Hina Khan speaks at a press conference in 2009.

PESHAWAR: Following the deadly attack on activist Malala Yousafzai a few weeks ago, another schoolgirl from Swat, Hina Khan who was a pioneer in raising her voice publicly against Taliban atrocities in the Malakand Valley, is now also claiming to be on the Taliban’s hit list. What has been further worrisome for her family is that despite repeated requests for security, they claim no steps have been taken to provide protection to them after they fled from Swat and moved to Islamabad.

The teenaged Hina Khan, a student of Class 11, had publicly denounced militants’ atrocities in 2009.

“I had left Swat with my family because the militants had threatened girls’ education there but now I feel I would not be able to go to school in Islamabad as well after these renewed threats,” Khan told Dawn.com.

Hina held a press conference at the National Press Club in 2008 after her friends in Swat told her that the militants were becoming further intolerant towards girls seeking education and had started bombing schools as well.

“I raised my voice publicly to save their future,” she stated.

Khan, along with some other students had also taken out a peace rally at the Jinnah Supper Market in Islamabad to draw attention towards the Swati womens’ problems.

“I am more worried now because after the attack on Malala, this red cross appearing on our door and subsequent threats to my family has made us more insecure,” Khan said.

Khan claims that she fears not being able to attend school even in Islamabad, since she was receiving threats warning her that she would be targeted or kidnapped.

Khan’s father Raitullah Khan told Dawn.com that he was very worried about his family after his wife Farhat, a social worker, also started receiving threatening calls since August this year. He claimed that she had previously also received threats.

About the renewed threats and the family worries, Raituallah said, “A few days ago when I came out of my house I saw a red cross on my gate but I removed it assuming it might have been drawn by some kids, but the very next day it appeared again which really terrified me.”

A red cross marked on Hina Khan's residence.

The next day, he claimed, “we received a call that Hina will be next after Malala. We have already been fighting death since many years when my wife started speaking for women rights and girls’ education.”

Khan’s mother, Farhat, who used to be a human rights and social activist, had worked for the women empowerment in Swat for more than a decade.

“I received a call from a land line PTCL number with Peshawar’s area code and the callers threatened to target Hina and my family and said that we would not spared,” claimed Farhat.

“Mullah Fazlullah led militants had even sent us death threats on their FM Radio after a huge handicraft exhibition of Swat women was arranged in 2006 to promote their work but now these threats are coming with more force after Malala’s incident.”

Farhat said that her children remain at home now as she has not been letting them out of the house to attend school.

“I had personally tried to contact and speak to the Interior Minister Rehman Malik and had also forwarded an application to the Interior Ministry personally, as well as through minority Senator Amar Jeet Singh but nothing concrete happened.”

Farhat said that they moved to Islamabad in 2006 after receiving the threats but were now being haunted by renewed ones.

Farhat, who was then running a non-governmental organisation had arranged a handicraft expo in 2006 for the Swati women which was inaugurated by the than federal minister Sumera Malik. The family had been on the hit list ever since, she claimed.

Raitullah said that the interior minister had just forwarded their application to a senior police officer, seeking a report on the incident on October 10 but nothing practical had come about. The police said that they needed clear cut orders for deployment and could not act much on reports.

Raitullah argued that it was strange that when someone being threatened is requesting security, the authorities don’t  bother to do anything but as soon as something big happens they start rushing.

“We are almost being held as hostages inside our house. I want security for my three daughters, two sons and my wife so they can live freely,” he added.

Raitullah said they had been changing residences in Islamabad frequently.

“My family and kids need security, we need nothing else.”

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Comments (134)

