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The negligent Pakistani

On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai, at 14-years-old, was shot in the head and neck. This changed a lot of grey in Pakistan to an unwavering black and white. A wave of introspection began to take its course. People began to realise that there was a choice: the future Malala wanted, or something else (whatever that something else was).

For most, this came as a mix of shock, resentment and disgust, all directed towards the incident itself. For me, it was a source of sorrow and disdain – because we let this incident take place.

They say that the Taliban are to blame for this, but to me that seems like the easy answer. Easy because it’s obvious; easy because it’s convenient. This vast oversimplification of who’s at fault is blatantly indicative of who is really responsible. Upon this, my sorrow solidifies to frustration, my disdain to anger.

An atmosphere of fear has pervaded its way into every breath of being Pakistani, and I am disturbed that we have allowed it to do so. When 27 bullets claimed Salmaan Taseer because he spoke out against the misuse of a law used to persecute minorities, Pakistan was quiet. Before his death, there was an influx of articles, of people charged with emotion, ready to struggle to amend the law for a better Pakistan. After his death, politicians were silenced. People stood dumbly as the threat of death become so much more real. I blame the Pakistani society for allowing this fear to perpetuate.

Pakistanis have shown that they, collectively or individually, are not ready to stand for causes that they believe in. But Malala is different. And her perseverance, her dedication should make us all ashamed. She is not a product of the Pakistani society or the Pakistani mentality. She started writing at 11 – not in a comparatively safe haven like Karachi or Lahore, but in Swat; not from a privileged background with no security threat and generous wealth, but from a modest one. She didn’t grow up with the opportunities that you and I grew up with, or the access to information or knowledge that you and I had thrown at us, yet she grew up stronger. She grew up better.

Now, once the damage has been done, we acquire a voice. Incidents like this spark passionate responses from us Pakistanis. We champion such causes as our own, though always when it’s too late. But what’s worse is our half-hardheartedness; what’s worse is how minimally we contribute, how ineffectively we help.

People took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustration. But history suggests that this is going to be just another link shared, another disapproving status written, or, if one were very generous, another profile picture changed. We did this for the Blasphemy Law. We did this for the flood. We did this for Shahbaz Taseer. We did this for the Ahmadis. We did this, and we forgot. We moved on.

We often ask in dejection: What can our one voice do. Turn to Malala; look at what it can do. It gets arguably the most feared faction in the world to dread a 14-year-old girl. She stood alone and defended her cause because she knew that if she wouldn’t, no one would. She was – is – “scared of no one”.

Malala stood for her cause from the tender age of 11 – something we cannot, and should not forget. She stood for her cause and did not let herself get distracted. We are slowly doing the opposite. News of her health and condition flooded media outlets. Politicians, policymakers and people ran to her defense, condemning the act as one of cowardice, one of terror. But few condemned the Taliban. This was treated as an incident, not the manifestation of a mindset.

People now argue whether Madonna’s tribute in the form of a striptease was too scandalous, or why the media doesn’t focus on the innocent 14-year-old girls killed by drone strikes. But this is not relevant. I blame the people who deflect the attention from where it should be, and the ones who allow this deflection.

I blame said messiahs like Imran Khan who say that the war against extremism is “not our war”, and I blame the educated elite who allow that mentality to flourish. That belief is a form of indirect sympathy for the Taliban, and direct ignorance towards a mindset that claims the minds of an overwhelming number of Pakistanis. The declaration that this war is not our duty is harmful beyond words. It sheds us from all responsibility of creating a monster on our territory, a monster that is fighting our people. If this is not something that we have the duty to fight, then we are being apathetic towards causes like Malala’s. Malala did not believe that this war is not ours; she fought it single-highhandedly and refused to surrender.

The Taliban have vowed to kill Malala if she survives, and have vowed to kill her father, who is as heroic as she. Our fear, our apathy and our ignorance gave way for an incident we regret. But now, the same fear, the same apathy, and the same ignorance can lead to her death, to her father’s death. We have been given another chance, and I fear it is our last.

People say that the Taliban did this to Malala, but I think that we did. I think our silence causes and continues to cause our future to darken. People say that Malala represents Pakistan and its struggles, but I don’t think she does. I think she is one of the few who struggled for change, that she is one of the few that fought for a voice, that she is one – in one hundred and eighty million.


