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Malala Yousufzai sok daa?

Published Oct 10, 2012 04:56pm


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At 14, she is more courageous than I or Ghulam Ahmad Bilour will ever be. The Minister for Railways caved in recently to the Taliban to have his name struck from the Taliban's hit list. Malala Yousafzai, however, stared down the Taliban until the very moment they shot her in the head yesterday.

While I write to express my disgust with the extremists from the safe confines of a Canadian suburb, Malala and her father stood their ground in Mingora even when the city fell to the Taliban. And while the Taliban destroyed girls' schools in the Swat region, Malala, then only 11 years old, emerged as the most articulate and forceful voice for education in Pakistan. Today she lies in a hospital bed fighting for her life.

As the armed men forcibly stopped and boarded Malala’s school bus, she must have known all along that the militants had come for her. I can't begin to imagine what she must have felt when the militants asked the driver to identify her (Malala Yousufzai sok daa?). While one militant held a pistol to the driver's head, the other walked up to Malala and shot her in the forehead. Two other girls were also shot in the attack.

It was not very long ago when she spoke to the New York Times while the Taliban were busy establishing their rule in the Swat valley.  The Taliban forbade schooling for girls in Swat. Malala and her classmates attended school in disguise as they hid their books in their clothes. Such dedication for education is unheard of in the world. Defying acid attacks and bullets, Malala and other young girls continued to attend school until it was no longer possible.  "I will get my education if it is at home, school, or any place," she said.

This is not the first time in Pakistan that a bus was stopped and civilians were removed and shot at. The only difference is that those killed on the roadside in the past were Shias.  For years, Taliban and their sympathizers have stopped buses along the Tal-Parachinar Road and removed Shia passengers to either murder or kidnap them for ransom. Recently, Taliban and their sympathisers have executed several dozen Shias in Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan region after removing them from buses.

Why is that the State and the society have largely remained silent on the wanton murder of the Shias and other religious minorities in Pakistan? Why is that Imran Khan, Jamat-i-Islami or other religious outfits in Pakistan have never embarked on a long march for the plight of Shias and other victims of sectarian violence? I would argue that had the State and the society acted with resolve against sectarian violence in the past, the extremists would not have felt so invincible as to target an unarmed 14-year old girl in broad daylight.

Pakistan has done a poor job looking after its children. The physical, mental, and sexual abuse of children is widespread in Pakistan. Add to this the food and other insecurities brought about by economic turmoil in the country that is likely to cause stunted growth in the future generations. The attack on Malala is further proof of the fact that the life and welfare of the youth is not safe in Pakistan.

Who is Malala Yousufzai?

As her attackers asked in Pushto who is Malala Yusufzai (Malala Yousufzai sok daa?), they obviously did not know her or of her. Let me answer this question for anyone who wants to know. Malala is what Taliban will never be. She is fearless, enlightened, articulate, and a young Muslim woman who is the face of Pakistan and the hope for a faltering nation that can no longer protect its daughters.


Murtaza Haider, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of research and graduate programs at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. He can be reached by email at


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Iftikhar Husain Oct 12, 2012 11:14am
I appreciate your kind thoughts how right you are when you have written these lines cogratulations.
xyz Oct 12, 2012 08:39am
What happened to Malala is very sad but even sadder is the fact that Taliban still operates. It continues to threaten her life and in extension to that of ours as Malala did not just speak for herself but on behalf of all of us. So what are they going to do next? Take aim at every person walking the streets of Pakistan and then the world. At times I dislike reading print media as it feels like just a whole bunch of talk. But then we are talking and these talks are catching velocity. If Pakistan does not muster up the courage to thwart the beast in it's belly, only memories of it's people will remain.
raja Oct 10, 2012 12:47pm
RAJA SABIR FROM HOJRA NAWAZ SHARI NEAR QUASID I AZAM UNIVERSITY,IBD it is very heart breaking news about the cowardice attack on Mala,no doubt she is a ray of hope courage for Pakistani women especially female students,The incident also exposed the hollow claim of government on security control and maintaining the peace in Swat.We extremely condemn the assault on innocent Pakistani female student and pray for quick recovery of her health.
