOVE any thing against Pakistan nothing can satisfy you just read my comments dummy
vira
Oct 10, 2012 11:15pm
Hats off to Malala. She should be decorated with a title of WORLD DAUGHTER! It is unbelievable that Pakistan has such talent! Pakistan is doing every effort to wipe out Taliban and aggressive forces, but, it is no use unless and until its ISI is controlled! ISI is nothing but a notorious force which has continuously promoted all kind of dirty aggressive forces including Taliban. Taliban is alive due to ISI only. Internationally Pakistan is considered as biggest terrorist promoting nation and this is only due to ISI! ISI is shame of Pakistan! ISI is super power in Pakistan, not President, nor Prime minister. ISI has full support of army! So, Malala like braves could not get success unless and until dirty ISI is controlled or removed from Pakistan’s soil.
Silajit
Oct 10, 2012 11:14pm
Ok. I get it. Pakistanis hate the TTP for what they've done and want action against them and I agree completely. Pakistan should wipe them out. BUT when will Pakistanis ask for action against the Taliban that does the exact same thing in Afghanistan and wants to run the country AGAIN? Or against other terrorists with the same mindset, that use Pakistani soil to attack its neighbors? Will it continue to be in Pakistani interests when the Afghan Taliban start to gain power and start to support the TTP (or whatever's left of them once the Army/ISI isolate them and hurt them)?
krishna
Oct 11, 2012 12:34am
When would it be that real men of power -politicians/ Kayani & the privileged uniformed Army/ISI all stand up?Are not there enough men/ muslims/parents to speak up for this BS? Do you guys have any sense of culture
Aamir
Oct 10, 2012 04:34pm
You can blame the government all you want. There are extremists living next door to you. Government is as handicapped as you are. If they decide to go after these savages, those people next door to you will come out in their support. This is today's Pakistan.
TelliameD (@TelliameD)
Oct 11, 2012 12:40am
Nadeem's article is a poignant reminder that people's apathy is one YouTube video away from "a day of love for the prophet".
aisha
Oct 11, 2012 09:18am
This is the reason why I won't take my children to the motherland - a country that lacks humanity, compassion, rule of law and respect for the law. Things will not change until the Pakistanis living there improve there own sense of morality and compassion to fellow man and women.
Nauman
Oct 10, 2012 05:08pm
This western capitalist system you so dreadfully hate has been whole heartedly accepted by you and your muslim world. There is not a single muslim country that has an independent and brave policy. Countries like venezuela and equador put you to shame. Western imperialism was always welcomed by muslim countries to make money. Lastly, what stops you from registering madrasas, arresting sectarian killer and hate preachers in your own country? You have created extremism in collusion with the west and now you will suffer. Remember how you and your western allies used to call people - 'the Red menace' who opposed your CIA sponsored Jihad of the 80s?
Gulshan
Oct 10, 2012 04:34pm
Many like you in USA, introduce themselves as Indians. But that is not the solution. It is running away from the problem. The need of the day is to be educated and then educate the others so as not to be emotionally black mailed in the name of religian and nationalism, the two weapons these extremists use to get your support and sympathy. Wake up and save your nation.
RPK
Oct 11, 2012 07:53am
You achieve a lot. Such incidences may not affect the adult population, but ask the children and teenagers, there ability to speak against wrong doing (thanks to the TV shows), has been maimed for years to come. That is what a terrorist does.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:48am
Pakistan calls them men. The men who defeated the British and the Russians and the Americans and rob banks to distribute the money to the poor. They are your heroes.
Gulshan
Oct 12, 2012 12:10am
we have a long way to go, but it is encouraging to see some Pakistanis doing some soul seraching and seeing the reality. Even though .the text books in the schools are still injecting poison of hatred and lies to them. The mullahs are much much worse than these talibans.They are the one who are preparing these monsters.
Gulshan
Oct 12, 2012 12:46am
Nasser, my friend; As long as there are people like you , alive and active, there is hope. Let, curing this cancer from this society be your Ibadat from now onwards. There are many like you there but they don't have the courage to come out. Stay active and educate your countrymen. One by one, change will come. May god bless you and the like of you, who are listening to thier inner conscious.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Oct 11, 2012 06:39am
I think you need to get some facts right sati has been stopped more than 100 years ago when pakistan didn't even existed. India may not be the best place on earth but its a lot better than pakistan
Faulitics
Oct 11, 2012 06:39am
Do you even care if people understand your post or not?
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Oct 11, 2012 06:37am
you forgot Israel my friend
Saad
Oct 11, 2012 06:31am
well written
nyma
Oct 11, 2012 06:32am
this is not the islam our prophet preached.Iqbal's vision, Quaid's hard work and the sacrifices of thousands of muslims in creating an islamic state in sub-continent ............will loose its meaning, and we will loose our identity if these barbarians are not openly condemned and they disarmed/reformed/tamed/ and humanised
sami (usa)
Oct 11, 2012 02:56pm
Well said Aisha. I have been waitng now for 10 years. Waiting to take my children to the motherland, so they could see the place of their heritage. I am generally an optimist, but I just don't see the place of my birth ever coming to its senses. It has gone too far over the edge. An old woman once told me, that the best country in the world for muslims is the USA. Living here for decades, I have come to realize the wisdom of her words.
al-faratz
Oct 10, 2012 08:56pm
Thank you for your truly human response to a cruel act of the Taliban against a child. Your article was linked to the Washington Post. As an American I find it difficult to understand how religious extremists could come to so dominant a position over Pakistan. Are they really heroes to you? Fear and intimidation are their methods. They kill in the name of their vision of God. Why you cannot see them for what they are is baffling to me. God bless Malala.
AHA
Oct 10, 2012 10:49am
IK is just a front for our 'strategic assets'. The sooner you 'English-speaking' 'modern' Pakistanis wake up, the better.
indian
Oct 10, 2012 08:48am
We have our own set of problems. Sati has been almost abolished and we don't get to hear them as often as we used to . Moreover that is not the only problem. Starting from dowry , female infanticide to outright neglect of girl child in certain sections of Indian society ; we have our hands full. But you guys should be unequivocal in your condemnations to those fanatics.. No place for such people on the earth.. Your army should annihilate them before they do that to a beautiful race.
Ram Krishan Sharma
Oct 11, 2012 12:57am
Dear Pakistani, What he means when he says " As you sow , so shall you reap .'' is that Pakistan created these Taliban and now the same people are killing Pakistanis ". 1000 years ago , your forefathers were Hindus who were converted to Islam by Taliban of that day. History repeats itself.
Seeing
Oct 11, 2012 01:04am
The journalists are at it again. One openly said that Taliban have sent him an email justifying their act because of this that and the other but he does not agree because Mlala was working with her father and no one else. In other words, he clearly implied that other brave girls who are working with NGOs and other organizations can be targeted and it will be within the realm of sharia. In a country where the media (GEO) openly supports the taliban, I do not see any ray of hope.
subhash
Oct 10, 2012 01:15pm
If this doesn't wake up the Pakistani government, nothing ever will. I pray it does. There are just not enough Malalas in the world to risk their lives for blind and hungry politicians. This incident has everyone in tears - no matter what religion or culture.
Bilal
Oct 10, 2012 12:03pm
"I sincerely apologise to young Malala for being unable to demonstrate any worthwhile anger or rage for what happened to her. I apologise for this rage fatigue." NFP - you have perfectly captured the way many of us feel about all the atrocities that are happening in Pakistan, including this one. I work overseas. Today, a (non-Pakistani) colleague said to me: "This thing about Malala Yousufzai is awful!" I could only muster the following response: "Yes, it is quite depressing" As you've so aptly put it it is scary to see how "apathetic" and "cynical" many of us have become about all of this, and how we've run out of "rage"
Desi in USA
Oct 10, 2012 05:21pm
I have many good Pakistani friends in the USA, though I from India. I really feel for them...how they must be feeling when such 'inhuman' news makes the headline. Time for all-out war against extremists who have hijacked Islaam in all parts of the world fueled by petro-dollars.
Indian
Oct 11, 2012 01:27pm
Habibullah, Narrow minded radicals like you are a shame to the entire muslim community. yes no one likes women and children killed but they are used a human shields by terrorists. why dont you protest against muslims being killed by muslims in their own lands in libya, syria, egypt and other middle eastern countries ? why did Iran and Iraq kill each other for decades ? why do you ask for West and NATO for help ?? why do sunnies and shias still blow eachother up in Pak ? why do you beg for AID from US ? you people are like cancer without any cure you only spread hatered and violence.
GlobNetizen
Oct 11, 2012 07:26pm
Indian, insulting the uneducated and uninformed is never the way forward. This just causes the other party to be angry and kick dust in your eyes. They must be shown with compassion that their reasoning is incorrect. Habibullah needs to know that while collateral damage caused by drone attacks is wrong and needs to be protested, TTP attacking a 14 years old girl for her beliefs in women's education and independence is totally wrong and a lot worse. I hope Habibullah and his likes see this tragedy as an avoidable, internal Muslim vs. Muslim strife. It can be solved by more tolerance for a different view point. More dialogue, more persuasion and zero violence!
MQ
Oct 10, 2012 12:47pm
To the Pakistani awam: For God's sake wake up at least now and take steps to prove that Paracha is not correct about your apathy and cynicism. What rationalisation can be there for the actions of these animals? If there is any real ghairat in you, now is the time for it to wake up from your drugged slumber, and say "thus far and no more". Take back your future from these sub human anarchists. Tell the generals to stop feeding these monsters. Goad ministers, MNAs and MPAs into action. Ask the "your honours" to, suo motu, put all organs of government on notice. Ask for textbooks to be reworked so that they stop poisoning impressionable minds. Come out and demand action for the right reasons, for once.
Ritu
Oct 10, 2012 06:30pm
I am an Indian and a non-muslim, but wouldn't be able to agree more with you. This is a time to condemn this brutal attack on a child. May god be with her and her family.
SleepingPaki
Oct 10, 2012 11:30am
Well they can build DHA housing societies where we can live secure lives and write comments here, and they can build factories where our dad's work and most of the time they can run the country for us and create Taliban!
shafeeq
Oct 10, 2012 12:41pm
We hope she will recover her health very soon. Yesterday imran khan condemned this incident very strictly and he announced the PTI will provide the all treatment facilities for malala. We are with imran khan for good service.
Wikileaks Cable
Oct 10, 2012 12:41pm
Enough brother enough. Out of respect. This is not the occasion for "either you're for the drone strikes or for the Taliban" mentality.
pawan
Oct 11, 2012 06:08am
I had tears while reading this i just slaute you young brave gal.... u stood up against all those people who have no respect for human life... u stood up when no politicial leader of your country could... u r the hero hero of pakistan Pawan INDIA
raza
Oct 11, 2012 06:10am
Does it give Licence to Kill the people of Pakistan to Taliban like minded people? For Gods shake she is just 14 year old.
Aurangzeb
Oct 10, 2012 05:52pm
Pakistan Minister of Interior is reporting Malala is out of danher whereas CNN is reporting she is in critical condition. Who is right who is wrong or this is another lie of our armed forces? God please help usand Pakistan rescue from Pakistan Army. I am only expressing restrictedly this in my love for Malala otherwise if I express more about my nation's misries thanks to Pakistan Army than my expression will be butchered by editing committe. This is free media in Pakistan
Sikander
Oct 11, 2012 04:39am
But new born baby girls are still killed at the spot by daees and they are paid extra to dump the new born in the garbage.
Khan(Canada)
Oct 10, 2012 12:24pm
The so called Proud Pakistan Army is the main problem who indulge in commercialism when you guys are in Army you loot the nation then go abroad or if fail to go abroad give -Ve comments against the same country who you looted. Ask this question who created Taliban and bring Afghans to Pakisan, its the Proud Pakistan Army. Shame on you
Kumar
Oct 10, 2012 12:19pm
Pakistan Govt. gave a day off for protesting against a film that did not kill or hurt anyone. But not a word when their own brave little girl is attacked in day light. Where is Imran Khan ?. He is another hypocrate politician. Where is outrage of the nation?
Ayesha
Oct 11, 2012 06:06am
well expressed sir
Umme Muhammed
Oct 10, 2012 09:09pm
Well said. Perhaps the only time I agree with you...
Karachi Wala
Oct 10, 2012 12:07pm
I was going to post something else but @ Jamal would you be kind enough to explain the difference between brutal talibans and the "Glorious" Ghazi Mumtaz Hussain Qadri? Please enlighten all the dumbs like myself.
Pramod
Oct 10, 2012 06:54pm
@Atif Please check Zaid Hamid and his followers
ahsan
Oct 10, 2012 11:27am
What wrong has the poor pakistani done to the people in power corridors..
Ahsan
Oct 10, 2012 11:59am
This baby needs our prayers. Please, All, please dedicate your prayers - atleast one - for this child! May Allah accept your prayers. Thanks.
Atul
Oct 10, 2012 10:57am
She is not borned in wrong era. She is borned in WRONG place..Pakistan!!
Pramod
Oct 11, 2012 06:15am
@Asad If that much violence was not there does not mean that these element were not there . They were there but at that time they were their startegic assets and no one was there to stop them. They had a free run . They turned hostile because after US entered in Afghanistan Pak was force to act against them.
Fahad
Oct 10, 2012 12:00pm
Actually, that's not what the PTI policy is. I'm no PTI supporter, but I have to call BS when I read it. The PTI policy doesn't really mean appease terrorists. It recognizes that there's an insurgency in Pakistan, therefore, the best way to tackle it is to fight as small an enemy as possible. That means, get Pakistan out of US' war, rebuild the tribal structure, and so calm the anti-US sentiment. The hope is that many people will return to their tribes, leaving only the hardcore element in place, which the government would find it less difficult to take on. With the spread of the political apparatus across the tribal agencies, the Taliban will be more isolated than ever. Step 2 of course, would be to focus on improving education, the job market etc. so that youth don't join up with extremists for practical reasons, but it remains to be seen how that will be achieved. I don't buy the rosy projections in the PTI economic policy. It's still difficult, given how extremism has been ingrained into Pakistani culture all these years but its a better policy than the one currently adopted.
Just saying.
Oct 11, 2012 04:38pm
That's a bit harsh coming from someone who actually left the country.
Mani
Oct 11, 2012 04:34pm
Very well written. It hits the nail right on the head but unfortunately I don't think its gonna make a difference. Not only have Pakistanis become shameless cowards, they have lost their sense their reality. I believe they have have gone delusional and are in grave need of psychiatric help to save them from themselves.
venkat
Oct 10, 2012 11:17am
I dont know but I think the will power of the people is killed by the so called religious fanatics and the media that support them. People should realise the power of protest in unity can do a lot of wonders as we saw recently in Madhya pradesh in India people standing neck deep in water.