S. Azam Mahmood is an undergraduate studying Cognitive Science and Neuroscience.



The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (109) Closed

Nave (@FutTrader)
Oct 19, 2012 06:34am
Absolute ...
Imran A.
Oct 20, 2012 01:53am
I don't understand why Taliban hate education.. Why they never talk openly and only live behind shadows. They attack when you don't see them, when you attack them they flee. I don't understand why Middle East countries have invested so much on Taliban. I don't understand how Taliban are still funded. I don't understand why politicians like Imran Khan or Nawaz Shareef have a soft corner for them. I don't understand how they can pray 5 times a day, fast in the month of Ramazan and yet shamelessly kill people. I don't understand why tableeghi jamaats are still allowed to knock at doors and convert more innocent souls to Taliban. I don't understand why our education system does not include it part of it's curriculum how to avoid the Taliban school of thought. I don't understand why if Taliban kill innocent souls, the Alims of the world stay quiet, but if the army decides to launch an attack on them, they revolt about it. I don't understand why if you challenge their alims, their only defense is that we can't understand Islam. I don't understand why the Taliban were so quiet when the movie of the prophet was put on youtube. I don't understand why they want to enforce sharia on us, but they themselves never prosecute their own followers if caught in adultery or homosexuality or stealing. I don't understand why their focus is so much on namaz and fasting and not in building good society and moral values. I don't understand why Osama Bin Ladin named people working abroad as slaves of dollars, yet he advised his own children to live peacefully in the west, get a proper education and live peacefully. I request all Taliban and Taliban apologists to sincerely pray to Allah to guide them and not keep asking for forgiveness for their sins because Allah is Raheem Kareem and forgiving. But ask Allah that if you are wrong, then may His wrath fall upon you as proof for your misdoings so that your Aakhirat (life after death) has a place in heaven. Stop hiding behind shadows. Come out in the open! If you give me a thumbs down give me a reason why. Don't be shy, I won't bomb you, I'll only ask you what you don't understand and we can discuss matters peacefully!
Harbhajan Singh
Oct 18, 2012 03:38pm
At 14 Malala looks like any school going innocent teenager, how can 'person' if we can call him a person shoot her in the head and neck. Does he not have a mother, sister or a daughter? I ask. Shame on Pakistan who cannot protect its daughters. We in England will do everything possible to save her life at tax payers expense willingly.
Oct 18, 2012 04:00pm
right mix of emotion and rationale young man!
Oct 20, 2012 12:57pm
All I can say regarding your post Rana is The most violent element in society is ignorance.
Ijaz Khan
Oct 18, 2012 04:12pm
Excellent blog, it sure reflects the mind set of majority of the people. The problem is that hardly any person who counts is listing to you or capable of reading, comprehending or has access to this information.
ali erfani
Oct 18, 2012 03:40pm
it was all planned very far from here,it was planned there where decision are taken about "our Pakistan".their approach has always higher than us.i will accuse the society for helping those "blue eyed" decision makers.this is us who fears.we are scared.it was just like the flogging of girl in swat,that was our own planned,we succed.talibans are professional killers who need money.if u give them some they will put chip in mosque,madrassa,hidings of there own colleages to be targeted by drones.drones can not identify person from skies,they got information from talibans because no common man can go inside baithullah home.no common man was with abu kasha iraqi.this time i think they failed but i promise u that there is something coming again in near future that will shake the society,which may bring a new operation.yes if our agencies want to divert the targeted operation to other place then n.waziristan will be safe.
Oct 19, 2012 12:10am
The only people who are attacked are terrorists, and unfortunately some innocent people are also killed, but they are not the real targets. The reason they are also being killed is the presence of the terrorists among them, and so they are responsible for their fate. When terrorists attack Americans then they hide among those innocent people, they are well aware that the Americans come after them and those innocent people will also suffer but they don't care. As for as Afia Siddiqi is concerned, she is an American citizen and whatever she did was not for the love for Pakistan. She was arrested and convicted by security forces of her own country. The only concern is that she was born in a Pakistani family. Whatever she suffered cannot be compared with the attack on