Well Wisher Oct 10, 2012 11:39am
It's time for Pakistan people to choose what kind of country they want. This brave 14 year old has shown the way. Hope she recovers fully and leads a better life somewhere else.
Jamal Oct 11, 2012 03:29am
I have to see if Imran khan and other Islamic parties go on a long march for not only malala but for countless Shia and other minorities who are ruthlessly killed by these barbaric monsters who do this in the name of islam
Suhail Oct 10, 2012 06:26pm
Why Imran Khan only? Why not Zardaris, Altafs, Nawazs and Fazlurs of the world? And while at it, where is the nation wide rage that NFP is talking about in his article on Dawn today?
Dinakaran Oct 11, 2012 11:39am
Will you able to transcribe the poem in Roman alphabets for people who can understand Urdu but cannot read it ?
Shireen Singh Oct 11, 2012 04:15am
I think my heart broke today. The more I look at that beautiful idealistic face the more enraged I get. That little girl represents freedom of speech for me. What are we without it? Absolutely nothing. Malala will beget many Malalas...and so it goes. This was a big defeat for the Taliban. You cannot kill a voice. You cannot kill a view. And you most certainly cannot kill courage.
Anwar Saeed Oct 10, 2012 12:00pm
Brave Girl you are proud of the nation and your struggle will make history for the people in future. we members of civil society are deeply shocked and pray for your health and life . May Allah give you a new life . Always praying for you.
AHA Oct 10, 2012 04:40pm
I hope you have some room for me too in your cave. BTW, It is actually 180 million people (not 18 million).
Syed Oct 10, 2012 09:04pm
Not only to Islam, but to the humanity as a whole.
raj Oct 10, 2012 04:39pm
I pray for your full recovery.
Chaman Oct 10, 2012 04:37pm
Dear Malla, we know you are a very brave young girl and you will pull through. The whole of the world is praying for you and in awe of your fight for a cause that affects women in many countries. Hope the perpetrators of this heinious attack realize how blind and misguided they are.
johar Oct 11, 2012 04:34am
Malala our ONLY HOPE, beacon of courage and struggle a single person army against the most brutal barbarians, wake up and fight as you are a born fighter, show them the evil that its days has been counted and we will not tolerate further brutalities of ignorance and heartlessness, God bless you Get WELL SOON wake us up from the long hibrenation of ignorance and apathy we are waiting
Tariq Sardar Oct 11, 2012 03:54am
No longer i can conceal my sorrow, pain and disgust. This barbaric act against a young innocent girl is heartbreaking. Anyone supporting these people can not be consider a Musalmaan
Ankahi Baatein Oct 10, 2012 10:49am
Another shameful attempt to taint the real face of Islam! Malala may not survive the cowardly attempt at her life but she shall live on in every educated and sensitive Pakistani's heart! And the torch of fighting illiteracy that she has lit will keep on burning..... Malala your mission will not die!!!
AM Oct 11, 2012 06:42am
I am just disgusted, angry and sad. I am afraid to see what type of future will be there for our daugthers.These people have managed to kill the Malala we all knew as they went for her brain. Who will be the girl after/ if she wakes up, only time will tell.
AHA Oct 10, 2012 10:57am
@Osman - What a wonderful and logical explanation. Hats off to you.
Syed Oct 10, 2012 08:55pm
You can be that first person. I am in Australia at the moment and unable to travel, otherwise I could have joined you. Shall we give a date and time - Mr arm chair pundit, sitting in a drawing room. I bet you can start a caravan.
Shahid Latif Oct 10, 2012 12:27pm
Every day senseless killings in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan are sad news. But an attempt on Mala's life? Who are you people? Whom do you represent?
Mandar J (Mumbai) Oct 10, 2012 08:32pm
she is next generation Benazir... god bless her...
ROHIT PANDEY Oct 11, 2012 09:34am
Exquisite courage without any doubt at all!!!
meela Oct 10, 2012 10:59am
We wish you quick recovery. Malala you are our proud and a precious asset of our country. get well soon we are all with you.
ROHIT PANDEY Oct 11, 2012 09:23am
Rare courage,indeed.
