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PM, president, political leaders condemn Taliban attack on Malala

Published Oct 09, 2012 05:46pm


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Malala Yousufzai, is moved to a helicopter – Photo by AFP
Malala Yousufzai, is moved to a helicopter – Photo by AFP

Various Political leaders and public office bearers, including the president, the prime minister and other parliamentarians condemned the attack of Taliban on National Peace Award winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a school van, carrying Pakistan's youngest Peace Award winner Malala Yousafzai and directed that the injured children be evacuated to Peshawar for better treatment.

He directed immediate dispatch of a helicopter to evacuate the injured to Peshawar and to investigate the matter, besides providing best possible treatment to the other injured.

PM Ashraf called Malala’s father and expressed concern over the attack.

President Asif Ali Zardari directed the concerned authorities to provide best possible medical assistance to the injured girls.

He said that the terrorists would never be able to shake the resolve of the nation through such dastardly acts and the nation will continue to fight against militants till its logical conclusion.

The United States also denounced Taliban attack. “We strongly condemn the shooting of Malala. Directing violence at children is barbaric, it's cowardly, and our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Parliamentarians in the Lower House of Parliament strongly condemned the attack on Pakistan's Malala and said that terrorist could not succeed in their nefarious designs through such cowardly acts.

They praised Malala for her bravely who stood firmly against menace of terrorism and extremism. They termed assassination bid on her attack on all peace loving people.

ANP chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan and provincial president, Senator Afrsiab Khan Khattak have strongly condemned the attack on National Peace Award winner and have expressed grief and sorrow over the injuring of three girls including the laureate of Tamgha-e-Shujaat, Malala Yousufzai in the incident.

According to a condemnation statement issued here from the Central Media Cell at Bacha Khan Markaz here Tuesday, they said that Malala Yousufzai has rendered matchless services for restoration of peace in Swat and in the recognition of her services the government of Pakistan had conferred Tamgha-e-Shujaat on her. They said that the people could not be demoralized through nefarious activities.

They said that those spreading anarchy and chaos in the country are the enemies of Pakistan and they have no relations with any ideology or religion.

He said that like past nefarious designs for disrupting peace in the country will be foiled in future too.

They appealed the people to remain calm and never quit patience and extend support to the government in the elimination of these enemies of humanity.

Expressing deep sorrow on the incident, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that firing upon innocent students and injuring them was blatant terrorism, and the perpetrators behind this vile act should be swiftly brought to justice, said a statement issued by the MQM here on Tuesday.

Expressing deep sorrow on the incident, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief  Imran Khan, in a statement, said that firing upon innocent students was blatant terrorism and the perpetrators behind this act should be brought to justice.

He said that Malala was working to promote education despite difficult circumstances.

He demanded of the government to take serious notice of the attack and take action against the elements involved in it.

Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and termed it as a coward action of the Taliban.He said that these attacks can not dent the cause for which Malala stood for.

Malala Yousafzai got the attention of the world for encouraging her fellow students to continue their studies despite threats by the militants and extremists before and after the military operation in Malakand Division.

She earned fame by playing a leading role in promoting peace in the restive Swat region through her writing and feature stories.

She was also one of the top-five contenders, from amongst 148 children from all over the world, for the International Peace Prize in South Africa.