Oct 19, 2012 04:10am
Anyone who wants to cry for Aafia does not know what she did. Time to get out of this medieval menatlity and start getting our children to good schools, not madressahs.
Oct 19, 2012 04:38am
Islam originated in Saudi and is practised there even today in its true form. The problem with the many confused people of pakistan is that they disdain some of the tennets of their own religion. For a country so obsessed with religion or more so the whole muslim community so obsessed with religion, as a spectator I can clearly see how it is strugling to keep up with modern society by claiming their religion is not what saudi's or taliban follow. At least saudi's or taliban are not hypocrite and follow what they believe to be true!
Oct 18, 2012 03:58pm
true and very true
Oct 18, 2012 04:36pm
Well! Its still a confusion.
Oct 18, 2012 04:40pm
Its still confusing
Cyrus Howell
Oct 20, 2012 01:28am
Duties The KPK vision is to free Indonesian from corruption. Its duties include investigating and prosecuting corruption cases and monitoring the governance of the state. It has the authority to request meetings and reports in the course of its investigations.It can also authorize wiretaps, impose travel bans, request financial information about suspects, freeze financial transactions and request the assistance of other law enforcement agencies. It also has the authority to detain suspects, including well-known figures, and frequently does so. Achievements The work of the KPK is a source of continuing controversy in Indonesia. The commission is careful, but sometimes quite aggressive, in pursuing high profile cases. For example, in reporting on the activities of the KPK, one foreign observer noted that the commission has "confronted head-on the endemic corruption that remains as a legacy of President Suharto
Oct 20, 2012 01:28am
It is time for us to decide. Do we want a Malala's Pakistan or a Taliban's Pakistan?
Satyameva Jayate
Oct 20, 2012 08:15am
The author's conclusion is correct. Most readers of Dawn will concur with that. But what is most important is how to direct the society in the positive direction. And, that cannot happen till the society owns and corrects its past mistakes. Nothing good can be expected to happen to people with mistaken identity and roots. Kids even today are made to believe that their history links them to Ottoman Empire and not to the much older Indian culture. Kids are made to believe that Pakistan has been victimised by every country except China without mentioning all the aid the world has given to Pakistan. They are made to believe that the other countries are responsible for where Pakistan stands today.... No, god is not going to help - he helps those who help themselves.
Oct 18, 2012 08:06pm
spot on!
danu chellappa
Oct 19, 2012 09:22pm
Hi SriRam,you have spoken eloquently what has been our thouhts too.
Oct 19, 2012 07:50pm
Is the mullah is too powerful or govt.is too weak
Oct 18, 2012 02:31pm
Mr Naeem Malik Pakistanis are sorry for what you have mentioned and also sorry for target killing in Karachi and conditions in Baluchistan. But all this does not gives licenses to Taliban to kill thousands of Pakistanis and military personnel. It does not give them right to bomb school and deprive girls of education and bomb military installations. It does not give them right ownership of Pakistan and ruse to accept constitution and judiciary. Think with clear head.
Ajaya K Dutt
Oct 18, 2012 09:48pm
Darkest hour is before the dawn (I dont mean this paper). I see the glow of light over the Horizon.
Oct 20, 2012 01:16am
agreed 100%
Sohaib Farooq
Oct 19, 2012 07:17am
Never be Hopeless and from the statements of our great leaders like Imran khan. Have hope and survive. This was reminder from Allah that we are not concentrating on Girls education and there is a result in swat valley. So take hope and pray to Allah for Malala health.
A Human
Oct 19, 2012 07:08am
Best Article I have read on Dawn in the last 3 to 4 years. If the Pakistani people would stand up and take responsibility, speak out against terrorist groups, then maybe there would be no need for the Drones? Something to think about.
Oct 18, 2012 02:17pm
i agree with u
Shahjahan Bhatti
Oct 19, 2012 07:14am
True. We are directly responsible for what happened to Malala. As a matter of fact corrupt and incompetent government is allowing such gory acts knowing very well who is behind. Once an American general stated that Pakmil is incapable of fighting war in tribal areas. We are leaving all this mess to next generation to clean. Nation has lost confidence in institutions. Let's wait for next prey to predators. It can be me or You or any other Pakistani.
Oct 18, 2012 03:27pm
You sir are an enlightened soul, rational in thinking, lucid in thought, inspiring in command. I wonder if the urdu press is willing to have your piece published so that it makes the unenlightened ones see the sunrise that the Malala tragedy has spawned.