Pinky
Oct 11, 2012 05:38pm
Could you please elaborate on how the great Arab warrior "saw" the Sindhis ( Sindh was all Hindu then) attacking muslim women ? And if he was so upright - why did he carry thousands of Sindhi women as booty (including Raja Dahir's two daughters) to his Sultan's harem.
Does not matter
Oct 10, 2012 06:53pm
It is very sad incident indeed. A girl can be shot for her wish to study, just thinking it can make you raging against the cowards who did that. I see lots of comments, of course all made in English, made by people who got education and sort of western education if i may assume. We all are full of angst against those people who did that to Malala. But what about an ordinary Pakistani , who did not go to an english speaking school, did not have much Education etc. , does he think with the same passion against Talibans like rest all on this opinion blog? Is he mourning the same way? I saw some talk shows the other day and many spokesmen of different parties in Pakistan condemned the incident but none pointed out fingers towards to culprits.All they talked about this being retaliation against the drones as if the girl carried out all those drone attacks. Not knowing the enemy is one thing but knowing the enemy and behaving like an Ostrich is all together different.
pratham
Oct 11, 2012 06:16am
I really wish you overcome these difficult times.
Faisal Naqvi
Oct 11, 2012 05:28am
I have no words for this brutality. It is a new norm in our indifferent society. Liberals and minorities are open targets of Taliban. Malala has shown the courage and bravery for humanity. The other day a very talented musician Qamar Allah Ditta was torchered and brutally murdered for belonging to shia sect. Politicians are extremely reluctant to say a word against Taliban. What they don't realize is that eventually they will also become the target of Taliban as Taliban don't consider anyone muslim if he or she does not follow their faith. I sincerely hope that Malala will get well and we will have more Malalas in Pakistan.
Bikram
Oct 11, 2012 04:01pm
mind washed disciple of sir zaid hamid
PakiThankGodNotMuslim
Oct 10, 2012 04:55pm
Try identifying with your 5000 year old roots. Might help..
Tracy Fowler USA
Oct 11, 2012 03:01pm
I hope Pakistan wakes-up to the destruction these people have caused to your country. It is a black eye as the entire world watches , how cowardly attacking a helpless young girl like Malala . Wake up Pakistan and hunt and eradicate these people who are holding your country back . I hope you remember that Pakistan and India started at the same time , because of education India has surpassed Pakistan . Everything has a time and a place , the religion these people have control over is going to be their downfall.
zafar
Oct 10, 2012 07:06pm
There are millions like you who cannot see right from wrong. How the killing by qadri is justified? Have our prophet preached this?
Another Indian
Oct 10, 2012 01:07pm
Dear Atul - dont comment on another country's site with such despicable English. Apna nahi to kuch hamare desh ke impression ka socho....
RPK
Oct 11, 2012 07:19am
Gun powder needs three ingredients in right proportion. Similarly terrorism needs three ingredients (poverty, illiteracy and fanatism). May be in India and Bangladesh, one or two of these ingredients are missing in society. In Pakistan, unfortunatley, these ingredients come together, hence the terrorism.
Gautam
Oct 10, 2012 01:05pm
Mr observer......there is no substance to your argument, the 'strange and ill-mentioned' comments are utterly offensive and not minced in any way. The biggest problem is that Pakistani perception of religion is different from anyone in the civilized world and we can see the results. 'Stereotyping Pakistanis?' Pakistanis around the world including where I live right now, conduct themselves in ways that only Pakistanis can, i.e. backwards and illiterate, mostly. Indians averseas accommodate Pakistanis like no one, not even their revered Arab brethren whom they idolize day and night, so don't even talk about hatred by Indians.
Khanm
Oct 10, 2012 01:05pm
Why do you think that army would get involved or any one else for that matter. As long as our politician, elite, feudal lords, the oligarch, the bureaucrats the agencies, are in their comfort zones. Enjoying the higher standards of life….
Tahir Younus
Oct 10, 2012 01:05pm
Fear is the philosophy of Taliban, they fear disagreements, they fear ideas they can not cope with logically, they fear independent minds, they fear education, they fear assertive women, and now they fear children. To overcome their fear, their modus operandi is more fear, fear imposed through target killings, through suicide attacks, through threats of all these tactics. This philosophy of fear can only be defeated by the braves like Malala. May God save her, and May God bless her with more likes of her. For apologists, this is a wake up call. Wake up dears, before it gets too late.
rajabhat
Oct 11, 2012 03:41pm
wah habib sahab, wah! Kya logic hai. Its not the westerners, Indians or the Israelis. Its your own people. When will you get out of conspiracy theories, blame games etc and start looking inwards. Pakistan is not the center of the world. Today its Malala, tomorrow, God forbid could be your daughter. Please remember eye for an eye makes the whole country blind. Till the time people think that their version of Islam is correct and start playing God and killing others just because they don't agree with you and get away with killing (even recognized as heroes) because of support of some sections. I am afraid more Malalas are going to suffer.
faisaldunotions
Oct 11, 2012 07:17am
By the way, this article is highly commendable. This notion of one-side rage has literally brought this country to the brink, by either side.
aditya
Oct 11, 2012 11:21pm
what you ll sow is what you ll are reaping..and there is no end in sight
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
Oct 11, 2012 03:08am
He did condemn it and offer to bear expenses of her treatment here or abroad, the way you make is sound like shows that idiots like you do deserve leaders like Zardari and Sharif. Even on an sad event like this all you can think of is What Imran Khan is doing?? Shame on you.
M.Yaseen
Oct 10, 2012 01:04pm
Is Ms more innocent than Malala. Hope justice will be done
ip
Oct 11, 2012 07:14am
ah, of course...the foreign hand!
Numbersnumbers
Oct 10, 2012 07:09pm
He probably has to get their permission first, and agree to blame her attack on "Drones"!
Raja
Oct 11, 2012 07:11am
Hi NFP, I am from India and I open dawn website everyday only to see if there is any new article from you to read. The honest,well articulated and fearless writing makes your post touch everyone's heart. I can relate to you - I am also in my early forties, hate religious hippocracy/bigotry, hate discrimination of all kinds (religion, caste, sex), firm believer of personal freedom within the framework of law of the land being the most important right of every individual and that right has to be protected by the state at any cost. I had read about Malala briefly sometime back but this is the first time I actually came to know about her background, her challenges and the work she has done so far and seeing her photograph brought tears in my eyes - What kind of monster he might be? I am shocked at the madness of fanaticism. Heights of being brainwashed by their own version of religion and try to kill a 14 year old, little angel. Forget pulling the trigger, can anyone look into her expressive eyes filled with innocence, happiness, determination and hope for the future even think of killing her? I just hope and pray that she lives. And she will live to bring about a change in Pakistan. This incident is an opportunity for the people of Pakistan to shed their fear and unite to throw out Taliban. I wanted to add to the last points you made about "Apathy & Cynicism". I dont think you belong to that category. You are doing a great job of what you know the best - educating and changing readers mindsets.. which is very important! Cynics are people like me who hate these things, dream about a just society but dont do anything to change it. Religious bigotry, Inequality, discrimination, social injustice etc do exist in India, the only difference between India and Pakistan is that people dont go about killing one another to a large extent in India.
Suhail
Oct 10, 2012 06:36pm
So how strongly have your leaders (Obama, Zardari, Fazlur, Nawaz) condemned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan?
AHA
Oct 11, 2012 10:46am
Good point. But our priorities are messed up. We are more concerned about creating troubles for India than about our own wellbeing.
Raoul Ciao
Oct 11, 2012 07:12am
NFP is right. As someone else said, the problem with Pakistan is that the bravest Pakistani man is a 14 year old girl. Oh, by the way, does the PTI and Mr Imran have any stance on this TTP attempted killing of a little girl? They've been strangely silent......
faisaldunotions
Oct 11, 2012 07:12am
Dear NFP, where is your criticism on Bilour of ANP announcing a head bounty on the Filmmaker? Where is your criticism on Rehman Malik calling to behead a blasphemer with his both hands? If these liberals do something, you will not bother to mention them, but you are ready to pounce on anything "short-and-wide" by the others. That is not fair, NFP.
Imran
Oct 10, 2012 09:36pm
I think you should just shut up. This is not the time or the place.
ghaleezguftar
Oct 11, 2012 03:31pm
and you fraz sahab is a ray of hope in this dark night! thanks for your wealth of contribution to solve issues in pakistan! shame!
ghaleezguftar
Oct 11, 2012 03:29pm
no! this is not the reason! the reason is that you are a coward who can just post comments and cannot do anything to make a difference! your petty priorities of living a materialistic and comfortable life while you remain a parasitic consumer makes you a confirmed hypocrite who consoles herself by thinking that she has done her part by posting a comment on a hypocritical blog! shame on you!
mawish
Oct 11, 2012 03:28pm
well said Mr. Khan. Unfortunately people here are deaf, blind and insensitive.
Shahida Khan
Oct 11, 2012 07:07am
It has never stopped Mr. Khan from 'cursing' his opponents, what is stopping him from cursing the 'Zaalimaan'? What happened now? He's scared or what? What a coward your leader has turned out to be! Hope he brings out his dharna soon against the atrocities committed every day by these barbarians. Eagerly waiting for it, I am.
Slacker
Oct 11, 2012 07:07am
"If this incident does not wake us up then surely we are a dead nation." sounds a bit cliched now.
Roma
Oct 10, 2012 11:10am
Judging by some of the comments here and other Dawn blogs, I expect that Pakistan will cease to exist in the next 50 years.
Anindya
Oct 11, 2012 07:03am
I pray for Malala, a girl at 14 like my own, just incredibly brave and incredibly strong. May you live girl, and fulfill all the promise of your young life.
Imran
Oct 10, 2012 09:45pm
Malala is the true daughter of the east.
Pradeep
Oct 10, 2012 11:38am
A very sad day for Pakistan.
Murthy
Oct 10, 2012 11:37am
If religion and is not separated from public life, it is difficult to see how the situation can be improved. 'Islam'. The so called defenders of the religion spew venom and spray bullets indiscriminately and the world knows only this. This is why the world looks at Islam as one that deals in hatred and violence.
Kayenn
Oct 11, 2012 07:00am
When I think of these bigots, I can see the faces of cowards. Just imagine, so many of them planning and executing their plans with guns to eliminate a 14 years old female student, who with her pen and books threatens them !!!! Pen is still mightier than sword, you fools !!!!
Ahmed
Oct 10, 2012 11:08am
There is a lot rage accross the country. You can see it on media and elsewhere. the fact that NFP aricle appeared, and I who generally does not agree with NFP read the article and completely agree with him here. There is a lot of reaction.
mazhar masud
Oct 10, 2012 06:33pm
He has already given statement yesterday, and has visited her in CMH peshawar today. Please see the link http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=70854 But the main question is, is it going to be enough. We all need to stand up togather as one to face this evil.
ghaleezguftar
Oct 11, 2012 03:24pm
every email, phone line and person can be tracked in this world! how come ehsan ullah ehsan uses modern communication methods and still stay alive? where did he get his invisibility cloak? you are the one who should wake up before telling others!
omerkhanshaheen
Oct 10, 2012 11:06am
I feel very sorry and ashamed for not being able to safe guard our little treasures. I pray for her and all our other children effected like this every day that they survive, get better and start fighting again with even more strength, courage and wisdom. Insha'Allah. We are and will be with you!
SleepingPaki
Oct 10, 2012 11:06am
Ah...I feel sorry for this child......so whats up next? I am sure there will be an even bigger story in a day or two and we Pakistanis (not MUSLIMS) will move on with our lives.....long live Pakistan (maybe Taliban)
Information Age
Oct 10, 2012 11:06am
SWAT's every inch literally, is manned by the Pak army, how this happened right under their nose and no arrests made as yet. What good are they? if they cannot protect our kids and us from monsters like these.
Muhammad
Oct 10, 2012 11:06am
Taliban terrorists did not shot in the head of Malala, they infact hit the heart of the whole nation, our hearts go out for this brave girl she is a true icon of whole Paksitani nation infact she is a symbol of freedom for whole of the world, lets whole huminaty pray for her life and health.
rajansinha
Oct 10, 2012 11:08am
Let us hope and pray that she gets well. Let us also wonder if our praying is an excuse for our own paralysis, and an act of delegating our duty to God
Fizza Muazzam
Oct 10, 2012 08:00am
A very sad incident indeed...but since pakistan had too many of these kinds in the last few years...its not wrong to ask and wonder whether this one will make any difference to the society... The society , rotten to its roots...She lives or not is not the question... the question is did we ponder over her questions?...will we heed to her voice?...will we rise?.. or will be it just another blood in just another chowk...... sir i completely agree with you..
Dr. Vishaal Bhatr.
Oct 11, 2012 06:51am
I do not know how people will react to this comment, but here goes. I am an Indian. I am appalled by what you dear brothers are doing to Pakistan, your country. As an Indian, we are very afraid of our future together. A strong Pakistan is as essential to India as a Pakistan that stops violence and terrorism. By allowing the rampant spread of "Radical Islam" via the Taliban and other similar extremist fundamentalism in your beautiful country (I've heard great things about the beauty of Swat from your fellow citizens who I've been able to connect to via Facebook and other social networks) you are not only endangering your own existence, but at the same time, endangering those around you. May god give eternal health to young Malala Yousafzai and her ilk. May the young ones voice not go in vain! May Pakistan grow strong again and weed out it's termite infested Taliban out of the mindset and out of the world.
Shankar
Oct 10, 2012 10:53am
Yes, where is the rage? Does Pakistan care? Where are the demonstrations against this barbaric act? When is the government going to wake up from its slumber?
Faulitics
Oct 11, 2012 06:51am
Those who live by the sword have to die by the sword. Hitler was chased out of power not by holding negotiations with him but by bombing him and his supporters to smithereens.
zain
Oct 11, 2012 02:30pm
Madrassas educated moron !! !
Indian
Oct 11, 2012 02:29pm
Atlast one pakistani has spoken the truth ! Good job Gulkhan, keep up the good work and spread the awareness amongst others as well.
AHA
Oct 11, 2012 02:20pm
There are no 'balochis' in this world. The proper word in 'balochs'. Balochi is the language of the Balochs. High time the rest of Pakistanis learn what to call the people of Balochistan.
Rahul
Oct 11, 2012 06:46pm
From an indian a hindu and father of a young daughter ........ Malala sweet princess my respect and prayer are with you and your two friends...... you will win this battle too >>>> You are the beacon of hope for me and many of my countrymen too ... you are hope for peace hope for respect of another human individual in this terrorised part of the world !!!! Bhagwan / God / Allah / Waheguru always be with you to protect you !!! Your life is precious as any child's life at any corner of the world ......anyway taking a bullet in the head and still be alive in itself is a miracle and almighty's demonstration to those cowards that which side he is taking..... Fight on you brave daughter of the world and you will win!! And my respects to your parents too who have given birth and taught such great values to their girl child!
jatin
Oct 10, 2012 07:18pm
@pakistani You dont get it isnt it ?and I have little you seldom will.Your politicians and army have dug yourself into this hole and such a beautiful child just got shot by these medivial nut jobs .Its not Malala being shot ,your future's just been shot .Given that she is the picture of Pakistans future ,worthy to fight for.So go stand and fight for her .Don't worry about us and our minorities ,they are more than happy here ,not that it needs a certification from you..Sic !