October 22, 2012 10:28 am
One day all nation has deal with with these terrorist. Saving skin by not having one stand, one voice will one day end up handing over this country to terrorist. Then no more human being in this country
October 22, 2012 10:31 am
It is Pakistan Govt's moral duty to ensure Hina Khan 's safety and well being. But. its asking for too much. Who cares about these "lesser mortals". They are only interested in amassing ill gotten wealth and corruption. It's a pity that Pakistan has no leader with vision of future. The writing is on the wall..the time is to act and act decisively against these coward militants, who dread girls being educated. They claim drone attacks breach Pakistan's sovereignity what about these ruthless, mindless militants who are running scotfree without any government control. Doing whatever they like...weongly interpreting religion for their selfish goals..these butchers of humanity...shame shame shame on them
October 23, 2012 5:00 am
Taliban don't bury their baby daughters but love them like any other parent except Hindus who indeed bury alive their new born daughters
October 23, 2012 4:55 am
Taliban injure one women---Taliban bad. Drone kills whole family: Father, pregnant mother and their four children---Drone good.
anwar kamal
October 22, 2012 4:39 pm
how many Malala need to sacrifice their lives for Taliban?
October 23, 2012 9:13 am
Now what Imran Khan, Munawar Hassan and likes will say in this regard I think they will say that all Pakistani nation has become the propaganda tool of westerns
October 22, 2012 4:38 pm
How many girls have simply moved to cities because of their fears and TTP turning Swat into Afghanistan? Get rid of them.
Contest 101
October 24, 2012 6:56 am
Wrong. When you make such an absurd statement than pleaase cite a valid verifiable reference. You opinion is otherwise of no value.
October 22, 2012 4:15 pm
A very practical solution. these kids need not to behave like heros in Indian movies. Our poliicans are not sincere and Malala was taken care of because she is known but many children who are also as good as malala is but they are not known in the media and govt and so might risk their lives, so better to play and behave in a safe way.
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:13 pm
Wishing won't make it come true.
Dr. Rahman
October 22, 2012 2:11 pm
No one treats women with more dignity than Muslims. Don't simply be making ridiculous comments just to have a comment!
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:25 pm
The men want complete control of women, and murder is the ultimate control.
October 22, 2012 2:17 pm
Today Hina, tomorrow another, day after tomorrow another and this will go on. Come on people, providing saftey to threatened people is necessary but is this the solution? Solution lies in closing the sanctuaries of Taliban in Pakistan, the madrassas of a particular sect.
October 23, 2012 1:48 am
Congratulations to Hina for raising her voice for the noble cause of girls education. We will like to bring Hina Khan in USA where she will be free to achieve her goals. Pakistani government does not have will or capacity to protect its citizens and so many time times it is hard to decide if government of Pakistan is helping the people or the terrorists. Hina you are welcome to our country and we will be waiting with open arms.
October 23, 2012 5:12 am
October 22, 2012 8:53 pm
Does the government think that everything is business as usual, if not then they should take full action to uproot and eliminate the enimes of Pakistan and Islam i.e. Taliban who in my opinon are neither Muslims nor Pakistanis, they are a bunch of stray people who wants to live according to thier whims and wishes.
October 22, 2012 9:25 pm
Do you really believe tha they are muslims Mr Rohit Pandey?? Why do you label them as muslims....
October 23, 2012 7:13 am
Where are the Taliban sympathizers ? it is their duty to give protection to Hina and her family. Now this is high time that all Taliban and their supporters should be crashed once and for all
October 23, 2012 7:16 am
rightly said
marghoob siddiqui (@mab_greenish)
October 22, 2012 7:57 pm
GOD may keep her safe and she may be able to have more courage to condemn these elements.
October 23, 2012 6:30 pm
It shouldn't mean that being a coward is acceptable! Do something about it!
October 22, 2012 10:34 am
What is becoming clear is that the truly brave in Pakistan are 14 year old shool girls. Need I say, the rest including me are cowards.
October 23, 2012 5:17 pm
Since when the people of Pakistan have had any say in how the country should be run. Neither democratically elected leaders nor military dictators have cared about doing good for the masses of Pakistan. For any leader after PM Liaquat Ali Khan was assasinated soon after partition from India, the priority is self gain, get rich by any means and let the masses of Pakistan rot and go to hell. That's the only sad fact about Pakistan that is the truth. THE END!
Lahori Khan
October 22, 2012 6:12 pm