Oct 18, 2012 03:26pm
Great article Azam. My humble opinion for people like Naeem Malik, who refuses to understand the very crux of the problem, and continues to live in denial. Please read the article one more time with an open mind and heart and try to change yourself and thank Malala for changing the mindset of our society. Ali
Oct 19, 2012 12:45pm
The whole Pakistani nation is negligent - from top to bottom. At the top, the politicians and "rulers" are negligent for overlooking education, medical needs, creating jobs, eradicating poverty and promoting religious tolerance and harmony. At the middle and bottom, the nation is at fault in electing the same poilticians over and over again to run the country knowing very well their horrible track record.
Oct 19, 2012 12:44pm
your are right. She is a Canary in a coal mine...
Oct 20, 2012 02:59am
In pakistan, I am wondering how many people are honet like this writer ?
Oct 20, 2012 12:07pm
Our prophet may peace be upon him took 40 years in building the character before he started preaching the religion.... today we follow and choose our leaders who are totally character less and hypocrites.....who is to be blamed????
Oct 20, 2012 03:00am
Only way to get out this mess is to wipe out the past, clean the slate and start again. Together. There no point in plaing blame games on "who did what in the past".
Oct 20, 2012 08:11am
To be fair, it looks like this writer does not live in Pakistan. If I were a Pakistan resident, I would think twice writing a piece like this. I saw the Malala interview years ago - the one that infuriated the Taliban. At the time, the thought did cross my mind that they could attack her (they had killed a Swat politician who was also progressive). So it is not easy to be honest in Pakistan. But now Pakistan is fighting for its own identity: is it a modern Islamic state or is it a Taliban state? So easy or not, more Pakistanis have to become honest for the sake of your country.
Oct 20, 2012 12:46pm
Very well written article. What happened to our analytical minds? Why can we see things objectively and subjectively? Why do we have so short lived memory? Why our so called think tank and great religious leaders silence on this topic? What we are scared of?? To die for a cause is something rather than to die for nothing.....but than again who defines the causes, our Generals, our political parties our religious leaders..... Let us open ours eyes for god sake.....
sohail osman ali
Oct 20, 2012 04:49am
Mr Azam Mahmood is so right, Malala does not represent Pakistan because Pakistan remained silent and she was brave and spoke out. Malala is what Pakistan should be
Sue Sturgess
Oct 20, 2012 02:01am
Education for girls is absolutely essential and no reasonable person would dispute that, however, the fact that some men think it is not, means that their education is also sadly lacking. Since most of the positions of power are held by men, perhaps we should be focussing on educating the males to appreciate and respect the importance of women in society, and the value of education of both genders.
Oct 20, 2012 07:23am
I do'nt want Malala Pakistan it is just like say that i want veena malik pakistan if u have any rifft with taliban go afghanistan and help the Nato against Taliban
Imran A.
Oct 20, 2012 03:37am
You wouldn't be talking like this if Malala was your sister or daugther.
Oct 20, 2012 07:28am
Yes Mullah is Power ful because he is not Involved in Rental power , swiss cases and Hajj corruption.
Oct 19, 2012 06:03pm
God Bless you sister. Keep fight for good.All Indians , entire world is proud of you.
Ashraf Jilani
Oct 20, 2012 06:58am
Pakistan has made an unchecked descent into facism. This theology driven phenomenon was rightly identified by Bush era neocons as Islamo-facism.
Oct 20, 2012 07:10am
good article. i have just one comment regarding your assertion in the article that IK says that it is not our war. please be a little more judicious when attributing such statements to a public figure (who could possibly be the only one out of the crop of current leaders capable of preventing the pakistani ship from sinking). IK basically says that 'currently' this is not our war and he is right because this war is being fought by the americans (pakistan is only a collaborator). IK points to the fact that we must make this our war and only then do we have a chance of winning it. most people already are confused about IKs stance due to various reasons (beyond Imran's control) and misrepresentations such as the one in this article further fuel that confusion.
Prashant Garg
Oct 20, 2012 07:18am
Earlier sufi saints led Islam by love and harmony, now Talibans are doing the same job but in different manner i.e. by killing and hunting.
T. George
Oct 20, 2012 07:41am