Syed Oct 10, 2012 08:59pm
Giving a bad name to the Muslims? I believe they are giving a bad name to all the human beings or may I say to all the living beings. Even the most vicious of the germs don't attack their own kind.
PRABHAT RANJAN BIHAR Oct 12, 2012 05:04am
Nadia Shoaib Oct 10, 2012 11:19am
Dear Malala, We pray that your recover from your injuries soon.We are with you & we are proud of you. Keep up the good work.May Allah Almighty help you all the way. Thanks for being a ray of hope in such crucial times. Thanks Alot again.May Allah Almighty bless you.
Zahid Gix Oct 11, 2012 05:51am
Sir, When it comes to militancy in Pakistan, 'Protection' for general public against the militants/terrorists is a big, the whole nation is divided on whether to call the talibans, terrorists or holy warriors. We have failed to develop a consensus on whether to oppose the hardline terrorists or call them a force that is fighting for the supremacy of islam.
Fahad Oct 11, 2012 07:45am
actually Imran Khan did condemn the Taliban on previous issues. on the Shia plight he asked the CJ to take notice of issues such as the Shia Killing and form a judicial Inquiry
Ajit Kumar Oct 11, 2012 07:12am
Malala get well soon! The world will be a poorer place without you. We will pray for her speedy recovery. Murthaza Haider, you said it all wonderfully.
Keen Observer Oct 10, 2012 01:03pm
What a girl, where are those parents who raised this girl. Bravo to her and her parents. As for taliban, what else do we need to see, before we start looking at the real problem. Its Taliban, its extremism.
Ghazi Oct 10, 2012 01:01pm
Excellent article! Malala is exactly what Murtaza described her to be. I would like to add that this should be a wake up call for our nation. We stood up and protested against the film that negatively portrayed Muhammad (S.A.W). I hope this nation will stand up for Malala as well and protest against the Taliban. That is the true test.
Naveed Oct 10, 2012 01:00pm
I hope you recover fully. I pray for you. I hope you continue your brave efforts and one day you lead Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell Oct 11, 2012 01:24pm
"The horrible backwardness in which some nations live is the inevitable result of their refusal to accept this abundance of Western ideas and visions while taking refuge in denial and arrogance." They do drive our SUVs though.
Ravi Oct 11, 2012 12:33am
Pakistanis are so vocal or even violent on badly made film or false case of blasphemy on a christian girl. But when an innocent is asking for right to education which is given to her by allah through holy quran, which clearly states that all muslims should seek knowledge, everybody including muslim clerics are silent spectators to this injustice. Whoever is forcing girls not to seek knowledge are doing highest form of blasphemy by directly challenging holy quran. Pakistanis have to have their own conscience too rather than following religious clerics blindly and disturb peace and harmony on any issues which clerics think to be right to protest. Clerics are afraid of talibans, they are not as brave as this 14 year girl to stand for justice. everybody should support her fight.
Saman Oct 10, 2012 05:16pm
is newyork times blocked since the link above says so
Manu Oct 11, 2012 09:46am
I have a gut feeling that this is a turning point in Pakistan. The fact that so many people have unanimously condemned this and that no one has given some kind of religious twist to it is very positive. May God bless this beautiful young girl.
The Scarecrow Oct 11, 2012 10:54pm
Hopefully she gets back to 100% and becomes an inspiration to people around the world, as she has been for me. I'd love for her to visit Vancouver and give a speech. We need to hear from her. First things first though. Her health.
Shahid Latif Oct 10, 2012 12:30pm
I join you in praying for Malala. May Allah keep her and her family safe
sikandar Oct 11, 2012 09:07am
taliban's cruel face is revealed again ...first of all she is a minor , than a girl , how on earth you can treat her like that never happens in India....pakistan has to progress else the country will always be classified as backward ( in europe and india , people think it's backward as it is) .
Cyrus Howell Oct 10, 2012 12:21pm
"The hope for a faltering nation." Yes. President Obama authorized the $2 billion in aid because he believes Pakistan is a failing nation. The money goes to Pakistan in hopes the government can right the ship of state. There is no other reason for the money than to prevent the Taliban obtaining Pakistans atomic weapons.