Faisal
Oct 11, 2012 02:21pm
TTP is accepting responsibility, and you still believe some foreign hand is behind this attack. Wake up!
ahsan
Oct 11, 2012 02:16pm
Mr Khan, your ignorance shows your inability to see what these savages are doing to this country in the name of the religion. Would have been great if you had mentioned the thousands of innocent people including children that these savages have killed. Let the drones continue, at least they reduce the # of these savages!!!
deva
Oct 11, 2012 02:15pm
indian pirates or Somalian/arabian pirates, i think u must have done typo
deva
Oct 11, 2012 02:13pm
do you seriously think whatever talk currently happening not in the interest of pakistan? Drone Attacks intention is too kill terrorist and Malala attack motive is to kill progress/future.
Aamir
Oct 10, 2012 04:45pm
Keep blaming the US and keep suffering. It's you who is responsible for it and there is that extremist inside you that needs to be eliminated. You are the culprit and you are the victim! Accept it and do something about it before it's too late. America or Amreeka is doing what is best for it's citizens. People from all religions live a very peaceful and prosperous life there.
Raja PA
Oct 11, 2012 02:07pm
Mujhay gilla nahi qatiloon say- mujay sawal hai muhafizon say..................................
gulkhan
Oct 11, 2012 02:00pm
Yes we all failed as a society. Unfortunately we are thrown into this mess by those who are still considered heroes by some. The society has been radicalized to the limit, and it was done to scare India. In the hope of dismembering India and winning Afghanistan ( strategic depth) we have already lost half of the country and are now losing our population to blasts and bombs. Now is the time , all those responsible for this malaise to forget about the good and the bad taliban , join every peace loving citizen of this world, employ everything at their disposal ; drones, US, air crafts etc and finish this monster from our country and also from our neighbors. Our Bonaparts, our political islamists, Qazi and the likes and our seminaries need to be brought in line with the realities of today.
Khan
Oct 11, 2012 07:03pm
Thanks Mawish
Patriot Pakistani
Oct 11, 2012 07:05pm
that Nadeem F Paracha's article has appeared in Dawn is a great news.Dawn has consistenly refused to publish my and my friend's comments as they do not think that Sindhis & Balochi's are worth bothering with.This attitude is only adopted by one linguist party of Karachi and Dawn has become a ransom act which only entertains its chosen people.Pakistan has been at an Abyss for a long time and it is high time that our journalists and newspapers should not stifle the truth and comments which may not suit their chosen party.It is highly unlikely that this comment will be printed.I have commented before about the killer of Salman Taseer being felicitated by the Islamic militants of Pakistan ,be they in a garb of a political party or a voiciferrous group.It is a shame that Mullah's have got so much street power that an heinous Dictator's Blasphemy Law can not be brought into Parliament or rescinded. I am indeed indebted to Nadeem Paracha for raising social and historic issues with such a verve and I sincerely hope that Dawn would not censor him
Imran
Oct 11, 2012 02:38pm
Thanks bro, we will.
mawish
Oct 10, 2012 04:56pm
well said
Idiot
Oct 11, 2012 01:44pm
You dare slap my daughter, will slap you twice. But Malala is not the one controlling drones, she is not the one who made Mujahidee foot soldiers of US to fight against Soviet Union. You slap me and I slap you neighbor? Use your brain plz!
Human
Oct 10, 2012 12:29pm
Not one condemnation from any religious parties. More condemnation from abroad then inside Pakistan. Incredible.
DAUD MUNAWAR
Oct 11, 2012 01:43pm
In punjabi they say " hore choopo" we have to get rid of mullah. It is nothing but "Tabahai". Where is Imran Khan, supporter of taliban and peace maker. Another punjabi saying is " DHEEHAN SANJI HODIAN NAE"
Gulshan
Oct 10, 2012 04:56pm
And that is " The Question".
Bakhtawer Bilal
Oct 10, 2012 12:30pm
A lot of long term strategic planning. hmmm. What about calling a spade a spade. USA is bad, no doubt, but How about clearly saying that Talibans are monsters.
rocker
Oct 11, 2012 01:40pm
There is nothing you can do. Accept that Pakistan is a lost cause and hope and pray that it does not disintegrate. The virus, whether greed or corruption in the political arena or religious radicalization is so deep in our society now, that i don't think even God ( and this is for all those who say Allah hi hafiz hai) wants to save our society from this low. People like Malala are brave but unfortunately fighting a lost cause.
suku
Oct 10, 2012 04:05pm
Pakistan, this is your chance! No one in the right mind can accept trying to kill a child, and then even justifying it. She is alive by God's will and with a purpose. Let this descend to darkness light a flame that will cleanse the entire society!! - suku
Vj
Oct 10, 2012 08:50pm
A little girl was brutally shot in the name of religion. As a nation your citizens should demand that religion should be put in its place. Not to mention the perpetrators. Or is Islam untouchable? The beauty and depth in any religion cannot be denied - but religion has to be shown its place. Not too big. Not too small. Are your youngsters able to face up their parents and show religion its place? Or have they been brainwashed... I do believe that Pakistani and Indian muslims are the most moderate.. But the bad symptoms are too frequent.
Ashfaq Khan
Oct 10, 2012 01:58pm
This is shame- I live in Mohmand Agency and have to move my family to Abbottabad because of Taliban fear. School in out village were destroyed by Taliban attached to our house and army was watching from less then 300 yards from there. Next morning Political agent arrest all the inocent locals, which were released latter and were told that poor local have to repair the school. I have not seen this whole story in media. People are sick of this whole taliban drama and dont know why Pakistani army finished there roots. I am reading people articles who are not even living in Pakistan. Everyone knows this is shame act and our sisters and daughter are not safe and we cant protect them. When taliban asked (malila sok da) thats the point someone needs to step up and protect her. I am reading a lot of condemed messages from Political leaders, prime mininter but didnt see any pratical work has been done and people involve are arrest. I am sorry Malila no one was there to protect you. Your protection is duty of every pakistani citizen living in pakistan. We are hopeing and praying that one day we will have our schools back and we will live in peace
Kausik
Oct 11, 2012 10:41pm
very touching apology by NFP to malala and I join him on behalf of humanity in apologize to malala for our inability to prevent this cruelity as i know even if she lives will have considerable brain damage.This is a tragedy of Himalayan proportions
Imran
Oct 11, 2012 12:15pm
It is high time pakistani wake up . otherwise 1971 will repeat itself. You have balochis, Sindhis, Pakhtoons boiling with anger
Mirza Masood Sikander Baig
Oct 10, 2012 09:22pm
I am shocked to read the barbaric attack on an innocent girl- a torch bearer of freedom from the reins of terror. May God bless her with health and more courage. Masood Baig
SS
Oct 11, 2012 12:13pm
While watching Arab Spring pics everywhere last year, I used to wonder where are pakistani revolutionary people, why can't we see anyone from Pakistan standing against their establishment. Then I discover Dawn, NFP and Malala.
klipsch2010
Oct 11, 2012 05:28am
What the so called elders and leaders could not do these years, this young angel had the courage to stand up against the hoodlums...
Ahmed Khan
Oct 10, 2012 06:25pm
No, let the Americans do it with drones, because Pakistani people, the Army and the Govt. are all gutless ! They have neither the resolve, nor the political will and courage to do the right thing--namely to wipe out the extremists ruthlessly! Yes, let the Americans do it because we are gutless!
Lakshmanan Krishnamurti
Oct 10, 2012 11:01am
This is a logical and horrific conclusion to trying to build a land for the pure. The more you chase purity, more things and people appear pure and the definition of the pure keeps getting narrower.
saadiagha
Oct 11, 2012 04:44pm
I squarely blame the urban middle class for this act. The most hypocritical people out there. They have never come forward with a solid disagreement and condemnation of the Taliban. They are wishy washy with their understanding of the menace. they have no idea where it comes from.. they have no idea what it means..
Sikander
Oct 11, 2012 04:08am
Fully agree! Very well said. It is our duty to make our house clean and tidy. Dirt must be dumped trashed for forever.
Zafar
Oct 11, 2012 12:20am
Jamal! You are exactly what’s wrong with the country. Shame on you a trillion times.
Irfan
Oct 11, 2012 12:17am
What bloody animals these Talibans and the govt for doing nothing but trying to get free publicity and riding on this mishap. These Talibans not not muslims but brainwashed idiots who need to be kicked out.
John Smith (@Freedomfan35)
Oct 11, 2012 12:11am
So sad that this young girl was shot by jerks and so called Islamists. The conspiracy here is that the so called anti americans are so quite when their heroes commit these acts, what happened to Imran Khan, he tweets his outrage, rather than go on TV and condemn these people
Ajaya K Dutt
Oct 10, 2012 07:05pm
Her miraculous recovery has made a believer out of atheist out of me. God, you are definitely are merciful. At least you did not fail me this time. But victim does not have to be a child, articulate, persistent, Muslim and courageous. There is an outrage in Pakistan, but it is past due. Way past due.
Joe
Oct 10, 2012 01:35pm
(Please don't criticize the messenger here for mentioning this.) ... Two terms are being used in blogs around the world, calling the Taliban "islamofascists" and "islamonazis". What a horrible connection the Taliban are giving to a religion. Where are the public protests?
AHA
Oct 11, 2012 10:54am
We have been grooming them specially for you. We do not care about overselves, as long as we are able to hurt you.
Fraz
Oct 11, 2012 09:15am
Yes Nadeem Sahib ,You are right. Monsters are never defeated by mere condemnation.Monsters are to be killed,destroyed . Taliban are Monsters and their supporters are source of encouragement for the monster. So Munawar Hassan,Imran Khan etal are part and parcel of the Monster ideology.
Pradip
Oct 10, 2012 11:59pm
Indeed, she is stronger than most of us here...
Indian
Oct 11, 2012 08:59am
Americans rightly said "snakes in your backyard dont just bite your neighbours" ! this is what happens when you betray and run bogus war on terrorism for the sake of begging AIDs from Americans. Pakistan should atleast mend its ways now, the whole world knows its a failed state run by crooks. My best wishes and prayers are with the little girl who had "balls" to stand for whats right.
akil akhtar
Oct 10, 2012 10:53pm
And they have killed thousands of innocent girls like Malala so far in their righteous (LOL) fight.
manish
Oct 11, 2012 08:50am
@AKIL: yes we do not care about talibs, Mr. akil.
manish
Oct 11, 2012 08:44am
you, with your remark justify jatin's indifference to a normal pakistani. instead of supporting him, all you can do is to somehow tell him that he is not needed. FYI you pakistanis have not been too cordial to your daughter, and so the rest of the world is forced to show sympathy to your daughters. keep your head burried in sand. and there won't be much people left to show sympathy with you.
hitesh
Oct 11, 2012 08:42am
Answer Little Man ! What is the use of more than a million strong army of brave soldiers if it couldn't protect their 14 years young daughter ! What is the use of giving protection to Mr. President,Mr. PM all the Chiefs of Army Staff, if they couldn't make sure safety of such a venerable victim ? What is the use of 200 million strong 'awam' of this greatest Republic if they couldn't raise of for their daughter ?
Ali
Oct 11, 2012 08:40am
Its a sorry state of affairs and we as a nations are all to be blamed for this for our apathy, for our inaction, for lying in our comfy living rooms thanking Allah that this has not (yet) happened t one of our kids ! And even more shameful are the acts of those who taking pride in their vain, pseudo-intellectualism classify these monsters as "good" and "bad" and advocate engaging with them instead of eradicating them. All this for their own vested political interests and because they consider themselves to be a superior species compared to the Malalas of this world, their kids either living a luxurious lifestyle in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi or even better in Dubai, New York or London ! Lets just for a moment, as parents, put ourselves in the shoes of Malala's parents. What agony they must be going through! What was the fault of their poor little girl ? Advocating education ? And the savage taliban felt threatened by a little girl ! In addition to NFP, I also apologize to Malala.... for not having done anything to eradicate these marauding dogs !
Sriram
Oct 11, 2012 08:39am
May your tribe increase.
Sriram
Oct 11, 2012 08:33am
What battle? Did you read the article? All the horrific assasinations before this were just absorbed glumly by the majority of Pakistanis, while the vociferous bigots(hopefully a minority, but I can't be certain) celebrated each one of them. The Pakistanis who comment here are a miniscule proportion of their country - t h e y d o n' t c o u n t !
Indian
Oct 11, 2012 08:32am
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." Mahatama Gandhi
Ghalib Khan
Oct 11, 2012 10:49am
Dear Mr. Ram, If I claim that I am a PhD that really does not make me one, Taliban version of Islam is a fabricated, tailored made to suit their motives
Ash
Oct 11, 2012 08:10am
No she is not dead, you need an army of young people like her, to rise to the top and use their young minds to bring you forth out of the mess you are in. Encourage and protect these open minds and hearts for the future, it is your only chance to escape the backwardness of the Taliban, educate the boys and girls equally and let them lead you to a better way.
Siam Erzuah
Oct 10, 2012 09:50pm
Those perpetrating these heinous crimes in the name of Allah are not true Muslims. If they call themselves Muslims then they should answer these questions: How come Allah made it categorically clear that killing one human being is akin to killing the entire mankind; an act which is proscribed because its deemed abominable ? How come the Prophet himself called for tolerance and forgiveness even for those who mistreated and tortured him ? How can Islam be called a religion of peace when these stinking, raging, flatulating lunatics with peanuts-size brains calling themselves Muslims continue to kill innocent people whose only crime is offering genuine criticism of actions deemed un-Islamic? Those of us who converted to Islam because of the noble vision and message of the Prophet are sick and tired of the skunks in Pakistan and elsewhere who continue to kill innocent people in the name of a religion they do not even understand. The people and government of Pakistan should stand up and fight off these rampaging amorphous creepies to help salvage the name of Islam. Please, Pakistan, do away with these mad men before its too late !
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 10:28am
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear." --Marcus Tullius Cicero 42B.C.
Qaisar Khosa
Oct 10, 2012 10:24am
To all those shedding tears (or pretending to) like you, just capturing the opportunity to score points in your own wisdom. How many times have you blogs and columns reflected despair when similar young girls (or boys) suffer abuse, get killed, forced into jirga decided rituals etc.? I wish hypocracy didn't flourish as much it does today in international media in general and Pakistani media in particular.