Fearless Azam Mahmood's truly unbiased article is testament that there exist 21st century-sane people in Pakistan even today. His thoughts are so true to life in Pakistan today, and the manner in which he has describes his yearnings towards his beloved country's future shuddered me into fearing that Azam may be the next Shahbaz Taseer. Regarding brave Malaala, it has already been said that she and/or her family would ultimately be killed. As they say, "a good idea can be defeated only by a better idea," not by silencing the sayer!
Lee Sal
Oct 20, 2012 06:30am
This is the best piece of writing I have read on this subject. Kudos!
aabhay chauhan
Oct 20, 2012 06:04am
very nice article.....what I learnt from it is......PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE......so have every citizen of Pakistan......to live in fear and let your daughters slaughtered....OR to be a hero in the eyes of your children, your family, your relatives, your community, your country.........in my veiw......if Malala is legend......her father is proud.....hats off to him.
Oct 19, 2012 12:12am
I noticed that Imran Khan did not speak out against the Taliban either. Is he just another man of 'Silence'?
M Nisar
Oct 19, 2012 03:17pm
this is a great piece from the young guy...we need such youth...best sentence.."I blame said messiahs like Imran Khan who say that the war against extremism is
Muhammad Fuad Bangash
Oct 19, 2012 02:18am
One of the best articles on this subject and most of the comments are also true and sharp. Pakistan has a clear choice ... Taliban or Malala Yousafzai. That is it. No discussion and no ifs and buts.
Bashir Ahmed
Oct 19, 2012 10:53pm
Excellent analysis. It is time that the people wake up and stand up for ensuring that Pakistan survives. Every day the situation is worse than the previous day. Very few people of Pakistan have the courage to stand up and side with the truth. Today it is Malala, tomorrow it will be our own near and dear ones. We are allowing these un-educated tyrants who call themselves as guardians of Islam to create havoc in our lives. We all keep quiet. That encourages them to repeat such actions. Judiciary which appears to be the strongest force in Pakistan today, has to show a way by not releasing the militants caught by the security forces at great risk to their lives. At present the unsocial elements do not have any fear. I am surprises that a person of Imran Khan's calibre has not found it proper to come out strongly against the Taliban in the Malala case. If this is his stand today, how can there be a hope for Pakistan.
T. George
Oct 20, 2012 09:16am
A sensible beginning would be to stop being the keeper of the other persons' conscience. Respect everyone's independent thinking. If a person wishes to be beyond the restraints of faith, let them be so, or the country will surely be left lingering behind the fast advancing world.
Oct 20, 2012 09:39am
good article, there we have it in a nutshell. In Pakistan there are people who may defend Taliban rule, but those who grow up under Taliban rule see the barbaric unjust reality. I think the author is correct to show that the blasphemy law must be changed for to do so would be to accept Taliban dictat. We must protect not only the name of the prophet but also its spirit. Spirit means true justice, not licence to persecute minorities. Malala you have shown yourself to be a true inheritor of the Quaid-e-azam's dream. Let us make sure we turn this into reality, and not be dissuaded by fear.
Oct 19, 2012 08:49pm
Why no rally in swat... ???
Oct 19, 2012 04:32am
Malala yousif zaee is sign of peace in the world .she is courage and greater human atavists he work for the people of pakistan especially for the girls , she fight for girls right . we want malala pakistan not taliban pakistan . malik dayanat hussain student of chemistry department karakoram international university gilgit.
Oct 19, 2012 04:29pm
Thank you for this peice. We need to get over this learned helplessness and do something before Pakistan goes the way of Afghanistan.
Oct 19, 2012 04:56am
A well written article. But what I would like to pinpoint here is that since quite a few days I have been coming across criticism regarding IK and the whole Malala issue and what I think is that too a lot of extent he is right. Firstly, hundreds of Malalas and even younger die everyday because we chose and allowed to carry out drone attacks against 'extremist' in which as a collateral damage the citizen pays. If Malala was an unknown girl, i am very sure nobody would have bothered to pay any heed. Secondly, let's take an example. Person B slaps you, you slap back. You have inadequate knowledge and you have been following your traditions since centuries. So when Person C comes up to you and tries to promote something you associate with Person B's traditions, you will retaliate. Thirdly, IK gave a very good example on a talk show the other day..."Khi is being attacked by terrorist each day, so what now? You will bring in military and start bombing Khi? Is that the solution?"