Uzma Oct 11, 2012 08:47am
Hats off to the writer of this article, as he has darely un-veiled the cruel face of our dead behaviours. May Allah Bless us all & guide us toward right path & atleast enough courage to speak THE TRUTH & face THE REALITY like Malala Yousufzai did....
awakening Oct 11, 2012 08:39am
we need to eradicate this menace of TTP, they are biggest enemies of Pakistan, every pakistani should contribute in eradicating these people from the earth, we should create a fund to proect pakistan and pakistani from this menace of TTP...... now right now.. enough is enough
vijay, chennai, India Oct 11, 2012 08:35am
For me Malala is "Mala" - a garland full of jasmine and roses. Let her courage spread every where like the scent of these flowers
INDIAN Oct 12, 2012 04:37am
Wake up Pakistan... Terrorism is a double edged sword. Bullets hiting either innocent brave girl in pakistan or innocent people in Mumbai, both brings out blood and misery
Fawad K Oct 10, 2012 09:49pm
I salute the parents who brought up a daughter like Malala.
Shankar Oct 10, 2012 10:32am
This act of Taliban is sub-human. Taliban has brought so much bad image to Islam!
Imran Oct 10, 2012 09:56pm
I agree with you John. You will see a kind of self assurance by mentioning 'muslim' or 'ummah' or 'islam as a precursor. We Pakistanis have to wear it on our sleeve all the time maybe because we are insecure about our faith. Every other sentence has to have a reference to an arabic term and Allah.
aaa Oct 10, 2012 10:30am
May God be with her in her hour of need.
akhter husain Oct 10, 2012 10:22am
Your plea with the cat to hand over the milk will be ignored.
a a khan Oct 11, 2012 11:29am
When I heard the news I cried, I am 60 years old and with a lovely daughter. Malala please dont leave us, I am sorry we could not protect as we should have. We Allah grant you health,happines and abeautiful life. Very well written Murtaza Haider.
yarana Oct 10, 2012 10:15am
I have never felt so much ANGER in my life before (TALIBAN = DESTRUCTION OF PAKISTAN)
akhter husain Oct 10, 2012 10:13am
Question is valid,Mallala is a human being after all.and be seen as such.
Gautam Oct 10, 2012 10:03am
Hello Osman, you are one sensible Pakistani. Look around you're probably the only one!
Abdullah Oct 10, 2012 09:58am
May she live a long life to shine her light in the times of darkness. Taleban has been doing this in Afghanistan for the last 15 yrs and stop using them as strategic assets since Frankenstein is coming your way.
Raj Oct 10, 2012 09:47am
I am from Bangalore India ...I have a daughter of this girls Age .I see my daughter in her very sad this poor innocent good looking daring child has to suffer . May GOD give her long life we are with you child ..fight these devils and win
Akram Oct 10, 2012 09:42am
words of condemnation are not enough, we should make sure everyone in Public life should report what they know about this incident. someone somewhere knows who these 2 men were. they must be handed over. Words are cheap, actions speak louder than words. I mean in particular the Islamic parties, someone knows something. If they choose not to hand over these 2 and whoever ordered the killing. then they are as guilty as the beghairat killers themselves.
Faiza Arif, Beaconhouse School System Oct 10, 2012 05:07pm
I wish Allah cure Malala Yousaf Zai and give her health. The present and the up coming generation should take this incident as a lesson, they should work hard and they should aim to work for their country's betterment, development and success.
baakhlaq Oct 10, 2012 09:38am
Malala, your only fault is that you are forward looking you want to remove hatred and obscurantism,how the forces of darkness can allow you this,
virani Oct 10, 2012 09:24am
Osman Siddiqi Oct 10, 2012 09:07am
I think the importance in highlighting that trait here is because some large group of people associate Islamic attributes with the TTP. They considered Malala to be against Islamic attributes as they are perceived by the TTP (she is secular, promoting education in women, etc). Identifying Malala's identity as Islamic helps mitigate the tarnishing effect the words of the TTP can have on Islam's image itself and on what Islam says about women's rights.
derawal39 Oct 10, 2012 08:39am
I fully agree with S Khan. I am wondering what the biggest apologist of Taliban Mr. Imran Khan has to say about this, is he still thinking of "appropriate words" to defend them? For once speak up man!