Faisal Haroon
Oct 10, 2012 12:06pm
Malala has paid for our silence and cowardice. May God forgive us even though we are not worthy of His forgiveness. Shame on these people. They will surely burn in hell!
Ismat
Oct 11, 2012 04:02am
You cannot be serious Jamal.Pity on your mindless mind
Sayeed
Oct 10, 2012 10:19am
It sure is.. The rot is deep ..you see how the general Pakistani responses ...absulutely the rot is getting deeper....and all in the name of religion .
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 10:18am
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -- Voltaire
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 10:15am
"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives." -- Robert Heinlein
Saptarshi Chakraborty
Oct 10, 2012 10:15am
Any religion or any person is human first then he is identified with religion.. How can you ever shoot a person point blank that also a 14 year old teenage girl... What have you achieve and you are justifying this act ..how can killing be justified... What religion teaches us and what have we learnt..
Aamir
Oct 10, 2012 04:32pm
Very well said, "Religion today is not what it is in the scriptures – It is what the majority thinks and does in the name of religion."
Rajesh
Oct 10, 2012 03:47pm
We can now blame BBC and let Taliban go untarnished
Amir Saeed
Oct 10, 2012 07:16pm
Shame on You! There is no difference. Qadiry killed according to what in his twisted mind was the Sharia. This is what these Taliban animals are claiming - trying to defend their despicable act by referring to Sharia. People like you have done the biggest disservice to Islam. Shame on you again.
Amir Saeed
Oct 10, 2012 10:05am
For PTI Supporters from a PTI sympathiser: May be you will not like this but the issue of Taliban and extremism is more complicated than PTI likes to think. The problem may have started with US in Afghanistan and drones but it has taken on a life of its own. I don't think it will just evaporate with the American's departure from Afghanistan. The Pakistani state has to take on these animals on its own and for its own security. The PTI arguments goes that these people are fighting because there are drone attacks and the army is fighting them. If the Americans leave and the Army is pulled out, life will go back to normal. I do not entirely agree. They have a world view and an agenda that goes far beyond that. Actually, the US departure may only embolden and encourage them. I think Imran Khan would do well to issue a clear, categorical, emphatic and severe condemnation of this incident.
DharmendraGoel
Oct 10, 2012 10:04am
Nadeem Paracha,hasexpressedhisanguishasoneMalala yusufzaiayounggirl hasbeenhitby gunshot by votariesofIslamistJehadknownasGTalibans. this act ofcowardlyassaulting an unprotectedGirl by theseZralotswould do nothing but difigure therepution ofislamistoutlook , forall times. People whohave deepconviction aboutIslamicspiritualism must move forward and correctsuch ugly happeningsof Talibans thatbesmirch the religiousprofile ofIslam..D. Goel
KKRoberts
Oct 10, 2012 10:02am
A few days back Dawn published an article written by eminent Journalist Cyril Almedia. http://dawn.com/2012/10/07/the-demagogue-in-khan/ He clearly explained the dangers of Taliban to Pakistan.But most of the readers filled him with venom!.
Balu
Oct 10, 2012 10:01am
This is simply beyond my comprehension. Are you telling me a 14th Years old little girl was shot at by adult men ! What a blasphemy ! My God! What a blasphemy ! Time for those who protested against the 'innocence of islam' to come out on the streets, march to swat and give an ultimatum to the Taliban.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:57am
Time to reach for your guns.
Sohaib YAHIA
Oct 10, 2012 09:56am
I never felt more ashamed of being Pakistani before this horrendous, despicable and gutless act of barbarism by our very own and self-created and glorified monsters called Talibans. Equally shocking, but highly predictable, is the muted response by our fellow champions of religion and not to forget our loud mouthed anti-drone political mileage seekers. I would live to see when any of the power wielders - army, judiciary, politicians, media and mullas - stand up and announce a 'march' against this ghastly act, which has further taken this country to the brink of disintegration.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:54am
They are also scared of America. The Taliban have said themselves hooking up with Al-Qaeda was a mistake. They know they have paid a big price for that. In their own words.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:55am
We are all in God's hands at the end of our lives, and when we come close to death.
Farooq
Oct 10, 2012 09:56am
Another Sad day for people of Pakistan. We have been talking about Monster, but no one seems serious bringing these monster to its end. After few days of talk shows and mere condemnation from higher ups,the things will be as usual until God forbids we have another incident and writting blogs and posting comments.
Akmal Qabal
Oct 10, 2012 09:51am
We Pakistanis spend everyday trying to outdo each other in our commitment to Islam. We wear our belief with pride and boast of our commitment to God in a very public way. But we hold on to our hatred for each other and anyone who is different. Sects, Clans, Regions, Languages all differences are magnified. And once you take all that anger and cloak it under a religious veil, the angry person justifies all of his actions as a commandment of God. Ignorance is bliss...
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:51am
America and the British and Australians and Europeans were doing the fighting. No shame on them.
Jayeshdewana
Oct 10, 2012 04:06pm
This incident is an collective grief of Pakistan , an eye opener too, Pakistan has been reduced to fractions, Shia's, Sunni's, Ahmediya's, Punjabi's Sindhi's, Baloch, Pathan's etc etc, I have been told by a very good Pakistani friend that by the time the child is 4 years old he talks about guns and killings , every Friday's the cleric's scream on top of their voices to kill kill and kill, can't you all see what an violent society you have become ? what crimes have been committed in the name of religion, how much the innocent people, including the minorities are being oppressed in the name of religion ? just for one minute close your eyes and ask yourselves what this Taliban are doing is it right ? are the clerics who support and breed such animals are doing service to Islam, to mankind and above all to the Nation ? why are you all nourishing these merchants of death ? why don't you all unite and eradicate this nuisance once for all, do you want to leave this kind of legacy for your future generation ? once you get the answer from your conscience, do something good for your society and your Nation
D
Oct 10, 2012 09:49am
For once, can you just stop gloating in the evils of other societies ONLY to avoid looking at problems in your own? Is finding evils in India going to make your life better or your country a notch higher? STOP LIVING IN DENIAL AND GET REAL, PLEASE! You know the tendency to list 10 (usually outdated notions) of some other country as against a real and persistent evil in your own society is plain foolish and very destructive, which is not going to harm others but your own self, your own society, your own country!!! ...and If you can, then please realise the people NFP have talked about in the column above are exactly the kind you're!
samo
Oct 10, 2012 07:52pm
what is the goverment doing....a third of the country ruled by ISI a third by thaliban and a third by United states
Leftist
Oct 10, 2012 09:44am
This incident should open the eyes of apologists and taliban sympathizers. This incident should be a turning point for Pakistan. We should come out in streets and show our support to this corageous little girl. Let us all come out and do a long march to Swat in support. Lets see what the apologists have to say to this? Abhi nahi to kabhi nahi !!
tony
Oct 10, 2012 09:43am
It is a very shameful to pakistanies those even can not dare to protest for this poor kid. They can come against any american or indian or any other country where they have to do nothing but nobody has come out to support this brave girl. No one has arrange a rally in support. No pray has held for her health. They(pak) can burn indian or usa flag, they can dream to rule india or america but they can not think about a truth. shame on these people. May god bless this brave girl and i hope she does not have any future in such community.i am very sad for this girl
Sami
Oct 10, 2012 11:01am
I think the people who do not condemn such acts are needed to be condemned openly. Specially the religious people like "Imam" of the Masjid if he does not condemn these people and label these people friends of "Kuffarr" during "Khutba" of Friday Prayer then we should consider them responsible for such acts too. Actually these Taliban type terrorists are a result of such mindset. We should stand against people of such mindset. And please start from your neighbourhood.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:40am
"Fanaticism and ignorance can only destroy, can only punish." INHERIT THE WIND Taliban goal #1: Tear down society. The society of which they are not a part.
sajid
Oct 10, 2012 09:41am
only if i could have that colleague of yours in fornt of me at time..
SleepingPaki
Oct 10, 2012 11:27am
That was a prediction 50 years ago...
venkat
Oct 10, 2012 11:28am
Atlast I see the sane lot of Pakistan coming out!! Kudos to you guys!! I know this is a bit diversion of the topic but we Indians are not different you are being destroyed by the religious fanatics and we are being destroyed the by the elected (say corrupted) fanatics . This incident should spark a new beginning for the sane Pakistanis to condemn what is happening out there.
Aizaz Moin
Oct 10, 2012 11:31am
Roma, I agree with you. As a once proud Pakistan Army officer who has led some of the finest men into battle, some of whom gladly laid down their lives to protect THIS nation. I think Pakistan will soon cease to exist in less than the 50 yars you have given. My guess is ONE year
Pradip
Oct 11, 2012 12:05am
What are you talking about Cyrus Howell? Who will reach for guns....most of the Pakistani society, especially the rich and the educated think like the Taliban. If people were to reach for their guns, it would most likely be against sensible people not the other way around.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:37am
She already has the strength.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:36am
Think it's a ticket to Oxford?
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:35am
Shot in the neck, and shot in the skull! She is a pretty tough kid. Hard to kill. Perhaps we should not have been surprised or shocked that happened.
faaziz
Oct 10, 2012 09:36am
We are so intoxicated by our self-righteousness that we can not even begin to think that we are committing hypocrisy.
D
Oct 10, 2012 09:35am
Pakistan, you make human beings cringe! Stop stooping to a new low every few days! Ironic, it is, that the people of this country are willing to die and kill in the name of ALLAH but can't live and let live God's own children! Shame on you Pakistan, you're indeed a bottomless cesspool and the moral bankruptcy of your people is clearly beyond repair now! Malala Yousufzai, you don't deserve this country! Please leave.
YA
Oct 10, 2012 02:15pm
Wake up the Pakistani Government ? What are the ppl of Pakistan doing?
suneel
Oct 10, 2012 02:12pm
There are regions in South Asia which are in worse economic condition (for example, parts of Bangladesh, some provinces in India and even Tharparkar in Pakistan), why there is almost no terrorism there?
anil tiwari
Oct 10, 2012 09:30am
She only wanted to study. It is so normal for a child to study. This story only brought tears to my eyes. May God give her strength.
observer
Oct 10, 2012 09:27am
Gautam, there is rot. But you need to understand that we don't perceive religion the way Indians do. So, some of the anti-Hindu comments that you find strange may not be as ill-intentioned that they appear to be. Yet, Pakistanis need to improve in their tolerance. Having said this, I must add that hatred and stereotyping that Pakistanis face at the hands of Indians also indicates a great narrow-mindedness on the part of Indians too. But confidence needs to be built across the board and all people must be capable of seeing things beyond the lenses of narrow interpretations.
baakhlaq
Oct 10, 2012 09:25am
NFP this innocent soul has given us an opportunity to unite and stand against the forces of cruelty , obscurantism and darkness.condemnations will not work any more .this is the time when we the public will have to fight against this mindset.they are in minority and have hijacked the majority.I Just feel like striking my head against the wall. it is too much . We are extraordinarily quick to protest against the offences committed in the foreign lands but everyone becomes silent when we do it ourselves.How disgusting and shameful it is and still we claim that we are ASHRAFULMAKHLOOQAT.
Shah UK
Oct 10, 2012 09:24am
What is beyond me is that we have not had a SINGLE condemnation from any of the other religious parties/institutions or maulanas AT ALL. Looks like the entire Tableeghi Jamaat is on a chillla. Incredible.
Jamal
Oct 10, 2012 09:23am
Dear NFP, There is huge difference between brutal talibans and Glorious Ghazi Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. Please dont mix-up them.
observer
Oct 10, 2012 09:20am
The sooner we forget about IK being solution to all problems of Pakistan, the better. He is just a politician. Sooner or later, he may be voted in by people. But please let us not expect him to solve all the problems of country and society. He loves to make tall claims but either he lives in a world of illusions or he is trying to cheat people. At best, he will be slightly better than PPP and PML-N. If he promises the nation sudden glory, please don't listen to him. Keep realities in mind.
shrmz
Oct 10, 2012 09:20am
Sad...and shame on this mindset
Howard Steel
Oct 11, 2012 09:19am
Will this atrocious and disgusting act by cowards in the name of Islam be enough for good Pakistanis to stand up and say 'enough is enough'? Will Imran Khan focus his considerable talent and charisma on the issue of violence toward girls and women in the hope of stirring the 'silent majority' to speakk out loud and clear? This is evvil pure and simple. There is no justification for such acts, in Islam or in civil society. You 'average Pakistanis' are the only hope for correcting this problem. What will it take to take a stand?
Peace
Oct 11, 2012 10:49am
Well, what kind of Islam these modern day Kharijites are trying to impose?. Ah, I got an answer" the one which is in danger because of a 14 years old girl". Come on, have a heart, this horrible act can never ever be justified, neither religiously nor ethically or any word ending in -ily. NFP, you have just written what I was feeling. It did hurt me when Taseer was murdered, but the pain was excruciating like sucking my soul when I saw people showering flower petals on that lucifer. This time the pain and disgust is immense, but again, I am going through agony, watching and listening the apologetic, mindless and heartless so called leaders trying to please both people and at the same time not wanting to enrage taliban and their patrons. I am so ashamed to be part of this era.....Malala dear, you have much more courage and moral than 99.99% of present day people of Pakistan and 100% more than the politicians and leaders.
ali
Oct 10, 2012 09:16am
my thoughts exactly
ZXY
Oct 10, 2012 09:16am
I am glad that I was wrong about her death.
ZXY
Oct 10, 2012 09:13am
No need to act so jumpy - maybe the radio jockey was misinformed. But there is simply no truth in your statement that majority of Pakistanis condemn Qadri. He is showered with rose petals wherever he is taken (incidentally a pre-Islamic sub-continental way of showing adulation). He had the best advocates for his defence including the former Chief Justice of Lahore High Court. The judge who sentenced him in lower court has to flee the country. And about Sati - when was the last time you heard someone committing Sati and how many Indians justifying Sati in the name of religion. Religion today is not what it is in the scriptures - It is what the majority thinks and does in the name of religion.
Gautam
Oct 10, 2012 09:13am
I would like to know Zaid Hamid's views on this. Kya isme RAW ka haath hai?
Imtiaz
Oct 10, 2012 09:09am
Malala, your life and work will not be forgotten and will inspire thousands/millions to take up your cause. Silence from Imams and Mullahs, and no protest like the one against a movie - is a statement in its own right! Fundamentalism is an insidious form of fascism which is every bit as evil and depraved as that variant practiced by the Nazis. 'Moderate' Muslims condone it by their silence. Taliban know that education is destroyer of hatred. That is why they have accepted the responsibility saying that the girl was being un-Islamic by attempting to be educated which is secular concept. I have lived four times as long as Malala Yousafzai, but my life will never amount to a fraction of what she did and stood for. She stood for education, she wasn`t even demanding equality; for that she probably would have been stoned alive long ago. It's the Taliban's official policy to deny the Afghan girls education. Girls are banned from studying some subjects in Iran. Under ten years old girl's marriage has recently been allowed in Iran.