Mr. Pandey, please do not disharmonious the relationship of two nations with your careless comments. There are huge sensitivities between two readership on this issue. When it comes to dealing with women track record of both nations is very bad to give any advise to each other. In India at least you guys started to talk about this. Pakistan needs a Amir Khan to do a show to expose this better. I am not a Muslim but let me tell you that the suppression of women in sub-continent is social not religious. Talibans are an exemption. They are nothing but barbarians so let's not compare civilized Pakistanis with them. We love India and it hurts when you go freelancing with your words. Thank you.
October 23, 2012 10:24 am
"The message to the terrorists should be unanimous from all sections of society: we won’t tolerate this anymore" Are we talking about the same place where the murderer Qadri of a state governor Salman Taseer, was celebrated as a hero, a martyr, for talking in support of minorities and for repealing blasphemy laws. And not by some ignorant villagers, but by the lawyer board. Education, awareness and maturity go normally together, but if the education itself is compromised like in history books where do you go?
October 22, 2012 8:14 pm
Abbotabad like operation needed to eliminate Taliban leadership. Way to go USA
October 23, 2012 11:32 am
thumbs down***
October 22, 2012 5:12 pm
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid is brave
October 23, 2012 10:31 am
Yes,I am very familiar with that take? On Islam and mullahs.It has probably been around for centuries?
October 22, 2012 5:05 pm
It takes a very brave person to overcome his ego and admit to being a coward
October 22, 2012 5:05 pm
Why do you feel compelled to write about things that you know nothing about Mr. Azhar? Taliban are a bunch of crazy fanatics but the crazy fanatics themselves are telling us that they are the "True Muslims". Now you're implying that you are a "True Muslim".. who's to be believed? Hindus who treated women poorly in the past have been roundly criticized by the Hindus themselves!!! We did not wait for pure Muslims like you to come and tell us what to do. That's the difference that you're not able to understand.
October 22, 2012 5:02 pm
please do not generalize the ways of the Taliban with the ways of the rest of the muslim ummah
October 22, 2012 5:01 pm
Please do not generalize the Taliban's ways with the ways of the rest of the Muslim ummah.
October 22, 2012 5:01 pm
That is the problem with us. We are not brave enough to raise our voice/concerns and those we raise/express theirs we call them crazy. We want to suppress others freedom of expression.
October 22, 2012 4:25 pm
And the thumbs up and thumbs down ratio for my post is 2:1 almost.!! Speaks for itself- as does the reversed ratio for your post and the other gentleman's!!
Ahmed Khan
October 22, 2012 6:41 pm
What is your point ? Of course educating masses is a horrendous and time-consuming task, but is there an alternative? No! So, we should stop whining and making excuses and get on with the job. What is the job? Ruthlessly eliminate terrorists Talibans, shut down madrassas, reopen them with completely re-designed curriculum of modern education, stop spending so much money on military (they are good for nothing anyway) and divert the funds to education on a war-footing. Alas, but this will not happen in Pakistan!
October 22, 2012 4:20 pm
Sati was abolished during the British times..banned. Whatever your "Pakistan studies" might have to say,sir!! Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Willams are two women astronauts of Indian origin. And about half the Information Technology workers in India are women and that would be 1 million strong. Sati is predominantly a Rajput/ Rajasthan phenomenon ( when it existed!) and in the South where I come from,it is UNHEARD of! Read CONTEMPORARY Indian history spanning a last few decades and not a last few centuries covered by " Pakistan studies"? All MUSLIM SOCIETIES have an overpowering odor of misogyny- from flogging to ban on car driving and draping from head to toe. TY.
October 22, 2012 8:43 pm
What silly and thoughtless statements we make! Did Benazir Bhutto not come in harm's way? Did she not oppose the extremists and was killed by them? She alerted the country against them five years ago,when their threat did not seem so clear.
October 23, 2012 4:05 pm
ravinder sahab i totally agree with u
October 22, 2012 9:35 pm
Of course Police is worthless, if altleast more than half of Pakistani People have same agenda and belief like TTP. How many people belief in freedom of speech,freedom of Religon , freedom of race and cast., I think very few.
October 22, 2012 10:18 am
We should learn from our daughters.I think Pakistan will be saved,We have brave and intelligent daughters.History of Pakistan also tells that .
Vijay (Pakistani)
October 22, 2012 7:17 pm