Kingshuk Bhattacharjee
Oct 19, 2012 09:49am
When something created out of hatred and anger, it cannot sustain itself.
Oct 19, 2012 05:14am
The problem is that we are confused people having no clue/certainty about anything we speak or do. Take media for example, many of them are prompting to stand for the cause of Malala and others inject conspiracies (or possibly realities because I'm confused too). And the root goes down to the desire of humans to satiate their lust for fame, wealth, fortune and glory. We've buried the scruples one by one as we get deep into this bottomless pit of darkness. Everything can be sold here. Someone is selling Malala's cause and others sell stories of their frustration.
dr aq khan
Oct 18, 2012 10:45pm
Excellent article. Bravo
Krish Chennai
Oct 19, 2012 08:58am
There is real hope for Pakistan, seeing how all the people of the country have rallied together as one, across all divides, be it rich or poor, or educated or unlettered. Sorry about what happened to the little girl, but thumbs up to the people of Pakistan !
Oct 19, 2012 06:09am
oppose taliban for better pakistan
Oct 19, 2012 06:09am
As an Indian and regular reader of Dawn(and almost all the readers' comments in Dawn online), I must say this article is one of the best in the message it delivers. Dear Pakistanis, I hope you take control of your country and steer it in the right direction. I hope at least now you stop laying the blame on external events and extremists for the state of your society. We're facing a similar problem with corruption in India, and only now the middle class is slowly waking up to its evils - we have also been blaming the "system"(and even taking advantage of it) without taking the ownership to correct it. I honestly think your society is still in the middle ages since you've let religion take such a large part of the political discourse. Its hard for an individual to question a religious tenet. Our country has largely steered clear of it(even though we are a very religious people and have strong faith, just like you), and hence is at least free to concentrate on issues of development and corruption. I hope you learn from us, and I say this with all humility.
Pawan Madhok
Oct 19, 2012 05:58am
Let's be clear. Either you bomb the medievalists into modernity, or they will surely bomb the rest of Pakistan into medievalism. The "bombing into the Stone Age" metaphor is a red herring.
Oct 19, 2012 05:52am
The history tells we always had problem doing justice with people. We have been busy taking care of everything else but people, please do not derive results by only keeping one side of the picture. Hummare saath issues hain. Agar na hote to dunya hum se baat karne se pehle sochti. Jab tak hum andar se theek naheen hote hamen koi haq naheen pohonchta ke doosroon ko bura bhala kahen. Halat yahan tak is hi liay pohonche hain ke hum apni kamzori ki taraf nazar dalne ki takleef he naheen karte aur doosron ko mukamal ghalat samajhte hain. Yeh artificial intelligence ka dor hai apni next generation ko kia dena chahte hain? sach yah jhoot? fesla karne ka waqt bohot arse phele se aa chuka hai.
G M Patra
Oct 19, 2012 08:20am
Great article. I am afraid too that this episode will die down too like others did. ISI, Military, Politicians, Elites, ...will continue to ignore law and order, minorities, education and all other important issues for the ordinary people.
Oct 19, 2012 05:44am
Nice article Azam, but I believe the conclusion is wrong. Please look at the article in light of the following advice by our Prophet (pbuh)
Arshad Masih
Oct 19, 2012 09:47am
It is sad to see that the author, who is studying a secular subject of science, thinks that 1) taliban who shot the girl are pakistani, and 2) they were negligent in shooting because the girl survived. One would think that a person of education will understand that islam is breeding intolerance and his own children do not have any future in such a Pakistan.
Oct 19, 2012 10:36am
Nicely expressed. Everyone knows that it revolves around the army and the politicians do do something to correct matters. What we see is that the religious lot are already doing damage control and the army and politicians seem to be in the proverbial ' deer in the head-lights of the on coming truck ' situation.
Oct 19, 2012 07:30am
so now dawn is taking u turn on its initial percertions
Oct 18, 2012 11:59pm
This is exactly the mindset which the author has correctly identified as the problem.Being defensive and pointing fingers is not going to help.Why mix up drones(which definitely need to be stopped)with the larger issue of tolerating the Taliban mindset?Unless Gen Kayani steps up and acts-like Musharraf did in Lal Masjid, nothing is going to happen, till the next Malala happens.And drones will continue to be blamed.
Oct 18, 2012 04:46pm