Ebraheem Khan Oct 10, 2012 06:18pm
I dont say that Malalai is a special case. Any one from swat or FATA or Baluchistan can be Malalai. She is given the hype by Media. She is a simple school going girl. Her father Zia ud din is a journalist and also the principal of Khushal Public School Mingora. He is also a member of Global Peace swat chapter. I have not met Malalai or Zia uddin, neither i am a true believer in the media sensation created by Electronic media. However i would say that she should have been projected as a comman pakistani. I dont think she deserve such hype or fanfare. It is not Malalai who speaks but behind the screen is the jounalist Zia ud din. A kid at swat does not speak so eloquently as a journalist. The launch of Malalai from Swat requires projection, and that cannot be done without support from media or journalistic back ground. Every one can be Malalai if launched at proper trajectory, at proper scale and station. Be Objective.
Umar Oct 10, 2012 07:14pm
Taliban have no honor, no self respect, they are cowards and murders. They have no place in our country, we want them out. They our are biggest threat we should declare all out war on them and finish them off for good of humanity and Islam.
Mahgul Oct 10, 2012 08:18am
May Allah give a healthy life to Malala... Allah is Great, Taliban's bullet power is nothing in front of Allah's blessing. As they attacked, its Taliban's defeat that Alhamdolillah she is alive and would InSha Allah recover soon. Big Shame for the attackers.
Raw is War Oct 10, 2012 04:58pm
brave girl.
Saad Oct 10, 2012 08:13am
It is time for the Pakistani politicians to learn a few basic moral values from a 14 year old child. How we see their materialism and hunger for power on every step. A 14 year girl is teaching you what is courage and true purpose of life! Take a hint! May God bless her
Raheel Adnan Oct 10, 2012 08:12am
Inhumane! No words are enough to condemn such a brutal act (brutal, they had always been). Such are the times when law and order situation in Pakistan aches the most.
Ahmed Saeed Oct 10, 2012 08:05am
Very bad it was a slap on Paktun culture. Pakhtuns have started attacking the women folk and innocent children like Malalai.
Mustafa Kamal Oct 10, 2012 07:58am
All hails Malala, The Iron-Lady of our times.
Imtiaz Oct 10, 2012 07:57am
When we see this type of action by the Taliban; drones start to look rather attractive. 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! Taliban are 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 fundamentalism. That is why they have accepted the responsibility. 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.
Punjabi Jatt Oct 10, 2012 07:50am
A child like Malala is a rare gift from Khudah to Pakistan. She is a child with such rare courage that it leaves all of us in awe and amazement. We all wish her a speedy recovery. Malala has become Pakistan's 'Joan of Arc'.
Syed Oct 10, 2012 07:51am
Nori, you thought she was shot for being an atheist?
deva Oct 10, 2012 07:49am
yes that's the core issue, in Pakistan everyone looks everything from relligious angle..Relligion should be internal and personal.
Dhirendra Oct 10, 2012 07:46am
Socked to hear it...... My name is Dhirendra Jha. I am from Bihar, India. Taliban is strong and big enemy of Pakistan democracy. People has to unite and fight against them. My best wishes for Malala Yusufzai that she will be recovered soon. GOD will definitely protect them. Get well soon. Keep good work up SISTER Whole india with you & Pray for you, you are the inspiration for all of us. Rgds
deva Oct 10, 2012 07:46am
I am just thinking what will happen once american leave Afganistan..these guys will become nightmare for female polulation..Hope she recover soon and god give courage to fight with these Talibani who wants to implement Sharia law.
NORI Oct 10, 2012 07:41am
Murtaza saab, quick question. While describing Malala at the end of the article as "She is fearless, enlightened, articulate, and a young Muslim woman", I don't understand why do you add the word 'Muslim' ? I don't see such religious adjective else where. For e.g. while describing Abraham Lincoln, one can see several adjectives such as brave, astute, humane etc but not "Christian". Nevertheless, a good article and my salute to Malala for her exemplary bravery.
Salim Kazim Oct 10, 2012 07:36am
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
pakistani Oct 10, 2012 07:32am
May God give courage like Malala to our leaders.....
Zeeshan Oct 10, 2012 10:45am
I am reading the news again and again and just cry.