Akber Sultan
Oct 10, 2012 09:08am
Its not a matter of life or death of Malala. The act by Taliban shows their mentality. They are not scared of GOD. But they are SCARED of a little girl.
FAB
Oct 10, 2012 09:04am
Inshaallah
Asif Kashmiri
Oct 10, 2012 09:05am
for God sake she IS NOT DEAD and inshahallah will always live in our hearts, get your fact correct RADIO INDIA
Akber Sultan
Oct 10, 2012 09:03am
Can our religious leaders come out for protest against Taliban and Alies who have killed Our daughter Malal like they came out for protest against USA. If they do not come out for proposet it will be considered that they support Taliban and killers of Malal. We know that religious parties interprete their own Islam for their own benefit. Insidents like film against Islam are life line for them. If this does not happen they will die and no body will remember them.
Gautam
Oct 10, 2012 09:01am
Mr. Pakone.....I totally agree with 'ZXY'. I live in Australia and my partner is a goes to a local handy tertiary college. Some of her classmates are Pakistanis and have become friends and eventually Facebook friends. When India was going to play Pakistan in the worldcup last year, my wifes Pakistani friends and their friends started posting outright anti-hindu remarks on their posts. It was despicable to read such comments from so called half-educated Pakistanis. I will also add that, (I have more than 2000 friends on Facebook, I dont have a life!) though some of my Indian friends are not too kind either but I have never seen them making anti-religious comments. ZXY is right, THE ROT IS TOO DEEP...ALAS
akil akhtar
Oct 10, 2012 11:00pm
where are the talibans getting all teh money... has anyone thought that. Why have they ecome so active in Pakistan after the american arrival. The west adn india are not that innocent
BRR
Oct 10, 2012 02:18pm
All for the glory of some religion, do we willingly sacrifice our young. For the free pass to heaven, people are willing to kill and willing to die. Where is the joy of living? Where is the appreciation of the beauty of the whole universe? Where is compassion in all of this?
mawish
Oct 10, 2012 10:25pm
imran khan went to waziristan to try to establish peace. and rightly so. unless this insane so-called US led war on terror does not end, religious extremism will continue to grow. there has to be an end to this madness. and the solution lies in getting the people of waziristan our side, and tackllng these militants through these tribal people. dropping drones and bombs in waziristan is going to make things worse.
urawal
Oct 10, 2012 08:59am
Bunch of Hijdas. !!!!!!!!!................got afraid of a little girl................What a courageous girl and that too at 14 yrs..........She will rise like a phoenix.............. Time for Pakis to come out and protest like they did agst the film.............
Umar
Oct 10, 2012 08:52am
Will the honorable Chief Justice summon TTP Spokesman....or ask the government to arrest him as he summons security agencies officers in TTP member cases in courts.
MZK
Oct 10, 2012 08:52am
Such cowards!!!They call themselves MEN! Shame on them.
amazed
Oct 10, 2012 08:51am
"Qadri is also condemned by the majority of people here". A fearing minority condemned the acts of Qadri. I think you do not have television at your home.
ysk
Oct 10, 2012 08:51am
and apparently the guy who is supposed to bring revolution to this country wants a dialogue with them and tell them we are sorry u were sinned, however you only retaliated to drone by killing people who had nothing to do with it ...please accept apology from our side although we have only condemned drones and self-destructed several times for the same reason, but you can keep killing our children point blank to vent off your anger. Shame to all who have any soft corner for these murderers
Shankar
Oct 10, 2012 08:46am
Should we be terrorised into providing a meal a day?
Jennifer
Oct 10, 2012 08:46am
Pakone Which era are you living in...how many incidents of sati have you read or heard about in the last century..,we are progressive not regressive society...most of you think sati was a pan-indian phenemenon...do you know why Sati started....it was because the men who were killed in war by the barbaric invaders from outside ,their women were taken as sexslaves....by those sex staved maniacs...so it was death over dishonour.....mostly in Rajput societies which over time turned into a social evil...go read and educate your pea size brain from a good institute..not from a hate spewing madrassa
mazhar masud
Oct 10, 2012 02:19pm
I have no words to show my grief and sorrow at this horrible crime. I wish we can develop even one percent of her courage to face these misguided people. My dear friends who have commented before me we must realize, that problem which we are facing is much more complex then we think. This cancer has been allowed to take hold in our country for some time. It needs some very determined and long term fight, may Allah give us strength and courage to fight these people. I am reproducing a poem by one of our great poets Habib Jalib in honor of this brave little BAITI OF PAKISTAN. "Dartay hain bandooqon walay ek nehatti larki say Phailay hain himmat kay ujalay ek nehatti larki say Daray hooway hain maray hooway hain larzeeda larzeeda hain Mulla, tajir, general jiyalay, ek nehatti larki say “Aazadi ki baat naa kar, logon say na mil”, yeh kehtay hain Bayhiss, zalim, dil kay kaalay, ek nehatti larki say " Mazhar masud
goga
Oct 10, 2012 08:43am
aik convolution ko saaf kia nayi explanation a gai :P way to remain shrouded in fantasies dude!
SS
Oct 10, 2012 08:40am
Do you really think that an Indian or any other national is required to defame Pakistan? look around your country and you will get the answer buddy!
Yusuf Perth
Oct 10, 2012 08:40am
Hey Don't they know according to their religious belief, a pregnant animal should not be killed. What type of people are they, hate to this extent
Omar
Oct 11, 2012 03:16am
I agree with everything you said but that general part. This is the kind of thinking that is holding pakistan back. We don't need a savior like musharraf to fall out of the sky and fix our problems. WE can do it ourselves. This is what being in a democracy is about. We have to have the courage to stand up to these people. No one is going to do it for us. Evil only happens when good men stand by and let it happen.
Urooj
Oct 10, 2012 05:01pm
What hope do we have for our society, when beacons of hope - like Malala and Salman Taseer - are being killed for "daring" to stand up for the basic human right to education and equal treatment (towards all minority groups)? This is what scares me the most. Not the numbness, not the indifference to it all. But the fact that the brave souls who rise up to make a difference are being indiscriminately and systematically executed.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 09:49am
America makes no excuses for killing it's enemies, and Pakistan has no excuses for not going after these killers.
Nauman
Oct 10, 2012 05:00pm
You know what the reaction of a majority of the so called educated youth is to this, " US did it to defame Imran Khan." And when you thrash them on this ludicrous argument they turn towards western sponsored NGOs. The thing is that the educated youth that gets educated and hates the west wants to live in the west. The want a caliphate in Pakistan and want to become citizens of the west. They do not realize that they are suffering from incurable disease called denial. What will become of Pakistan is anybody's guess, but one thing is for sure - they way we are going, it could be unthinkably bad.
ACFP
Oct 10, 2012 08:20pm
For some reason most of my comments do not get published in Dawn but I keep writing. This girl has more courage than me! This girl has more courage than all of the wimps in charge of Pakistan government, military, all of the politicians and all of the religious nuts combined. Do not forget that it was the parliament who legally gave Sawat away to TTP. The PTI, PPP, PMLs and all other political parties combined could not stand against TTP and this girl lived in the den of the hyenas. Bravo Malala bravo. Pakistani leadership, politicians and military have sold their soul to the devil. Blood and more blood, brutality and more brutality, cowardness and more cowardness, justifications and more justifications are all you will get when bay-ghairat brigade is running the show and "muhafizoon nay choorian pehan lee hoon".
zain
Oct 11, 2012 11:54am
Imran khan is playing a dangerous double game. Beware awam.
Hana Khan
Oct 10, 2012 02:24pm
Jahalat ki adalat ne tujhey haq baat kehney per saza e maut dey dee hai tujhey kiya fikr hai? teree sabhee rahein to jannat ko nikaltee hain farishtey aasmano pe kahein sergoshiyaan kertey hain apas mei abhee to farsh pe aur arsh pe sab muntazer hain faisley ke naa janey kiya khuda ka hukm ho ga iss ke barey mei magar itna to tey hai ke ye firdous e baree'n hai muntazer teree tu jis rastey se chah...ey iss mei dakhel ho ke b's jayey koee pehra nahee hai rooh per teree ye dunya kab terey laeq hai tehree? yahan reh ker bhee tujh ko kiya hai hasil? ta'afffun jinn ke zehno mei bhraa hai wo tujh ko sans bhee leney naa dein gey terey serr per koee pistool rakh ker teree awaaz ko khamosh ker kerr wo itna bhee samajh naa payey hain ke teree awaaz to ab chaar suu hai terey serr pe dupatta ho salamat terey bastey pe ab teraa lahuu hai terey dukh se hamaree aankh namm hai jo hum ko fakhr tujh pe hai wo kumm hai khudaya jo bhee teri maslehat ho ussey hum teree merzee maan lein gey amanat hai teree tu ley ley wapas humara kiya hai hum ye jaan lein gey ke hum qabil nahee hain derguzar ke "Malala" hum ko beta maaf ker dey khuda samjhey gaa terey dushmano se tu apni qoum se dil saaf ker dey ~ Hana Khan
RJ
Oct 10, 2012 10:30pm
They only shot a little girl point blank in the head, whats the big deal....... we should have a dialogue with them to lay down their arms. Imran - I used to be a big fan, not anymore.
pakone
Oct 10, 2012 08:30am
First of all she is not dead, the bullet has been removed - it missed her brain and spinal cord Allah shukar. Second which facebook are you reading? - the ENTIRE Pakistani nation on twitter, FB and news websites is widely and openly condemning this pathetic and cowardly act by a few deranged "men". Qadri is also condemned by the majority of people here. Nice try by an Indian troll to defame Pakistanis on our websites yet again. Why don't you stop sati in your villages eh? A woman burns herself to death cause her hubby has died in the name or your religion. Cheers. We have a few bad apples, you have many more.
kumar USA
Oct 10, 2012 08:30am
shame on me that i cannot do much,shame on you, shame on Pakistan,shame on whole world - For heaven's sake, she is just 14. Googled Malala after this news and read about her lot - , few tears rolled in, never happenned to me in last 5 years.
Raghu S Johar
Oct 10, 2012 08:17pm
Media of Pakistan specially TV channels also look to be afraid of culprit Talibans and do not want to condemn them openly fearing retaliation. This is the reason they put all blame on drones of USA. This is very sad story of Pakistan. Only Military can take strong action against Talibans but it does not want to eliminate them as it needs them to use in Afghanistan and Kashmir if needed.
Neha Khan
Oct 10, 2012 08:26am
ZXY....Malala is NOT dead. Either you heard it wrong or Indian radio was misinformed. Nations' prayers are with her. InshaAllah she will get well and get well completely (ameen).
Artem Mikoyan
Oct 10, 2012 07:02pm
http://dawn.com/2012/10/10/clinton-condemns-attack-on-malala-yousafzai/ Eh..have taliban outlawed reading your own newspapers???
Allaisa Xuver
Oct 10, 2012 04:31pm
You say you defended the nation but against whom did you defend? Yea, I know it is against big, bad, Hindu India. But what donot mention is that it is you who started the wars in 47, 65 and 99 and in every case you did not achieve the objective. But you claim disproportionate amount of your country's resources for the army. You know what, if you disband the army and spend the money saved on the people to promote education and welfare your country would have been a developed country like South Korea. Even now it is not too late.
Shankar
Oct 10, 2012 08:25am
My hatred for Taliban is multiplied manifold after this incident! Cowards! I pray to God for her fast recovery!
Sarah
Oct 10, 2012 08:25am
And upon reading this story, a hypocritical hijabi colleague of mine blurted "Taliban kii 'ideology' sahi hai i agree with it, but their ways are not correct."
suneel
Oct 10, 2012 02:25pm
@Aizaz, person you met in malaysia may have other first language (Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, Pasto, Kashmiri to name a few?) Urdu being originated in Mughal camp, is almost as foreign to Pakistan as English and is not the first language of any major ethnic group except Muhazirs (Indian migrants?)
observer
Oct 10, 2012 08:24am
The last two words of this article brought tears to my eyes. Don't become a politician NFP (like Imran Khan did), don't sell out either (like Imran Khan did). Pakistan needs variety of thinking and all sorts of people. It is your lot that is becoming 'endangered species' in today's Pakistan.
Aamir
Oct 10, 2012 06:17pm
Jamal! You are exactly what's wrong with the country. Shame on you!
Hindi
Oct 10, 2012 10:31pm
Our hearts goes out to brave little Malala.We all wish her full recovery. As for the cowardly, Taliban scum bags ,executing these vermins is the only solution. Mixing religion with state was started by the shifty little Gen Zial-ul Haq. Chickens have come home to roost. Jinnah wanted a secular Pakistan.Today the Islamic terrorists call the shots in Pakistan.
Raw is War
Oct 10, 2012 08:17am
NFP, you need to comment on the atrocities being committed on Hindus in Pakistan.
Basil
Oct 10, 2012 08:16am
I don't have any words to say after reading this article. You have said it all.
Guest
Oct 10, 2012 08:16am
Well written. These people are utmost savages of our modern time. Humanity has evaporated from their mind, body and sole. I pray with all the faith i can muster that she recovers well out of this and becomes stronger against them.
Zafar Malik
Oct 10, 2012 02:26pm
What a beautiful tribute to Malala, thank you.
Only Pakistani
Oct 10, 2012 08:13am
Talib (means student) is not a new phenomena, it is centuries old concept. Village mosque used to give shelter & food to poor children whose parents could not afford feeding them. They used to be socially & economically lowest state in Pashton society. Check the history, British Civil servant was killed by a Talib in 1890 in Peshawar. But once they were given arms to waged war against USSR by USA & our short sighted leaders then they became a power. Power corrupts absolutely & Absolute power corrupts absolutely. As one physiologist who is working with the arrested “would be” suicide bombers in Swat & Tribal agencies sum up the seminar regarding “Terrorism” that these people are not fighting for Religion or Islam, there is no “Jihad”, it simply for power.... It is nothing to do with “Islam”. Most of these animals who are caught implicate their own brand of Islam. How to fight them… The remedy is very simple. As we have read “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Similarly “A MEAL A DAY, KEEPS TERRORIST AWAY”. It boils down to “Economics” of that area.
Eru Dhate
Oct 10, 2012 10:34pm
Brave but unfortunate Malala, targeted for her desire for a better Pakistan. Zia be cursed for his myopic machinations that have brought Pakistan to the brink of chaos. The moderate Pakistani watches helplessly as their way of life is being destroyed, colluded by politicians that they have elected or muscled their way to power. The bearded rabid Pakistani cheers on the Taliban, the so-called warriors of Islam. An outsider like me wonders what will it take to rid the Pakistani society of weapons, especially those in the tribal belt, and those beyond the reach of the law? I pray for this child, and hope she recovers soon. I hope she will be granted asylum abroad and escape from these criminals. I hope she will grow up to become a powerful future leader of Pakistan and wreak revenge on these rabid so-called custodians of Islam, and be the instrument that transforms Pakistan to a much better future.