Its same in Pakistan when we look at undeveloped areas. So I dont understand your point of dowry (this is common in Pakistan as well). I am a Pakistani hindu and during my school days and the religious classes, it was more about other regilion than the islam itself and how the kafir are bad and they perform Sati but truth is that these happens in Pakistan as well in 21 century (like the women buried alive in Balochistan) pakistani have negative opinions about Hindus becasue this is what they are taught at young age (this is proven)
October 22, 2012 10:09 am
Why these silly parents are putting their kids in the harm way. Our government is incompetent and if no security is provided for these kids than the smart thing to do will be to refrain from activities that are not suitable for now. Many will disagree with me they want these kids to continue the mission. I beleive the l mission is good but why with my son or daughter. I don't see President or Prime Minsters or any of elite putting their son's and daughter in the harm way. At the moment putting your son or daughter in the good reason or for fame is irresponsible and careless. Everybody is looking for quick fix in Pakistan but keep in mind educating the masses in not a easy task it takes decade and also requires a good team. Our Governments has failed to provide resources to schools, colleges and universities and our kids are failing. Unless we educate our people this will continue, yesterday was Malala and now Hina Khan same story different characters.
October 22, 2012 7:22 pm
If your a Muslim woman you have no future in this world. Your own men want to kill you and throw acid on your face. Sorry your men are corrupt or obsessed with religion.
October 22, 2012 10:48 pm
I like the comments by S. Mirza "The Taliban may be scared of getting shot, arrested, or put in jail, but nothing is more frightening to them than an educated woman. A woman who can think, speak and fight with her mind. A woman they can’t control. It is only a weak man, a man with an undeveloped mind, and no emotional intelligence that can feel threatened by a woman who has an opinion, and the courage to criticise." What is needed in our country is freedom to practice and choose ANY religion... this will enable us to be thinkers and help us to progress.. otherwise we will live in fear and will have to live inside our homes which are like a prison.
October 23, 2012 6:41 pm
A person cannot be a coward and also brave at the same time!
October 23, 2012 5:03 am
Exceptions like stoning a woman to death according to your sharia law mr nadeem !
October 23, 2012 4:07 pm
A justice based on any religious identity is NO JUSTICE.
Truth Hurts
October 22, 2012 10:00 am
You got a air pick all the way to UK via Dubai mate.....keep walking!!!! This indeed is a good idea to move out of country with covered expense and no standing in the que to apply visa and appear in an interview etc.... KoOoL
October 23, 2012 4:07 pm
it is common perspective
October 22, 2012 9:53 pm
imran khan is loosing his integrity in this issue.
October 23, 2012 6:27 am
Why don't we correct their religion.
October 23, 2012 4:40 am
Depends on how many more can be recruited by the foreign operators.
October 22, 2012 12:18 pm
Before criticing Muslims, look at your own backyard Pandey. Hindus have the worst record about maltreatment of women including burning them alive with their dead husbands, which is still happening. So a Hindu should be the last one in the world to criticise others about women's rights. Talibans are a bunch of crazy fanatics and have nothing to do with Islam. Islam liberated women. Anyone suppressing women has nothing to do with Islam.
October 22, 2012 12:40 pm
100% agree
Zack Khan
October 22, 2012 3:15 pm
Rohit Pandey, I will not criticize hinduism to defend the actions of taliban. But just a friendly advise, before criticizing any religion do a little study of that religion. When did Muhammad declared to be a prophet! what year was that, what was the conditions of the people at that time and what was their culture, how did they dealt with women. How did Islam change the women's rights, what does Islam teach regarding women's right. Now coming to taliban, here is my equation of taliban: taliban has nothing to do with islam, totally opposite of islam, created by CIA to deal with Russian invasion and then left out cold, political party that uses fear to achieve its goals(just like George Bussh used fear factor to attack Iraq and Afghanistan)
Ravindra sanap
October 24, 2012 2:59 am
Sati has been abolished 100 years ago in the british era.So a pakistani hindu just mentioned here how the education in pakistan is based on "kafirs" and negatives of hinduism.You are so much talking about education but please also talk about proper & quality education and not like this kind of hatred spreading education.
muzammil ullah khan
October 22, 2012 12:37 pm