Ranjan Oct 10, 2012 07:28am
As a father of a 14 year old girl - I find it hard to control my tears. Wish her speedy recovery from India.
S khan Oct 10, 2012 07:18am
Very well written, these are cowards, faceless animals. You talk to humans to resolve issues, Not with animals.people like Ghulam Ahmad Bilour are Cowards, who are looking for apologies from Taliban for issuing head monies. Would he move forward and also put head money on cowards, who did this inhuman act!! I doubt it, as Bilour and leadership of most religious parties are Hippocrates and Cowards. Would Imran khan March against this Manice, I doubt it. S
Sajid Ali Oct 10, 2012 07:11am
We wish her a quick recovery.
Noorani Oct 10, 2012 07:04am
It is hoping against hope for any betterment in living a life in Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell Oct 11, 2012 01:33pm
I totally agree. People want a clean life.
Sanjay Singh Oct 10, 2012 06:13pm
If this girl is a face of new pakistan, then paksitan will set a good example that how a muslim country should be...much much better than UAE and other islamic countries
Waseem Oct 10, 2012 02:53pm
Thanks God, not all the Pakistanis are like me -- hiding in safe caves. There are some Malalas who have the will and courage to change the plight 18 million people. I wish her back on track soon.
arinder Oct 10, 2012 05:49pm
me being an indian pray for this girl .Not only me everyone is praying for her all over the world.My fellow brother of pakiastan is this what you want for your kids ?do something to same you mother land from taliban .PLEASE DO SOMETHING :(
karim Oct 10, 2012 02:58pm
There are still utterly heartless people who condemn Malala and defend Taliban !!!
donna thomas (@datagirl66) Oct 12, 2012 07:46am
Malala Yousufzai, prayers that you recover, the world needs you.
n.qureshi Oct 10, 2012 03:05pm
praying for her.i hope imran khan has the guts now to condemn the taliban.
anwar Oct 10, 2012 03:19pm
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. 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....
Ahmed Khan Oct 10, 2012 06:07pm
There is nothing wrong with Pakistanis and Pakistan in general. Just get rid of the so-called "Talibans" and extremism, and the blasphemy laws, and you will find that Pakistan will flower!
john Oct 10, 2012 12:10pm
young Muslim woman, why do want to state the religion every time you pakistanis want to describe a person, if your society want to change start from here,
nawazkhan Oct 11, 2012 08:55pm
me dua karta ho ke insha allah malala jald as jald theek ho jae
Anand Oct 11, 2012 06:33pm
She wasn't shot for being a Muslim, I can tell you that.
Rehana Oct 10, 2012 06:06pm
Hats off to the bravery of Malala and her parents. But this barbarism in the name of Islam will not stop until our famous "religious" leaders not give clear cut statements about those who accepted the responsibility of attacking the Muslim girl.
Suren Singh Sahni Oct 11, 2012 07:37am
M H. You have summed of the feelings of whole humanity who are praying for health.
Ahmed Oct 10, 2012 11:04am
You think the taliban who shot her was thinking of tainting the real face of Islam? He was doing what he had been taught by some molvi is Islam!
Gulshan Oct 10, 2012 06:45pm
They ARE Pakistani Muslims, fathered by Zia Hauq Idealogy. They represent the true face of what Pakistan has become. Because the good Pakistanis are too coward to speak against the hatred these Mullahs are spreading to promote their brand of Islam.
KKRoberts Oct 10, 2012 03:45pm
One is just wondering why very few girls/women are reading and responding to this open article!!. This little brave girl has brought all so called men to their knees!!.What a courage!.You showed how to fight without hurting anybody.Bravo!.
Ali Saif Oct 11, 2012 10:26am
And then people will blame this kid for talking in favor of the western world, how ironic! At least they know how to take care of their children.
abdul narayan Oct 10, 2012 04:12pm
Malala i humbly salute you.You are special.You are the great hope of pakistan and india.