Imtiaz
Oct 10, 2012 08:12am
Lots of rightfully indignant comments in press and FB, but what are the we going to do? Will we protest against Taliban like we did about a certain movie? Only two days ago Oxford educated Mr Imran Khan led a pro-Taliban rally. Taliban are so weak a 14 year old girlis a threat? They are insecure. Just when you think that they cannot get any lower , they go and lower the bar. Even more sickening is the fact that the country's TV is full of Taleban apologisers. Don't worry. They'll be along soon to tell us why it’s all Americas fault. Murder in the name of religion is not unusual. It's all about control and it's been going on for centuries. That is what Steven Weinberg said: Without religion we have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. To get good people to do evil things, you need religion.
ZXY
Oct 10, 2012 08:08am
As I hear the news of Malala's death over radio in India I have to state that people who think like you are a very minuscule minority. I have many Pakistani friends on facebook and all of them - I repeat - all of them justify what Mumtaaz Qadri did. A young girl - who incidentally looks very modern and regularly posts her pics in western and revealing dresses had last year posted a poster of Qadri with the comment "Let's me see how many likes for our hero" and her page was inundated with laudatory comments all in praise of Qadri and what he did. The rot is too deep.....
Imtiaz
Oct 10, 2012 08:06am
We have seen Taliban before in the 1930s then they were called Nazis. Simply put the girl is braver than all Taliban enuchs put together. If it was any nation other than Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai incidence would have been an opportunity to rise against Taliban mindset. But no, this nation can only protest against movies, cartoons and drone attacks. Remember Pakistan outrage on killing of OBL?
suneel
Oct 10, 2012 02:26pm
@ sleeping Paki, does that mean the time has come?
Keti Zilgish
Oct 10, 2012 02:27pm
Commentator RaviS writes: 'violence in any form is an act of cowardice'. My answer: Why must the state have a monopoly over violence?
Feroz
Oct 10, 2012 02:27pm
Dear information age, you must have heard of the atrocious Bannu jail break. Hundreds drove in, opened the padlocks and released all the prisoners. All the check posts around the area were manned but not a bullet was fired even though people came in buses, trucks, cars etc. Can such a thing happen in the real world without connivance ? People mysteriously slept over this horrific happening with a chalta hai attitude when big heads should have rolled. Should not citizens demand some accountability by asking the right questions. Does it need a young innocent girl to prick a nations conscience ? Even today many want to thrust the Taliban down the throat of fellow Afghan brothers, have those poor people not suffered enough ? Time for putting heads together and getting rid of the Taliban both sides of the Durand line. Neither nation can afford to suffer any further.
Sarfraz Malik
Oct 10, 2012 08:03am
NFP.. I have been IK supporter for a while but am ashamed at his response on Malala's assasination attempt.. This little girl had more courage then all of our top polications combined courage.. She is born in wrong era. Pakistan of today is good for you if you are hypocrete like these leaders. This society doesnt deserve Daring Malala yet..
deva
Oct 10, 2012 03:16pm
talib interpretation of Islam is Threat to Humanity....I am not against any relligion..but their interpretation - No school for girls, no music, no movies, no club, nofun..stone to death, behead..no economy, no tourism, no respect to other relligion(like saudi)..Wake up guys
Swapnil Joshi
Oct 10, 2012 08:01am
For all the satire that always gets me rolling, one after a long time left a lump in throat.. Jeeti raho :(
Salim Kazim
Oct 10, 2012 07:57am
Malala Yousifzai is a star whose light will never be extinguished. Talibans or any extremists bullet or bombs will not dim the spirit that has been set loose by this shining soul. Malala Yousifzai reminds us of another brave woman Qurat-ul-Ain ‘Tahira who in the 18th century in the midst of the dark forces of fanaticism, prejudice and hatred raised her voice for the emancipation of women. Her last words to her executioner “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women.”offers hope for women who are struggling to free themselves from the shackles of bigotry. Its time for Pakistan to wake up and fight the dark forces of extremism.
Habibullah Jan
Oct 11, 2012 09:04am
I don't say the act they did is right, specially with child. But you have to see the other side of the picture, now your daughter is hurt you are feeling pain, when their children were being killed where you all people were hidden ??? You said you are muslim, ha ha ha, when you get hurt you feel pain and cry when your neighbor got hurt you were laughing !!!! Isn't. You were provide facilities to enemies to killed innocent neighbors !!! Isn't ???
Pramod
Oct 11, 2012 04:56am
@ Asif I dont know from Where Farid is but I am from India and believe me it s not hate against Pakistan which makes people of India or anywhere else believe what Farid said but its the deed of people of Pakistan. People can come out in thousands against a clip which most of them would not have seen but no one comes out against Taliban or fanatics when they attack Malala or Salman taseer or Shanbaz bhatti or Rimsha.
pathanoo
Oct 10, 2012 08:15pm
Taliban Khan aka Imran Khan is scared that if he spoke against the Taliban; they would arrange his meeting with the Almighty Allah with a dispatch.
Sakeena Raza
Oct 10, 2012 05:03pm
Unless and until the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are not hunted down and subjected to the severest punishment in front of the entire nation, Pakistan can not even dream of seeing a securer, more peaceful future. Sectarian violence has grown out of proportion because of this very reason. Our authorities approve of them by conveniently ignoring them. If Taliban can justify these acts of hatred, oppression and bigotry falsely by calling them Islamic then it falls upon our media and us to rightfully defend Islam by showing how precisely these acts are so UN-Islamic. Every new channel should air shows with religious leaders and important personalities from every walk of life highlighting the un-islamic nature of this and other violent incidents. Severe condemnation must be made widespread...and efforts must not cease till the hitman is publicly hanged. We must fight back otherwise the Taliban and their hideous culture will swallow us whole.
farid
Oct 10, 2012 04:05pm
THE MOST IGNORANT ON FACE OF EARTH , PAKISTAN.
Zahir
Oct 10, 2012 08:15pm
Well ... how about the rich muslim countries ?
Shah
Oct 10, 2012 03:10pm
I am not a religious scholar but this much I know that Muslims are not allowed to kill women and children and the people who are not fighting against you.I do not understand these kind of killings and the people doing the murders.
Ehsan
Oct 10, 2012 02:30pm
The question is what us, non talibans, can do about it.
Pramod
Oct 10, 2012 05:36pm
Yes sir You are absolutely right but poor Rimsha was also below 14. I expect same kind of feeling for her as well.
Mayank
Oct 10, 2012 05:36pm
what you sow is what you reap..
joher ali
Oct 10, 2012 02:32pm
Sham on all of us for being a part of this society
mawish
Oct 10, 2012 10:37pm
yes, imran khan is the one who should be bashed. imran khan is in government. imran khan is our current PM who's job is to provide law and order and justice to its citizens. PTI is the party is power, therefore bad everything happening in the country is its responsibility. imran khan has looted the country through corruption, tax evasion and money laundering. 50 % of the country's population which is living below the poverty line today is because of imran khan. Am i right? wake up! You are the one who's in denial.
Keti Zilgish
Oct 10, 2012 02:40pm
Traders (clever tax-evaders!) finance mosques that breed taliban who are sooner or later going to get even with their enemies. Loudspeakers legitimize drones!
Asif
Oct 10, 2012 10:38pm
How many more have to die? and how long will we mourn her and forget her so casually? this should have been an event to overturn that region. I am sorry Malala, I was not there to save you like the rest of our people
Hyder
Oct 10, 2012 10:38pm
I think Pakistan is heading towards Talibinistan , sooner than later. The only way to stop this decline is to genuinely allow freedom of religion, freedom of speech, get rid of corrupt politicians, strengthen the judiciary to be fair without fear or favour, educate the girl, allow women in work force etc .... otherwise Pakistan will soon become a basket case!
imran khalid
Oct 10, 2012 10:40pm
Heart bleeds, eyes are numb. If the perpetrators expect heaven after this heinous act, then hell will do me. These two legged animals are brain washed to an extend which no education or investment can change. Religion is opium for the masses, and by God we are high on opium.
mawish
Oct 10, 2012 10:40pm
ok so let me ask you this. What would your reaction be if your parents and children are killed in a drone? i need an honest answer
olikara
Oct 10, 2012 05:03pm
Ahhh...This is the time to pray that the young girl be healed soon and not to blame the US for everything again.
Same
Oct 11, 2012 07:44am
God have mercy on our souls. 'Ogres' is a mild word to describe these anti-humans. Where are the strong men of 'Pakistan' now? where are their muscles, where are their words . . . cowards, headless chickens, apologists . . . all of them. God have mercy on Pakistan and God give Malala and all others like her the strength to face these champions of farce
Tamilslevan
Oct 10, 2012 04:18pm
Ghakib Khan Sab, Hope it happens and Pakistan, Afganistan and neighbouring countries and the rest of the world will be more peaceful. Hope your country wakes up to the reality. Non in the world want Pakistan to suffer by the hands of Taliban and section of the army and ISI
gangadin
Oct 10, 2012 02:43pm
Why all the clerics are silent over the shooting of this innocent young lady? What happened to their version of Islam?
Dr. Vishaal Bhat
Oct 12, 2012 01:47am
And they will bite you back, just like they are doing so now :( When will you guys realize that? After you have been wiped out of the map of the earth? Come on guys!! Wake up!!
Faiza
Oct 11, 2012 05:02am
NFP you have have spoken out on behalf of me and many others like me....The incident is so shameful and pathetic and it makes me feel sick to the stomach...Suddenly there is a sheer feeling of utter helplessness....there is simply no hope for betterment in our society if our so called revolutionary leaders continue their apologetic behavior towards Taliban....After the Malala incident, I feel its better to die fighting against these monsters than to live like cowards because believe me, sooner or later we will also be targetted if these monsters are continued to be tolerated by society
Human
Oct 10, 2012 12:25pm
The person who didn't like this comment must support Talibanisation of Pakistan and supports violence against children and woman. shame on you.
Tojo
Oct 10, 2012 06:12pm
What is not understandable is this: If the government claims that it knows who the terrorists are that are going about creating havoc on society & taking innocent lives, then why do they not stop it permanently? I suggest rounding up all known miscreants & terrorists including their spokesperson and putting them on trail. Enough is enough. Let this be a rallying cry for all patriotic Pakistanis to collectively join together to punish them.
Srini (Chennai, India)
Oct 10, 2012 08:00pm
The only shame is on the Talibans and their foot soldier. The Pakistan society as a hole has a big share of the blame as well, because they allowed their society to degenerate into some kind of vampire movie. But short of a war, the world cannot get involved in it and change the people, their beliefs or faith. So if you want to feel shame, by all means, help yourself. I am not ashamed of this, because this is nothing I believe in and nothing I have contributed to. It is for Pakistanis to repent, make amends and deradicalize their society. In my humble opinion, I believe it is the education system that is tripping them. They grow up with an artificial sense of superiorty along with a sense of victimhood. Theyare also subjected to a liberal dose of hatred for other religions or variations within their own religion. Unless they change this, nothing will change. Also, it will take a few decades for their society to become normal, if they start now. From what I see (totally from outside), other than a few articles like this, there is no real change happening in Pakistan. May be it is sinking deeper into the hole. Pakistan military has not abandoned its unachievable goals. Unless they do, or forced to do, there won't be any change in Pakistan or its society other than soundbites and superficial change.
Shahida Khan
Oct 10, 2012 08:00pm
'Woh jo bachchiyon se bhi darr gaye'. This barbaric act just goes on to show what they stand for. I salute your courage Malala Yousafzai! You truly are an inspiration to all of us. Get well soon! This country and the world at large need people like you.
Zack
Oct 10, 2012 02:57pm
Very nice. Thank You Hana.
Ali farooq
Oct 10, 2012 03:01pm
This incident has become an eye opener for the Pakistani people, She has a brave heart and she will come back strong. May god help her for the speedy recovery... The only request for the Pakistani government is to catch the people responsible for this shootings
Kamran
Oct 10, 2012 06:09pm
there is no hope left for this country, even Imran Khan wants to reason with these barbarians and took a rally there in order to help stop the drone attacks, hows about take a rally out to condemn such acts and people, the problem is most of the population has become retarded as well due to illiteracy and religious extremism. Who ever thinks there's any hope is wasting their time,
Seedoo
Oct 10, 2012 03:05pm
Nadeem, Sane people like you who speak out against injustices done in the name of Islam are in a tiny minority. The reason for Pakistan being in such an abyss is not the talibans, but the majority of supopsedly mainstream who condone, and even sometimes justify their behavior of these savages. Please keep up the good work!
pakistani
Oct 10, 2012 05:58pm
so it means you reaped well by ruling muslims on your for 1000 years and then brits over you and after 47 what u crime your commietted on your minorities should your nation be ready top reap the aftermaths of that in years to come.
Masood Hussain
Oct 10, 2012 03:12pm
A monster does what amonster does" but a mere condemnation is farce. Excellant and very brave of you NFP.We should all as a nation should be ashamed of our thick skinned insensitive people.I salute you again Mr.NFP.
SleepingPaki
Oct 11, 2012 07:57am
I guess 90% of people who are writing comments here are the ones who will justify the drone attacks as legitimate war against terrorism (and half of them are Indians who are more worried about Pakistan then whats happening in their backyard). You have all got the opportunity to show the SECULAR and LIBERAL ideology which in reality mostly targeted against ISLAM. Its a shameful event that a child has been barbarically shot in the name of Islam for demanding the right to education for girls (and actually commanded by the Prophet peace be upon him , himself) but at least it gave the liberals the opportunity to express their hate anger towards Muslims. The Taliban ideology is incompatible with Islam just like the ideology of Ahmadies. Both are non-Muslims but with opposite approach to the same goal of maligning Islam and Muslims. Long live Malalay, long live Pakistan and for Islam it is guaranteed by Allah that it will survive till the day of judgment no matter what conspiracies are hatched against it.
observer
Oct 11, 2012 09:33am
Hahaha. By the way, a few days ago I objected to someone's wrong use of English language in the comments section of some Dawn article. A barrage of angry, young Pakistanis reacted and tried to tell me that it is okay to write poor English as it is not one of Pakistani languages. Young Pakistanis are angry at the whole world for misunderstanding them. They will look anywhere but themselves.
anwar
Oct 10, 2012 03:18pm
Instead of everyone praying and apologising for the Act (and that includes Politicians and the civil society) i guess its time for pakistanis to get out of their drawing rooms and do something for the cause that the brave girl represented. The least you can do is to organise a march to the Malala's home in SWAT to show solidarity to her... May be even if one person can start, i am sure a lot will join up(am not in pakistan or else i myself would have done this task rather than writing about it). As has been said "May Akela Hi Chala Tha Janibe-Manzil Magar Log Sath Ate Gaye Or Karwa Banta Gaya" Need to show what Real Pakistanis stand for....