sir we dont burn our women for not bringing enough dowry. Nor do we kill our daughters for fear that we wont be able to afford dowry for them when they grow up. Nor do we impose condition on the brides family to pay up according to the boy's education. I think we look after wives and sisters and mothers better than u people . i would recommend that u look into ur rural areas in bihar and other places where women are disgraced all the time. leave alone women u guys treat the lower caste people like dirt. u simply are not in a position to point fingers at us .
adam memon
October 23, 2012 4:19 pm
Talban dont allow thier girls to go to school as such they are backward and illetrate.But they have no right to stop our children.If our goverment do not support us we have to take the help of foreigner.
October 22, 2012 1:04 pm
No she is unimportant to the nation now and when she will be targetted, it will be considered to be a US conspiracy. You love it or hate it, it is Talibanic republic of Pakistan not Islamic republic.
N K Ali
October 22, 2012 1:04 pm
Please look at your 'shining India' for a change. There are a billion plus people and all of them are not shining angels. Its time you people learned to 'live and let live.' Have a nice day.
October 22, 2012 12:28 pm
First Malala and now this girl and family under threat.Don't worry.Your President in yesterdays Dawn's news said "Nation consensus pre - requisite to to go after militants". So people of Pakistan give your consensus to the President and the militants will feel the army's heat. Jio Pakistan. Your President has given you people's power.
October 22, 2012 2:35 pm
So how is hitting children with missiles better than shooting children with a gun?
October 23, 2012 11:55 am
I am glad you mentioned dowry in Pakistan. I know that Arabs give mehr to bride's family and I did not know that Pakistanis had this " Hindu habit" of giving dowry. I did not know that women are buried in Baluchistan either. If you did suffer from pain and distress about being forced to read about kaffurs in your classes in school,my deepest sympathies to you. I can say with complete honesty that Muslims are not marked as such in negative terms in school lessons in India. In fact,very unsavory treatment of Hindus under Muslim rulers is glossed over ..for the government wants secularism in the country named " Socialist Secular Republic of India". In my view,history should be warts pimples cuts nicks bruises exposed for all to see and draw conclusions from.
Syed W. Ali
October 22, 2012 1:26 pm
Muslims need to become muslims and the rest will be history. And this alone requires education. To devoid the masses of education to further their means is an old trick that all despots and rulers have used since the beginning of time. Taliban are no different. It will require a tremendous personal sacrifice from all those who share this understanding, including me, to become part of the grass roots efforts at a small scale and work hard to empower those who do not have a voice today. Sadly, like India, and other countries struggling with the menace of poverty, it will take a long time for things to get better.
Shahid Iqbal
October 22, 2012 1:15 pm
Pakistani government is not providing the security to Ms. Hina Khan.The government wants Ms. Hina Khan dead so that they can use the propaganda war against Taliban. There is no much difference between the Taliban and Pakistan's security establishment. Both are enemies to the Public.
October 22, 2012 1:17 pm
Because they do not know much about satti... tradition yet... learn not to use plural... excetions are always there Mr Rohit Pandey
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
October 23, 2012 4:56 pm
Try to understand what Imran Khan and all of those people are saying, what they are saying is that drone attacks and war is not the solution to this problem. Amerians tried it in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. End of the day all parties have to come to the negotiating table. So don't make it sound like Imran Khan and his allies are the bad guys here.
Agha Ata (USA)
October 22, 2012 1:00 pm
Sorry. Hina. But the government and the army have agreed in principle that they should not help you live. That would be dangerous for them to do so.
patriotic human
October 22, 2012 12:51 pm
Islam, gives a lot of protection,equality and honor to women, unfortunately the Mullahs and the Pseudo Mujjahids who call themselves Taliban, passes false Fatwas against women for their own chauvinism, therefore tarnishing the image of Islam.For their own self esteem they suppress them, thinking women being weak and have no support, they have license to rule her and push them back to pre Islamic era, when baby girls were buried alive. We cannot blame Islam for this, this is lack of knowledge of religious and worldly education.
October 22, 2012 12:13 pm
Will Imran Khan lead a long march to denounce the Taliban who are nothing but thugs hiding behind the veil of religion?
A. Khan
October 22, 2012 12:45 pm