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Guest Oct 09, 2012 06:39pm
Politicians condemning this attack is just empty words. If Kayani condemns it and then sends forces after the perpetrators then they might notice. Malala is offering a chance for the country to unite and root out the Taliban but I fear all we will get are words and even those not from everyone.
Tariq Oct 09, 2012 06:29pm
Among all the voices condeming this barbaric act, the one voice conspiciously absent is that of Imran Khan. Goes to show that Khan is nothing more than a demagogue with a dangeriously shallow understanding of the Taliban menace.
S.Alvi Oct 09, 2012 05:59pm
We need to eliminate taleban from Pakistan for any hope of peace and progress.. Talebaans are thugs and barbarians and want to take pakistan to dark ages when women education was not allowed..
Amjad Wyne Oct 09, 2012 09:45pm
Where are all of the Maulanas - Jamat and Jamiat...why aren't they condeming. Don't they have young daughters and grand-daughters at home?
Mazhi Oct 09, 2012 09:52pm
What a two face these politicians are .. one day they support taliban the other day they don't...
Yawar Oct 10, 2012 01:27am
It is truly amazing. The Taliban commit this cowardly act in broad daylight and then have the audacity to arrogantly claim to have done it. And not a single political leader has the courage to name that organization in his condemnation statement.
concern Oct 09, 2012 08:50pm
Can they take TTP out now? What are we waiting for?
Shyam Oct 09, 2012 08:34pm
What you need is not less drones but more of them to take out these taliban.
Human Oct 10, 2012 07:52pm
Just kill each and every taliban. This will create fear among them(because they are cowards) and it will give good and peaceful Pakistan for your kids and grandkids. When looked at the comments in various news articles, everyone is willing to do this except the govt.
Zafar Malik Oct 09, 2012 08:24pm
By attacking Malala and other innocent students, Taliban earned nothing but hate and condemnation from the whole world. Taliban have shown their true face once again, they are just heartless, thugs and brutal criminasl. Malala is a brave daughter of the whole nation who stood up to to these brutes. we are proud of her. I am sure she will survive his oreal.
gaurav, India Oct 10, 2012 06:59am
No politican dares to crticize the Taliban sternly in Pakistan. Everybody is afraid for his/her life. Taliban is a monster which has come to bite its creator.
Masuk Ahmed Oct 10, 2012 05:27am
I was wondering if Pakistanis would be observing a national holiday for what what happened to Malala? but then again religion is more important than a little girl!
Bushra Oct 10, 2012 05:23am
The Mullahs need to come out and condemn this act of terrorism in full force!
Cyrus Howell Oct 10, 2012 05:19am
jsharma1234 Oct 10, 2012 03:58am
This attack shows that TTP are even scared of a 15 yr old girl also.
Radiq Oct 09, 2012 07:02pm
Condemn , Condemn, Condemn !! I am sick of this word. Can't you do some action against TTP. To me Govt. and Army looks coward. They don't have courage to say that's enough TTP. You are done. Pathetic.
Rosalie Oct 09, 2012 08:55pm
Of course this attack is terrible, but what will the government DO about it? The military is wealthy enough. Why can't they protect Pakistan 's children by at least providing security at girls's schools? All the girls who attend schools in defiance of the Taliban are heroes and should be honored and protected. Malala is incredibly brave and wise, a credit to her parents, teachers, and the people of Pakistan. Be proud and keep her safe!
HM, Canada Oct 09, 2012 07:03pm
NO condemnation from Jamat Islami, JUI and Islamist parties... WHY?
mahmood Oct 09, 2012 07:22pm
We, living in USA know things are really bad in Pakistan, but for Talibans to attack a school bus to attempt and kill a young woman for her efforts to bring and keep peace, is the limit of cowardice and ignorance. Please find them and give them their due punishment.
Tom O Connor Oct 09, 2012 06:59pm
At last the people of pakistan will wake up to these violent acts as cowardly.Peace and goodness will prevail as long as morally courageous 14 year girls are prepared to shed their blood for what they believe is right.What an example for global mankind to follow !!!
Jamil Awan Oct 09, 2012 07:28pm
If govt of Pakistan opt to treat her in Rome, It will be a great honor for my family and my self to assist her and provide every sort of comfort. It's really sad what is happening in our homeland, my hearten sympathies are with her parents. God save her and bless her. Jamil Awan
M K S Oct 09, 2012 07:34pm
That kid has got more backbone than all of us put together. We who sit in our drawing rooms and type away on our key borads to condemn these acts and think our duty is done. May she be healthy soon and continue to be the shining light that she is. Malala and your classmates, we owe you girls.
S. Imam Oct 09, 2012 07:49pm
What else these corrupt people could do in a law-less land. They have no power to fight these savages.