Owais
Oct 10, 2012 03:22pm
Imran Khan is Silent.
GlobNetizen
Oct 10, 2012 03:22pm
What Malala has experienced is a matter of deep remorse for the entire humanity. What we are witnessing is the fruits of the seeds of extremism and intolerance planted in the '80's. Now the task for all concerned is to root out those trees and replant the seeds of tolerance for multiplicity of beliefs.
Omer
Oct 10, 2012 03:25pm
Dropping the Pakistani from my Pakistani American identification.
Zeeshan Mughal
Oct 10, 2012 04:27pm
My reaction was same when I heard the news. I went numb. Not able to think what to do..And, then, I cried when thought came to my mind of my daughter. What have we done to our society ! Where, attempt to kill a child is thought of as a religious duty. I'm sure the apologists will invent some excuse or other to explain away this barbaric act. What to do? What to do? NFP says it better, Jeeti Raho.
roquefort
Oct 10, 2012 03:26pm
Malala was known but there r so many young girls and women who r in d shackles of these maggots.Denied education ,married off to men like cattle,only a piece of flesh for their pleasure basically denied all rights.I feel with NFP, rage n disgust against the politicians,the army ,the mullahs n d so called- the silent majority.I hope your prayers come true too.
pratham
Oct 11, 2012 05:35am
This is total Jungle raj where the might is right. the man with gun is possessed and ride on the wave of fear, violence and a degree of religious justification. I wonder how many will today agree to these justifications based on religious book, even if it is true !! And why ? It is a universal truth that "change is the only constant" how can one blindly follow scriptures which are centuries old. This is not to challenge the reverence, belief and faith. This is to challenge the applications and adaptability of the words mentioned in modern times. how can one stop a music player, a wave of technological advancements happening across the globe both in terms of communication and entertainment ? We have many old things which we love very much and have emotional values attached to it. Why one gender should be under veil of threat just because the other ones can go on rampage anytime to quence his thirst for lust !! What is the government and law and order doing then ? What is their job and why do they draw salaries from taxes we pay, if we are always at the mercy of some gunmen roaming around on streets with a peanut brain and shoots at will ? Honour killing is another form of crime that is rampant in India and Pakistan both, I wonder what is the loss if two people think they are compatible enough to carry on with their lives together ? I dont think God will ever say that you should come and worship me. Why should he be worried if the person is doing his duties honestly and is helping the cause of poor and needy. Is it not something we are supposed to do ? Why would God be happy with a person who in the name of God is on a killing spree, doesnt matter if he is worshipping 5-10-20 times and fasting every week or month ? If all human beings are children of God, why would he want them killed even if he is worshipping him by some other name ? And if God is angry he has his own means of punishing them - earthquake, tsunami, volcano, flood, draught, heart attack and many more diseases and accidents. Does he need help of these mindless freaks to do his task ?
akil akhtar
Oct 10, 2012 10:49pm
do not try to pose as if you care....
AHA
Oct 10, 2012 03:27pm
You have touched upon a very important issue. It is a very complex matter, and I hope Dawn publishes my response despite its sensitivity. Our religious teachers have made us to believe that all the rewards and benefits are back-ended (Aakhirat). Come to think of it, this idea is not very difficult to sell. Most Muslims live in poor and extremely corrupt countries with a very poor justice system. They have a miserable existence and are subjected to all forms of abuse from anyone who has any power. While these people may be poor and abused, they are not devoid of human emotions. They feel outraged. They have anger and, sometimes, hate. All that the Maulvi now has to do is to channel this anger into outright hate. He fans this anger and ‘guides’ them into hating others. He shows them how they can use their hate to get close to Allah. He quotes a few out-of-context verses from the Quran. He tells them that they can accelerate their passage to the Aakhirat by dying in the cause of Allah, and their rewards get increased multifold. This type of religious belief preaches disrespect for the life itself. The hundreds of millions of abused and frustrated Muslims provide a ready clientele for this belief system. In my view, this is the problem that we are really facing. We can shut our eyes, blame the Hindus and the Jews, hope for a fairy tale solution, hope for a miracle, but the problem is within us and in how we view life and creation, and ultimately, in how we believe in Allah.
Fawad Khan
Oct 10, 2012 07:22pm
Callig Obama our leader actually speaks volume of typical Indian Mentality.. I hope you don't want me to name who's backing India in bringing hatred and instability to the region ...
Ch Farooq
Oct 10, 2012 04:03pm
What a great shame! Attacking a 14 years old girl can't be vindicated in any religion or by any moral standard. This is really miserable that honest voices are being killed recklessly.
mawish
Oct 10, 2012 03:31pm
Mr. NFP, dont deviate from the root cause of all problems. Come to the point and make it simple. Admit and tell the people that incidents like this imply a TOTAL GOVERNMENT FAILURE. Yes! thats the bottomline. Its the governments responsibillity to ensure protection of its citizens. If innocent people are dying in drones or killed by religious fanatics, it implies a government failure on both ends. dont try to make this a competition of outrages and which death was condemned more or less. A death is a death. Its government's job to ensure law and order in the country and protect its citizens.
May Allah Curse TTP, inshaAllah!
Oct 10, 2012 10:50pm
Please understand that *most* religious political parties support -- at least in spirit -- the ideology of Taliban. And they are not really pushed over the brutality of an attack on a 14-year old girl. These parties also share the Taliban's misogynistic mindset. The sad part is that by and large Pakistani Civil Society does NOT protest over such things. Their political leaders, even from parties like PPP and PML (N or Q) do not come out and lead protest against such brutality. Ignoring the religious political parties, but the mainstream ones should lead public protests on such matters. But that NEVER happens. And therefore it is not an accident that apathy and cynicism remains pervasive in Pakistan. I remember in India, in the aftermath of the Nov 2007 attacks, there were mass protests and marches by the civil society. That is democracy in action. We need the same in Pakistan. Without a show of rage, and show of unity, and show of force on the street by Civil Society, these nut-jobs -- also known as the most vile form of God's Curse on the earth or TTP -- would not be effectively checked. This is not a PPP, or a PML-N issue, it is a Pakistani issue. It is also a VERY unique political opportunity for PML-N to lead the charge and once and for all end any hope for PTI in the state of Punjab and even KPK. And they can do that simply by launching / leading a massive public protest and show of unity and support in the aftermath of Malala. The protest would be for the support for the victims of terrorism and extremism all over Pakistan. The best political counter argument against the PTI's psuedo "Peace March". But sadly PML-N is NOT that smart either, and with their own ties to some similar parties, I think they would not do that either.
Khan
Oct 11, 2012 12:05pm
Sir, have you ever talked baout the Kids who were died in Drone Attacks, yes we all as are very sad for Malala, but we need to see the other side as well! Suddenly all the media, newspapers burst out and did programs and made headlines and condemned the action. I totally disagreed with some of your views. Malala's attemt to murder was planned and the timing of the attack is enough to understand that who is behind this. If TTP or any other Muslim Organization wanted to kill her, they would have done this months, years back! I strongly condemned the attack and we should also pray for other girls as well!
Hasnain Haque
Oct 10, 2012 08:29pm
Jamal the only way I can describe you is an illiterate, backward, warped minded and twisted bigot. It is because of people like you that Pakistan is gone down the drain.
raju
Oct 10, 2012 12:10pm
Thats because if something good comes from a non believer its untouchable. And we call them double standards
Khan
Oct 10, 2012 06:06pm
even when they are caught they disappear into 'freedom'. Whatever happened to the killers of the Shia and Ahmadis?
Pramod
Oct 10, 2012 06:00pm
Just a thought for Taliban and many who directly or indirectly support their cause. If they are doing the service to god and god wants to win them then why even after a shot in her forehead God saved her? They should unnderstand the sign of god.
akil akhtar
Oct 10, 2012 10:51pm
Are you really a Pakistani....
linga0123
Oct 10, 2012 07:37pm
You forgot to mention the Bengalis. Eyes were opened in 1971.
saadiagha
Oct 11, 2012 04:48pm
This is sad.. disturbing.. ridiculous. Why are your emotions so mutually exclusive? If you want to stand up and fight for the children dying as a result of drone strikes then do so, but understand that, firstly the drone strikes are not AIMED at the children, and it is a sad part of war that innocent children die, and secondly, the TTP shot the girl at point-blank range, with the intention of killing
Ghalib Khan
Oct 11, 2012 10:05am
Dear Mr. D, Please gets your facts correct our Soldiers are Dying everyday, fighting these plague, Taliban were not made by Pakistan, , they were lovingly called Mujhaidins, they are enforced on us i am not saying we have not made any errors but we have suffered far more then anybody else in the world because of them, so if you cannot support us atleast do not undermine the sacrifice of the Soldiers who laid down their lives for this fight.
Fawad Khan
Oct 10, 2012 07:13pm
@Jatin.. we don't need your symathies anyway.. Whatever government polices are being made here and whatever our military is doing to eradicate terrorism from the region, we completely own them.. Malala is daughter of Pakistan and there is no one as much worried about her life as we Pakistanis and we are dealing with the incident in our own way and will keep fighting the militants the same way.. Perhaps, it's time for you to show your anger and frustration on what the US is doing by killing hundreds of innocents every day... US must stop trying to play Big-Brother all the time and instead focus on the unemployment and instability growing among its own people... P.S. Malala is out of danger now and we wish her all the best health..
Asif
Oct 10, 2012 10:37pm
How many more have to die? and how long will we mourn her and forget her so casually? this should have been an event to overturn that region. I am sorry Malala, I was not there to save you like the rest of our people.
Osman Siddiqi
Oct 10, 2012 09:00am
You say colleague, that implies this woman works with you - which I would infer means she's received her education to some degree. Hypocritical is right. Incredibly pharisaic and hypocritical. Wtf is wrong with her?!
linga0123
Oct 10, 2012 07:33pm
No violence did not exist in Pakistan before. Only planning, funding and providing state sponsored logistics to export violence to other countries did exist.
sf
Oct 11, 2012 06:35pm
You are right but unfortunately this type of reasoning is quite prevalent among some Pakitsanis. An idiot disgraces our Prophet and we destroy and burn our property and kill our own citizens.
RKS
Oct 10, 2012 05:57pm
You summed it up brilliantly - but sadly with the kind of curriculum in textbooks and what the media in Pakistan portrays - changing the mindset will be very difficult.
Rashid
Oct 10, 2012 05:57pm
@Mayank have you lost your sanity? It is just a 14 year old girl
Ali farooq
Oct 10, 2012 03:54pm
Clearly shows Allah is against Taliban.But idiotic Taliban will never learn their lesson.Taliban really are the unacceptable face of Islam, proving it daily with shameful events such as this and their meanness of mind to women in general and overall destructive behavior This girl has shown that pen is mightier than gun.
Hindu Indian
Oct 12, 2012 04:07am
Hey NFP , love the article , its straight from the heart :(
AHA
Oct 10, 2012 04:25pm
I would put the blame on those who value the grooming of thier ‘strategic assets’ more than the lives of its ordinary citizens.
Gulshan
Oct 10, 2012 04:05pm
Usually I am not in favor of declaring a national Holiday for demonstrations. But if there ever was a valid reason, it would be for National Defence. Not the national defence these clowns in Difa-e-Pakistan are ranting about. There is no threat as great as "Our Own Created terrorists for Strategic Depth In Afganistan and thousand Cuts to India". The monster we created is giving thousand cuts to us. But clowns like Hamid Gul will not realise until it is too late. I think the Govt should declare, not a day but just 10 minutes on a fixed day and time, for prayers for Malala and condemnation of Taliban's cowardly act, to unify the nation against this enemy of Islam and Pakistan. There is strength in numbers. It will empower the the people to start talking about the cancer which is eating Pakistan from inside.These Taliban Gundas have supporters in Army, ISI, Masjids and Politicians like Billours and Rasheed Ahmed and Freed Pracha (JUI) . Once there is mass display against them, most of them will realise that they are supporting the wrong people in Taliban mindset. Declare a 10 minutes national Timeout to speak out against the nation's enemy. It is Taliban/extremism and not India. We started all wars against India and some people in the knowhow are beginning to tell the truth, after 40-50 years though.
Gulshan
Oct 12, 2012 02:45am
But until this incident,may be even now, The majority of Pakistani Muslims, seem to support Taliban. Our state created them, trained them and supported them. Remember that, only Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia recoginised their goverment in Afganistan. And that is when they were whipptng women and demolishing Budh's Statues in Bohemia. Ther are Pakistan's straegic Asset.
Syed
Oct 10, 2012 06:05pm
Nadeem, you have said it right, every word. Just check how many politicians talked about the attackers, although the perpetrators have already accepted responsibility. Its time we need to recognize that its a mindset and monster of our own creation, in the madrasas in our streets and neighbourhoods , there is no black or whitewater, it our own people. Unless the presence of such elements in our society is not openly accepted and condemned, forget about any improvement in the situation
Nasser
Oct 11, 2012 07:41am
Did you listen to Parvez rashhed of ML(N), senator Saleh shah and others in senate, according to them its all because of drone strikes ????? Did you listen to Bilour (a leader of secular party) when he was offering bounty for the killers of blasephemous movie ( I am sure he wanted to make extremists happy and not Allah). I have been talking to people from different parts of Pakistan and beleive me more than 50% of them are Taliban by thinking. We are a rotten and spoiled society, thanks to Zia, Mullahs and powerful establishment. Don't curse these brutal people, they are our asset and they will implement shariah in this country
observer
Oct 10, 2012 06:03pm
Gautam, As expected you have not understood my comment. Let me try to help you. The way I see Indian sympathies with educated Pakistanis is nothing more than people with malicious hearts coming in our weak moment to us and trying to divide us further. The day Indian heart is clean towards Pakistanis, I can assure you India will be proud of its neighbor. Average Pakistanis are willing to take two steps if Indians take one step. But expecting clean heart from Indians is foolish. I just made my honest comment. I hope it is published and I hope you get to read it and I do hope you take a moment and think about it.
Kumar
Oct 10, 2012 03:51pm
Very well said.
abc
Oct 10, 2012 07:26pm
I cendemn the attact. However, I am sure, the the great Zaid Hamid will definitly come out with "proof", that these acts of cowardness were carried out by non-muslims and funded by the enemy to malign the image of islam and pakistan.
Gulshan
Oct 12, 2012 02:50am
That is the best resolve. May god gives you more strength and helthy long life.
Khurram
Oct 10, 2012 12:47pm
Jeeti Raho with ever lasting smile and courage - ameen.