dear writer, concentrate on your studies and try to read some recent history if you really care! the taliban weren't the "taliban" when there was no attack on Afghanistan and we turned our backs to our poor struggling neighbors whose diplomats and ambassadors were sold to US by their hosts! this wasnt our war and we made it ours for dollars and bubble economy! you expect that we disregard other's values and other's stay mum!
Oct 18, 2012 02:55pm
Great article Dr. Martin Luther King once said "in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"
farhana qazi
Oct 18, 2012 02:53pm
You are a remarkable writer and have addressed an issue with such clarity and compassion. Thank you for sharing.
Oct 18, 2012 04:51pm
@Naeem Malik - Your's is the mindset we need to flight, you pose a clear and present danger for Pakistan and Pakistanis. If every single one of us does not realize the repercussion of this diseased mind then Pakistan will become the new Somalia.... We need to show these people the light and when their words become heinous crimes we to need to dispense prompt justice with the harshest punishments that would make them an example for generations to come......
Muhammad Raza
Oct 19, 2012 07:45am
MR. Naeem Malik can you Explain What is the roll of Aa fia Goodnes for pakistan so we can defent her cause
Naeem Malik
Oct 18, 2012 01:13pm
Who is crying Sadaullah who is only 15, just a year older than Malala, whose house was bombed in a drone attack. He was blinded and his house demolished? I blame those who promised to bomb us into the stone age and have succeeded in doing so. Who is crying for Aafia and for her children and for thousands others who are victims of this war of terror.
Bakhtawer Bilal
Oct 18, 2012 01:18pm
Totally agree. Yes, we the passive nation, we the mean individuals are to blame. We undertake few chores for God, and then absolve ourselves of our duties as a component of a civilized society towards one another.
muzammil ullah khan
Oct 18, 2012 01:25pm
an excellent analysis. the writer is correct in saying that WE are responsible for malala shooting. WE are cowards. WE are afraid of the mullah and his associates i,e taliban. those who keep quiet when the taliban apologists try to confuse the issue with afghanistan and drones are squarely to blame. JI and JUI are die hard taliban supporters so i have no issue with them because their followers have twisted minds but i certainly take issue with people like ch nisar and imran khan when they try to confuse the issue. it is at such times that i think we may not survive as a nation. when majority of our leadership refuses to stand up to these evil taliban philosophy then there is very little hope for this country's survival.
Oct 18, 2012 05:06pm
Because of that bombing you start killing your own. What kind of reasoning is that?
Enver khan
Oct 18, 2012 01:26pm
I couldn't agree more with this article. When lawyers shower rose pettals on the killer of Salaman Taseer and leaders like Imran Khan ( on whom we pin so much hope for a better tomorrow) fail to condemn the Talaban outright and instead blame the US, then i am afraid there is not much future for Qaid -e - Azam's Pakistan. I see a bleak future for our beloved country. Most of our political leaders and the so called parlimentarians are not only corrupt but incompetent as well, Add to this description another quality ' gutless ' and that says it all for where we are headed !
Oct 18, 2012 01:28pm
In one word, TRUE.
Oct 20, 2012 09:01am
I believe that america is fully responsible for malala attack by killing millions of innocent Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan,tribal area of Pakistan and elsewhere.The writer should also write about the misery of people living in tribal area and facing drone attacks,about the movie,cruelty in Guantanamo bay.
Sana Yusuf
Oct 19, 2012 07:56am
If you would have read the disclaimer you
Suresh Charnalia
Oct 18, 2012 08:45pm
You have narrated the truth Azam. Who shall take action? No one else than the Pakistani's. This girl has been sent by almighty God!
Oct 18, 2012 01:43pm
Very well said and written.
Oct 19, 2012 08:07am
Awesome writing.. Mr. Azam Mahmood..Great analysis and I like the style of your writing
Anjum Amin
Oct 19, 2012 08:09am
Very true she is a tool for bigger drama. In 90s Karachittes witnessed such drama when people were killed and the blame goes to MQM. We watch culprits confessing, trialed and jailed but after the reconciliation with MQM all such people were no where to be found. So the myth called Talliban ramins to haunt till the bigger drama unfolded.
Oct 19, 2012 04:16am
Pakistan , this is your last chance to wake up.... The best thing every youth can do is to become Malala, not by just saying "i am Malala" in postcards but by actually doing what she was doing i.e. writing about the Taliban, proving their belief system wrong, writing for education of women etc. How many Malalas can they kill?