Abida Rahmani Oct 10, 2012 07:26pm
I wrote a short poem on her which I'll post here: ????? ???? ?? ?? ??? ?? ??? ? ??? ?? ???? ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?? ?? ?? ????? ??? ???? ???? ???? ??? ??? ???? ?? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ??? ???? ?? ?? ???? ?? ????? ????? ??? ???? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ?????????? ??? ????? ?? ???? ???? ???? ????? ????? ??? ?? ?? ???? ?? ??? ?? ?? ??? ???? ???? ??? ???? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ????? ??? ???? ??? ????? ?? ???? ?? ?? ?????? ???? ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?? ??????? ?????? ???? ??? ????? ??????
Mumtaz.Rizvi Oct 11, 2012 08:02am
Excellent article Sir, but i am sure neither imran khan nor jamat-e islami or pml(n) will ever go for peace march against taliban. their sympathy with Malala is just an ostentation as they have never ever come-up with any clear codemnation against taliban instead imran khan was helding u.s responsible for this attack,I dont know wether to call it his innocence or deep devotion to taliban when Imran Khan stated in his press conference that once u.s would withdraw from afghanistan everything will be alright !!!
Feroz Oct 10, 2012 01:48pm
I hope the inspiration shown by Malala will make a marked impact and the younger generation throws up Malala like souls in the thousands. Those attempting to push Pakistan into the stone age must be repelled in every way possible. Malala, the entire world is praying for your speedy recovery.
Javaid Ahmed Oct 11, 2012 07:47am
I believe the worst is still to come. 90% of Pakistani muslims share, at the core, the same ideology as the Taliban ... only they do not manifest it like the Taliban. Inside Universities, in offices, on the media, in the streets they all believe that to kill anyone perceived different is comanded in their Book and indeed often cite it. Schools, colleges, Universities and the Media are all an integral part of the degenerative process in society at large. For the trend to reverse, a major reform in our belief sets will be required. The current beliefs sets are primarily based on an illusion of paradise.
Maqbool Ahmed Oct 11, 2012 02:14am
I hope Malala recovers fast we pray Allah for her speedy recovery .Hope nothing Happens to her she is our future. I s there any body who can stop those who are hurting and killing innocent kids like Malala.our prayers are with you.Inshallah you will be all right.....Maqbool Ahmed Parlin New jersey...USA
Gerry D'Cunha Oct 10, 2012 01:50pm
in my opinion, the talibans are working and fulfilling the task which the enemies of islam cannot do - let me be precise, 'bad name to islam' which the majority muslims believe is a peaceful religion.
Ayesha Qazi Oct 11, 2012 02:09am
Inshallah May Allah bless her with long,inspiring and beautiful life inshallah and May evey girl of Pakistan be like Malala.....
Razza Oct 11, 2012 05:23am
Imran has condemned this heinous act just like all of us and other political leaders. No one is in his right mind can be defending Taliban here. The fact is 8 years of Drone attacks and fighting someone else
Ali shah Oct 10, 2012 12:46pm
Another excellent writing by Murtaza bhai. May Allah bless you with more courage and determination to highlight the plight of muslims in Pakistan and throughout the world. Special salam to you.
Ayesha Qazi Oct 11, 2012 02:08am
They are Barbarians .....not Humans.....:((
mahavir Oct 11, 2012 01:42am
John, You are talking to a wall. the country's existence was based on relegion. How can you take away that? By the way I am an Indian and I know it.
mahavir Oct 11, 2012 01:35am
Who are talibans? Ai'nt they students of Islam/Sharia? Ai'nt they following S.arabia? Why hate them? should'nt one look at the root cause?
Ayesha Qazi Oct 11, 2012 02:01am
Now she is a true Mujahida and a true picture of what a beautiful Muslim girl is supposed to be.....Brave & Strong in her faith and in her believes......and her spirit.....May every girl in Pakistan is blessed with the same spirit as hers....Inshallah .....Ya Allah please give her complete recovery and a long successful life please we need her
Hyder Oct 12, 2012 01:00am
Education! more education!! is the need of the hour.. freedom of thought , freedom of speech, freedom of religion, protecting the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the minorities ... only then will make Pakistan a respected nation.... long way to go... but one small step by Malala a giant step for Pakistan???????? Seize the moment NOW
S Kumar Oct 11, 2012 02:36am
Malala is the symbol of suppressed humanity in the world. A brave but very fragile sane voice in the midst of insanity, which needs to be suppressed to protect male dominance in the society.