I can imagine there are many girls like Malala and Hina who suffer in the hands of extrremists in Pakistan. Pakistani people must address the root to solve it. Military solution is not a solution. I think wrong interpretation of Islam, together with poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy are the main causes. News media must play an active role to bring awarness and publicity as it has done in the case of Malala. It has much more to do. Modern madrashas like the Imam Hatip School in Turkey must replace the current madrashas of Pakistan.
Goga nalaik
October 22, 2012 2:38 pm
David M
October 22, 2012 12:08 pm
One of the ways to fight the Taliban is for the government to provide full and active protection to its citizens. The Taliban have spokesmen who contact media, IT experts who run their websites and they freely use mobile phones. Our government knows all the means to snoop on us and make our lives miserable, but when it comes to tracking thugs like Taliban, they become gutless and brainless. Very frustrating!
Cyrus Howell
October 22, 2012 12:07 pm
"It’s a pity that Pakistan has no leader with vision of future." You Said It. The only vision of the future is for themselves.
Cyrus Howell
October 22, 2012 12:05 pm
Organize a new political party.
October 22, 2012 11:58 am
Oh My God!
Syed rizvi
October 22, 2012 1:41 pm
This news further support the opinion to attack taliban in north wairistan. Talibans have to be eliminated,or they will keep terrofising the whole pakistan.
October 23, 2012 12:28 pm
This is dire news, but not suprising. The case of Malala has broken my heart, and the hearts of many worldwide. I fear she will be forgotten, and the Taliban will continue to murder and destroy innocent people. Hina is now in danger as are all children and people of Pakistan and elsewhere who will not submit to the Taliban. It seems to me the greatest security Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Pakistani government can provide this family is to destroy the Taliban and their strongholds. May God be with Hina and her family and protect them. No more Taliban, no more murder of innocents.
October 22, 2012 11:49 am
Govt. should take urgent action to protect the family of Hina. I hope Mr. Rahman Malik will act quickly.
October 22, 2012 11:47 am
We know very well the govt will not provide the protection because they are making the money and looting to Pakistani people. So I request to the swat people please give the protection to your daughter.
October 22, 2012 11:45 am
Yes i agree. The men of Pakistan have become cowards who are to scared to throw out the corrupt politicians or the terrorists.
Mohdudul Huq
October 23, 2012 11:49 am
Now it is the high time to clean out enemy of Pakistan from the soil. Pakistan is on boiling point in the world in term of her survival.
Ammad Hafeez
October 22, 2012 2:43 pm
Talibanization is curse for Pakistan, we have to eliminate Talibanization for prosper Pakistan. Otherwise, no option!!
October 22, 2012 1:49 pm
The Taliban has revealed how gutless they are. With the Pak security forces mounting pressure on them, they are going after soft targets like young, defenceless teenage girls. I am surprised that this group actually has followers in Pakistan.
October 22, 2012 11:37 am
This is incomprehensible that Pakistan govt is waiting for something tragic (God forbid) to happen to this girl before they can provide her and her family security. First of all why would she be feeling insecure it maybe because complete lawlessness prevails in Pakistan.
Mariam jan
October 23, 2012 9:58 am
Try and Crash Taliban if you can :)
October 22, 2012 2:52 pm
Instead of 'Muslim' you should write 'Men' and these includes Men from other religions too. I hope you made a typo-failure. Today Dawn has also published an article about the fate of Rape victims in India. Could you share your thoughts on it. I will not try to defend my Religion before you because that seems to me useless but I would like to tell you that Islam ordered every Men and Women to seek Education on equal basis. There are many Verses in Quran and many Hadiths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him).
A J Khan
October 22, 2012 2:21 pm
Everyone must take up arms for self protection. police is worthless, other discouraged by the courts
October 22, 2012 11:25 am
Old habits die hard,Taliban's included. When will Muslims ever learn to treat women like human beings?
October 22, 2012 1:03 pm
Malala is just the beginning. We, Pakistanis need to learn "non-violent protest" against such atrocities and threats. The assumption that non-violent protests are not effective, than they should look at those who stayed under water neck deep in the Narmada to protest for 14 days. Non- violent protests can be intense and effective.
October 23, 2012 10:44 am
When I typed Muslim, I meant it and typed it right spelling.
October 22, 2012 3:29 pm