Oct 19, 2012 06:18am
How are Talibans openly sending threats, emails, sms and phone calls to media for promoting Malala's cause? Where is ISI and intelligenec? Why can't they track their location with GPS like CIA
Mandar J (Mumbai)
Oct 18, 2012 06:42pm
nice article... so what you suggest? Give few tips what people should do and not forget and not move on... (in wrong direction)...
Oct 19, 2012 07:35am
We can have different opinions and thoughts on this point , but my question is that who is behind all these things,who is funding,who is providing training,who was providing list of persons to whom will attack.In my opinion they made certain groups and provide funds and training and use them actually they are not doing ,even they do not know about the incident but the incident goes into their account.If you want peace in the country we should banned all types of arms and cancelled all arms licences issued by Govt. of Pakistan only the Security agencies are allowed to have the arms no other person is allowed to have the arms.
Oct 19, 2012 07:43am
poor malala has just been used by the higher think tanks to achieve the paramount benefits.whoever shot bullets at her must be senseless,but the lust for money always produce such entities in the society who feel such insanity be true. as far as malala is concerned she is just the trailer of a blockbuster yet to come.
Oct 18, 2012 07:49pm
The Torch that Malala has lit and upheld, every Pakistani should be determined to carry that torch and ensure that the better change does occur through the President, armed forces and all those higher officials who are capable of doing something at the National level. Do Not let this flame extinguish that Malala started bravely, or her sacrifice will be of no use and change will never occur instead worst things can happen in Pakistan because the evil will get more encouraged. This is the time to stand up United and make sure the evil is uprooted once and for all from every corner of Pakistan including the Tribal regions. This needs Courage and Dedication and Perseverance and Persistence, but it can be achieved. It's About Time! Do not sit until you see the better Change! All The Best!
adam memon
Oct 19, 2012 02:26pm
Nation can not progress without education.We celebrate Sir Syed Ahmad Khan but we dont follow.Malala and her all family members should be supported till end.No body has got right to maket hndrence in our children education whether local or foreigner.Government should take serious action in this regard. God bless our beloved country and protect our children.
Oct 19, 2012 04:48am
Where is your army in this?if they don't step up now, when would they?
T. George
Oct 20, 2012 09:00am
Somehow, I knew all along that even when an interntional figure, IK would express extremist views that should have died with past ages. Decades ago when they asked him what should the cricketing world do with those cricketers who fixed matches, his reply straightaway was, "hang them!" In what manner of speaking, someone may like to advise me, this ideology is different from an extremist's ideology.
Oct 20, 2012 04:16am
Heard Malala is recovering well. God is great!
Oct 20, 2012 03:49am
It is not Pakistan's fault that Malala Yusufzai was shot point blank at her forehead by a Taliban -- it is Taliban's fault that a 14 years old child girl was in coma for almost 2 weeks. The Talibans did it -- the Talibans MUST be punished -- Imran Khan or no Imran Khan.
Oct 19, 2012 01:04pm
Your comment,"saudi
Oct 19, 2012 04:14pm
Best article I have read to date.... The Malala incident is a reflection on Pakistan and more importantly on Islam. Both are big losers and have been for some time
Oct 19, 2012 09:30pm
hats off to you Nauraz
Raghu S Johar
Oct 19, 2012 02:04am
What is the connection between drone attacks and intentionally attempt to kill an innocent little girl of 14 who is just asking for freedom of education for all? All innocent killing in drone attack is condemnable and should be condemned but I fail to understand how any civilized human being can compare this with the attack on Malala.
Oct 19, 2012 02:37am
Shame on you.
Agha Asad Raza
Oct 19, 2012 12:56pm
Good reading!! Makes me wish people against these Talibans would speak out more openly!!
chun li
Oct 19, 2012 04:58pm
what the taliban have done is right and wrong! wrong bcoz as obvious the world knows and right because atleast due to them pakistanis are already in stone age and cant think of competing great pwers like india and china!
Muhammed Haris
Oct 18, 2012 10:02pm
If our government is serious to fight the Taliban they should ensure free education for all children throughout the country and close all those hateful madrassas.
Ahmed Saeed
Oct 19, 2012 12:03pm
Very true. Its a dooms day conspiracy.
Oct 19, 2012 07:23pm
I have a question. Did any of the religious parties in Pakistan had any rallies to protest attack on Malala?