Khanzada
Oct 10, 2012 12:47pm
Mr Paracha, while I agree with your sentiments I would like to know why you a self-professed PPP Jiyala from the past is not holding the present Zardari-led PPP Govt to account for it's abject failure in protecting it's women and children? I thought you were an honest writer Mr Paracha, so why don't you admit now that Mr. Zardari and his Govt. are very much PART OF THE PROBLEM. If messages can be received from the TTP and other Taliban groups claiming responsibility, the it should not be too difficult for Mr. Zardari and Co. to track down and eliminate the Taliban killers. What are the Pak Govt. and Army waiting for and why don't they go into Waziristan and Tribal areas and finish the Taliban and all other murderers? Mr. Zardari and Gen Kiyani have a lot to answer for to this young girl Malala and hundreds and thousands of other innocent Pakistanis whom they have failed to protect.
kuldip gupta
Oct 10, 2012 04:33pm
Any Idiot and TTP who believes in any rationale in this extremely dastardly act deserves to be crushed//ostracized from the society.
My Pete
Oct 10, 2012 04:53pm
Sincere request to all you, please pray for Malala at this moment, we will have enough time later to analyze and dissect. Salam NFP for the way you ended the article...Jeeti Raho dear Malala, Oh Almighty please help her...Amen!!!
Valleyview
Oct 10, 2012 09:27pm
Malala yoiu do not need the bangles - the men in the country deserve them more! Do I see some rose petals being showered.....
Raghu S Johar
Oct 10, 2012 01:49pm
No religion of the world sanctions to kill an innocent girl like Malala. No military power alone can eliminate Talibans unless their ideas are changed. Pakistan and other Muslim world should seriously think to amend their textbooks and other literature which promotes hatred. As a non Muslim, my eyes are wet even cried to think about Malala an innocent and brave child. I can only sympathize with you but you the people of Pakistan have to carry on and spread this true meaning of religion i,e, love for all and hatred for none.
Nasir
Oct 11, 2012 02:57am
Although I am not a great admirer of the Iranian regime, you forget that Iran is a muslim country that has a policy that is independent of the Americans.
jtar
Oct 10, 2012 12:30pm
Pakistan needs a million Malalas, and a million of her brothers, to cast off the shackles of darkness and medeival barbarism that have befallen the nation. Only when politicians have her strength and courage will things change. She is a FAR greater hero then ANY politician in power today. May she get well soon.
Asif
Oct 11, 2012 02:56am
This is the problem with Pakistanis. Run from the problem, and disassociate your self instead of acknowledging its your own problem and work on solving it. Let me guess, if we checked your background, you would qualify as the 1% of Pakistan ?
Asif
Oct 11, 2012 02:52am
Farid, if you are a Pakistani this applies to you also. If you re an Indian, or else, then we can see where your hatred is coming from.
Ram Krishan Sharma
Oct 11, 2012 09:49am
But Taliban insist that they are following the True Islam . Who is right and who is wrong only allah can tell.
Karachi Wala
Oct 10, 2012 12:26pm
@ Raw is War. I do not know if you are an Indian or a Pakistani or someone else. NFP has written atrocities being committed on Hindus in Pakistan. But at this time please let us mourn, what happened to Malala, let us mourn those who will try to justify Taliban, Let us mourn the likes of Imran, Munawar Hasan of JI and Moulana Fazlur Rehman of JUI. Let us mourn all those among us, either with or without beard but are Taliban from within. Please let us mourn
RealistKhan
Oct 10, 2012 11:42am
Malala , Jeeti Raho.
shashank
Oct 11, 2012 12:59am
Best wishes to the girl... hope she recovers fully and brings laurels to Pakistan. All thinking people of the world need to support each other and condemn such mindless violence. It is always the women in our communities who pay the biggest price for our collective silence.
Gulshan
Oct 10, 2012 04:49pm
Well said. Stay involved and you will be doing your duty to Pakistan. There are times, when Silence is not Golden but Sin. One of those times is right now.
Murthy
Oct 10, 2012 12:08pm
While intellectuals hide behind 'moderation' and others shroud their fear in 'principles', here is a girl who has the courage to let the world know her conviction. Pakistan must be proud of the girl and it needs 'more' and not 'none' of them. I sincerely wish she recovers fully from the ordeal both physically and mentally and live her full life as ordained by Allah, which no terrorist has the right to take.
Ram Krishan Sharma
Oct 10, 2012 06:22pm
Hindus , Jews and Christians are living a relatively prosperous and peaceful life with their own belief systems as compared to Muslims.
Syed J. Ahmed
Oct 11, 2012 02:45am
Can we please burn some madarssah's where they teach the non sense we have come to know as "jihad", or have a massive riot to denounce the taliban and their barbaric ways? No, we can't... why? because we know taliban is our reality and taliban is who we are from the inside. Thus, you shouldn't be ashamed that a 14 year old girl can't go to school. Truth.
Krishna
Oct 11, 2012 04:51am
The ghairat brigade, first were intolerant towards hindus before 1947, then they were intolerant towards to Christians, then they were intolerant towards ahmadis, then they were intolerant towards shias, then hazaras.. where does this intolerance stop.. the next step is they will become intolerant towards fellow sunni muslims and ultimately become intolerant towards self… I can clearly see this as self-destruction.. I was actually surprised to see many Pakistanis view Gandhi as a useless person and his teachings of tolerance and non-violence as senseless things, but those are the ideals that are most required for Pakistan now..
Artem Mikoyan
Oct 10, 2012 06:21pm
When is taliban khan marching against these actions? oh right......
Pramod
Oct 10, 2012 05:46pm
I have read many such comments that is definitely most despicable till date
Shakeel Ahmed
Oct 10, 2012 01:13pm
Words elude me. I am not just apologetic I am ashamed, we should all be. Is this what we have given to our next generation? A slaughter house filled with religious franatics.
Pramod
Oct 10, 2012 06:35pm
I am 30 now and never heard a case of Sati on my lifetime.Which books you read?
Sikander
Oct 11, 2012 04:10am
I can assure you more than 90% condemn it.
Gulshan
Oct 10, 2012 06:27pm
And hope that she will be able to lead this spineless coward society against these terrorists/extremists buy putting steel rods in our backbones for us to stand straight.
Shankar
Oct 11, 2012 07:34am
Mr. Khan, I do not blame you for hating India, that is what you have been taught in your school, but why do you think Artem Mekoyan is an Indian?
saeed
Oct 11, 2012 02:33am
May Allah bless you jatin. Humanity comes first and religion comes later.
Khan
Oct 11, 2012 01:55am
I totally agree with you.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 10:36am
"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield." -- George Orwell (Even in a Civil War)
Khan
Oct 11, 2012 01:54am
Lets take the first step and we owe this to this innocent soul. Create a Facebook Page and other social media sites and start condemning them. I know this is not a solution but we can create a platform to discuss ideas. For example create a hit group to fight Taliban and reward the hitter.
Dilsher
Oct 10, 2012 11:51pm
Attack on the brave young girl have exposed the weakness of Taliban. The world now knows how weak and scared they are in fact! It's often said that they were able to drive USSR away but fact of the matter is that USSR pulled out because of their own internal problems which the world saw unfolding later. May the Almighty's Grace be on the young girl and help her come out of it with greater strength and resolve.
linga0123
Oct 10, 2012 07:11pm
True. But how many Pakistani Muslim say that?
Gulshan
Oct 12, 2012 12:59am
Khuda Ke Ghar Dher Hai Andher Nahin. Indians still wish you good luck. May god bless you with righteous thinking.
Atif
Oct 10, 2012 01:11pm
@Tony, we do not dream of ruling India or US. We are having difficulties in ruling our own land. So please do not blame us.
VRM
Oct 10, 2012 01:11pm
Malala, rest assured the Lord above is taking care of you. You will come out from this trauma brave and strong. Our prayers are for your recovery. You are an amazing yound lady, and there are so many lessons that you have taught the world is such a short span of time in your life. The cowards have harmed you physically, but they can never harm your spirit. Not only Pakistan, but the entire world is praying for your recovery. Do not give up. Amen
Naseer
Oct 11, 2012 01:44am
The lessons we can learn from this brave girl are numerous. She has done another amazing thing, she has shown us the true face of Talibaan. No sane mind can now be deceived by the Talibaan agenda. She has made the people of Pakistan united once again. Also the world now understands the menace of Talibaan and the dire straits Pakistanis find themselves in. It is very easy for others to say that we deserve this. But the truth is that majority of Pakistani's are very much against Talibaan. Most Pakistanis want to live in peace with people from all religions and countries including India. I am also thankful to our Indian brothers for their support of Malala.
Shahida Khan
Oct 11, 2012 08:05am
They are busy having their made in Saudi Arabia halwa. Then they will have the made in Rawalpindi chooran which will hopefully give their big potbellies some relief. And by the time this happens the issue of this innocent girl will be long forgotten and our self appointed moral guardians will have something new to fret about.
MQ
Oct 10, 2012 12:32pm
... and the difference between the "glorious ghazi" (who killed an unarmed person he was sworn to protect) and the "brutal taliban" is.....? Or is this question too complicated for you to articulate a coherent, logical, reasoned answer?
Kolsat
Oct 11, 2012 06:57am
Omkar unfortunately Khalistanis are not finished. The Sikh religionists I.e. SGPC have just made martyrs of descendents of the killers of General Vaidya the COAS at the time of attack on Golden Temple in oreder to finish off Bhindranwale. Also Khalistanis are raising funds in the west and other places to create mayhem in India. We need to continue be alert against fanaticism no matter who they are.
Khan
Oct 11, 2012 01:41am
I totally agree with you! Pakistan need a general and use an atom bomb to clean the place they live. These fanatics do not deserve to be in this beautiful world. I don't know Allah's Azab will come on them. May Allah send His strongest Azab on Taliban. Ameen.
Shahid
Oct 11, 2012 01:39am
We should be ashamed as a nation and as a society for letting this monster perpetrate these heinous crimes. It is about time that all of us unequivocally condemn the religious extremism regardless of its form or shape. By attempting to kill a 14-year old girl, only because she advocates education for girls like herself, the Talibans have shown their true ugly face.
Critical_Thinker
Oct 11, 2012 12:42pm
I agree. This is not about Indo-Pak crap. This is about a brave little girl and shameless weirdos. No politics please.
Mohammad Ali Khan
Oct 11, 2012 01:31am
To defeat the evil, first find the truth.With wrong beliefs we can't defeat the madness of these people.
Agha Ata (USA)
Oct 11, 2012 01:23am
I have been looking for statments by Moulvi Fazal ur Rehman and JI mullahs about this incident of Malala. Could anyone tell me, where I can find it, please?
sf
Oct 10, 2012 11:32pm
They stand alone with no help from other leaders, as these leaders try to appease these criminals for political reasons.
Fawad Khan
Oct 10, 2012 07:16pm
I second you on this.. I see absolutely no other solution to the matter..
Atif
Oct 10, 2012 01:13pm
@D I Disagree. Malala is the daughter of very same shameless country sir.
Pradip
Oct 10, 2012 11:55pm
I would not be surprised if the assassins were not to be much older, perhaps in their late teens, doing this a) because they have nothing more productive to do without an education, b) because the Maulvi has told this would give them extra brownie points in the afterlife and c) this is the way to earn a livelihood. Young minds are poisoned by the old, in the name of religion and power grab.
Ajay
Oct 11, 2012 01:57am
As someone rightly said, if you breed poisonous snakes in your house with an intention of harming your neighbour, it is very likely that the snake will bite you/your family. You reap the rewards of what you sow... I do hope she survives this and grows up to continue chasing her dreams..
Ahmed Khan
Oct 11, 2012 07:41pm
I agree completely with my Indian friend, and I am a born Indian Muslim, and a naturalized Pakistani
Critical_Thinker
Oct 11, 2012 12:33pm
"Indian pirates attacked Muslim women"... Thank you for sharing a part of Pakistani history book. I always wondered what those books contain.
Khanm
Oct 10, 2012 01:29pm
Absolutely wrong ,the politician will bring a change. Its is not an institution, it’s not a point of view; it starts a revolution by starting one in you....
kirpal
Oct 11, 2012 01:06am
Erstwhile India from Assam to Afghanistan was a very peaceful land when its inhabitants followed Budhism or other oriental religions, where people were free to worship as they wanted or not to worship at all if they so liked, Pakistanis have to introspect as to how this violence has come this beautiful land from the deserts of Arabia. Religion is an outdated concept, many people in the west and east including India are shunning the established religions and adopting the religion of humanity or Insanyat. May be it is a time for Pakistanis to give it a serious thought. I think the Dawn will show some courage like Malala to publish my views.
RaviS
Oct 10, 2012 01:14pm
"I apologise to Malala for a society who has forgotten to apologise". I completely agree with what you have said. Have we all not forgotten what it means to be a compassionate human being. I believe violence in any form is an act of cowardice and I completely agree with you about the rage fatigue. I believe we need to be apologetic of the societies we are a part of, where the "Doctrine" of "either with me or against me" rules. My heart goes out for victims like Malala. However, I also admit that whatever rage that I do feel is absolutely impotent rage that is not capable of changing anything. I fervently hope and pray that this child survives this ordeal and emerges stronger. I also hope and pray that events like this gets people to unite across societies and countries to do something to stop this monster of violence that has become a pevasive factor in our lives. Thank you Mr. Paracha for a brilliant piece. Keep writing. Ravi S
ragu
Oct 10, 2012 11:46pm
How come we do not see any Mullahs issuing a FATWA against these criminals who shoot three innocent children coming back from school? However, the same Mullahs are the first to issue a fatwa when someone outside is at fault !! For the common Pakistanis who often fall for conspiracy theories- hope they read this merely as start of many things to come from Taliban :which will kill and be killed for their barbaric brainwashed beliefs.
Usman
Oct 11, 2012 09:26am
This is very widespread Phenomena That Muhmud Bin Qasim came to India when they saw some Indian pirate’s attacks on Muslims women’s while travelling in Indian sea!! Back in 8 centuries?? These so called Taliban are killing our daughter ,sister what kind of Muslim army is that who demonstrate Muhmmad Bin Qasim, and Hajaj bin yossef as their heroes(i don’t take them as hero)?? Why on earth our so called “BRAVE” army are not taking any imitative wipe-out these culprit so Called Taliban.
Joe
Oct 10, 2012 01:38pm
(Please don’t criticize the messenger here for mentioning this.) … Two terms are being used in blogs around the world, calling the Taliban “islamofascists” and “islamonazis”. What a horrible connection the Taliban are giving to a religion. Where are the public protests?
Gautam
Oct 10, 2012 11:45pm
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the holiest of them all. The Rot runs very very deep, Indeed !!
omkar
Oct 10, 2012 11:25pm
Pakistan's situation is quite akin to Khalistan movement in Indian Punjab in the 80's.Complete lack of law and order and killings in the name of religion.Your highly paid generals pay lip service to civilian security.Maybe,Pakistan should consider hiring someone like KPS Gill who finished Khalistanis with a 'danda'.