Pakistan has produced some very brave women, from Fatima Jinnah to Benazir Bhutto, from Arfa Karim to Malala Yousufzai. All these women stood up for Women’s rights in Pakistan, and created a positive and strong image of Pakistan on world stage. Today another brave young Pakistani girl, Hina Khan, is under threat for standing strong and raising her voice against Taliban atrocities. We have seen the whole world, including Pakistanis from all sections of the society, stand up against these ruthless attacks especially on Malala just recently. Now the TTP cowards have sent threats against Hina, too. It is time for all to stand together and protect the little “Malalas” and “Hinas” all over the world. The message to the terrorists should be unanimous from all sections of society: we won’t tolerate this anymore. Capt. Joseph Kreidel DET-United States Central Command www.centcom.mil/ur
October 22, 2012 3:30 pm
Also Pandey google this key word "India's children suffer in brutal conditions"
P Setra
October 24, 2012 4:25 am
Pakistan is over 20% behind India in literacy. Catching up with India would be impossible, not to talk about the developed world, under such circumstances.
October 22, 2012 3:37 pm
this may be someone who has personal enmity with you people, and taking advantage by using the name of Taliban, or it may be someone who wants to marry your daughter, but you do not like it, so he is using this technique to pressurize you, which is common in our society.
October 23, 2012 10:42 am
The number of thumbs up I have received for that post seems to suggest that I am on the dot about my perceptions,doctor.
October 23, 2012 10:42 am
It might have been established that Mr Pandey is Indian, but honestly I have no clue how on earth Mr Azhar and AK knew that; and that is the very core of our societal problems. Could a Pandey not possibly be Pakistani without necessarily being Hindu, Muslim, Parsi or whatever he chooses to be?
October 22, 2012 3:11 pm
Does he need people census to go after terrorists, culprits? Why don't they ask for census when they do corruption, nepotism, cronyism etc etc ...
Ali Akbar
October 22, 2012 3:47 pm
Ali Akbar. The Savior is Greatest than Killer-The Almighty ALLAH! May ALLAH save and Guard Ms Hina from the wrath of Infidels. Ameen
October 23, 2012 4:52 pm
Very interesting take,indeed. I like it very much and appreciate it!
October 22, 2012 4:02 pm
You do have a point. Women are indeed not too well off in India too. Dowry is indeed a black eye for the Indian society. Female infanticide is also a harsh reality. Crimes against women are rampant. But I still think Indian women are better off than women in Pakistan. I hope you know that village girls from male chauvinist regions like Haryana and Rajasthan have been winning medals at Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and even Olympics in games like wrestling boxing and weight lifting. Women in high flying corporate positions are quite common. I can suggest a litmus test to decide which country treats its women better. Let us just wait and see if Sania Mirza opts to change her nationality. If she does, it means women are better off in Pakistan.
October 24, 2012 5:08 am
October 22, 2012 4:11 pm
Dear Mr Khan you are right the children are bright but the Politicians lack vision and honesty. and corrupt to the highest degree but what is shocking our people still welcome these politicians as heros when they arrange JALSA etc. SO our prople also needs to accept the truth that we are part of the problem. May ALLAH lead us to the right path. (Aameen)
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:26 pm
"Don’t they know that uneducated women cannot educate their children?" That is a good point. They cannot help their children with school work.
October 23, 2012 8:03 pm
Wrong Mr.Jerry!
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:53 pm
I think that would be Crush the Taliban.
Anil Joseph
October 24, 2012 6:14 am
If only Pakistan had taken a principled approach of not supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan 1990's, such threats would not be faced by Pakistan society today. One can always argue that Afghan Taliban are 'good' and Pakistan Taliban 'bad', but the fact that is both are a menace to modern society and Pakistan should have thought before imposing these barbarians on the Afghan. What Pakistan is facing today is a taste of their own medicine
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:50 pm
Taliban Bad.
October 24, 2012 5:23 am
Please reference this law.
October 23, 2012 6:47 pm
Another taliban sympathiser trying to confuse people. See this is their weapon of confusing people. His ideas will change when taliban come looking for women in his family.
October 23, 2012 6:46 pm
How do you suggest this be done?
October 24, 2012 2:21 am
This is your opinion. You can make up your opinion. That is your right. But not the right to make up facts. What you state has no basis in truth...but hateful propaganda.
Mariam jan
October 24, 2012 7:26 am
The entire super atom world is trying to crash Taliban but they are failed
October 22, 2012 7:45 pm
All people should stand together against the EVIL FORCE OF TALIBAN (enemy of Islam enemy of Muslims), take military action against Taliban and smash them forever.
Iftikhat Malik
October 22, 2012 6:20 pm
I hate to say this you are right. Pray five times and kill the future of our generation by keeping the women illeterate. Keep makiing children because Allah promised to provide. Allah also provided brain to use. I hate to see all the pictures of small kids suffering malnutrion. Allah gave us means to help ourselves not a promise to feed ever child coward men bring to the world. The attack on Malala should have caused a swift and decisive action by Pakistanis that no one could dare to hurt Pakistani children boys or girls. We are the Pakistanis who believe Prophet Mohammad really wanted education for men and women even they have to go to China. There were no muslims in China at that time. I wish Muslims start using their brain and learn how to help themselves instead of handouts.
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:27 pm
All of them.
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:28 pm
That's about right.
October 23, 2012 1:52 pm
Try it with your daughter but I will keep my safe I don't trust our government. What our government has done for us, till new faces come and play a positive role I would rather wait and keep my kids safe this it he only sensible thing to do. Cowboys and Indians look very good in the movies but in real world only the smart survive.
October 22, 2012 11:16 pm
why don't you ask the talibans, they are not far away anyways, they come as they please and go when thy want to. let's face it, they have support in this country othrewise the "badmashi" they show would have never existed.
Iftikhar Malik
October 22, 2012 6:36 pm
Shame on Talibans who are cowards to attack small girls and want dark future for the Muslims. They use the latest technology but do not bother to educate themselves or their children. Don't they know that uneducated women cannot educate their children? I fail to see why Islam has to stay in the dark ages when it promised to bring brightness in the world. I am sure Prophet Mohammad still would have wanted our boys and girls to go to China or anywhere in the world to get education. Why fight against our own Prophet's words?
Cyrus Howell
October 23, 2012 6:20 pm
Politics is half Luck and half Guessing Game. That is why the powerful try to fix elections. Imran was caught gambling.
October 22, 2012 6:13 pm
Maybe it is time for daughters to run the country while the sons take the backseat.?
October 23, 2012 2:01 pm
What happen to her ? where is she? Zardari is alive and well but Bibijee is gone again you are getting blinded by the politicians you server. Start using your head and protect your Kids.
October 22, 2012 11:07 am
The lives activists, especially the ones talking about women are threatened day in and day out! sadly, one incident is condemned and them we forget till the next incident happens!
October 22, 2012 7:54 pm
PPP, ANP, ML(Q/N) IMRAN KHAN, MULLAHS all are hiding like cowerds, their own daughters life is more important then Malala, when will we learn????
Jan Mohamad
October 22, 2012 1:05 pm
Yes, Govt should provide security To miss Hina family, but I think that providing security to some individuals or families is impossible for any govt. Govt, Civil Societies, Political and religious parties and country intelligence agencies and entire nation should come forward and decide how to eliminate militancy and terrorism in the country. Yesterday Malala, today Hina and tomorrow may be other x y z. enough is enough.
Ravindra sanap
October 23, 2012 12:51 am
The attack on Malala Yousufzai has been widely publicized. Every media around the world has a story. Thousands of young Hindu girls has been abducted and forcedly converted to Islam in Pakistan and there is no media coverage or protest. The case of Rinkle Kumari is the only one has surfaced because Rinkle Kumari chose to speak up. She has been denied justice by the Pakistani’s highest court, the politicians are letting Mian mithoo , the Goons involved in the kidnapping of many young Hindu girls. Her cry for justice has fell on deaf ears. She has been forced to marry a Muslim guy. She has been denied to see her parents. The Pakistani justice system has declined to render justice because she is a Hindu. Why is the case of abduction and forced conversion into Islam of Rinkle Kumari, and other Hindu girls in Pakistan was not given the same publicity?.
Dr mustafa Shaikh
October 23, 2012 1:05 am
2 million
October 22, 2012 11:13 pm
Make more girls and educate them. The educated girl child will change the family and in turn change the country for the better
October 23, 2012 12:56 am
It means most of the muslems have nothing to do with Islam, Right mr. Azhar?
Satyameva Jayate
October 23, 2012 1:17 am
Very depressing indeed. The key to when this will change lies with the people of Pakistan, not the government, not the military.
October 23, 2012 6:04 pm
They don't come across correctable. Not even close!
October 23, 2012 1:56 pm
Another topi drama projected by Media to fool innocent people of Pakistan. Another diversion by PPP regime
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