Rs10m reward to anyone who identifies Malala’s attackers: Mian Iftikhar

Published: October 10, 2012

Civil society activists carry placards and papers with a photograph of the gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai during a protest rally against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 10, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Civil society activists carry placards and papers with a photograph of the gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai during a protest rally against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 10, 2012. PHOTO: AFP K-P information minister requests all peace-loving people from across the world to pray for Malala's early recovery. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has announced Rs10 million in reward for anyone who identifies the terrorists who attacked 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told the media on Wednesday.

Hussain requested all peace-loving people from across the world to pray for the early recovery of Malala who was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday while she was on her way to home from school.

The minister reiterated that Malala is not being sent abroad for further treatment as the doctors had advised her complete rest for two days.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for attacking Malala and had called her “pro-West”.

Malala began standing up to the Pakistani Taliban when she was just 11, when the government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley where she lives to the militants.

NA, Senate adopt resolution

The National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution against the terrorists and saluted the services and courage of Malala.

“This House salutes the great services of Malala Yousafzai. The entire nation is proud of her and condemns the incident in which Malala was injured along with two fellow students Shazia and Kainaat,” said the resolution.

The House also pledged to continue fighting terrorism till it is rooted out from the country and demanded the government to bear all medical expenses of the injured students and give exemplary punishment to those involved in the attack.

The Senate also passed a unanimous resolution condemning the terrorist attack on Malala.

Protests

As many as 200 people gathered outside Lahore Press Club on Wednesday to protest the attack on Malala.

The protest arranged by the Lahore wing of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) lasted for about an hour during which the participants chanted anti-Taliban slogans, carrying a banner in Urdu reading, “We want our daughters to be like Malala…. We pray for her recovery.”

Workers of other parties including the Labor, the Workers’, the National Student Federation and Bond Labour Federation Front joined the protest at around 6pm. Carrying a banner reading, “Those with guns fear an unarmed girl,” the protesters chanted anti-Taliban slogans.

Some NGO workers also peacefully protested the attack. Children of various government schools along with their teachers joined the protest walking from the Charing Cross to the Lahore Press Club.

A protest was arranged at the Liberty Roundabout as well.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Thor
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:09PM

    There should be action aganist these barbaric people who did to a young child

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  • Qaid-i-Azam Who?
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Will Railways Minister put bounty on the attackers of Malala?

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  • ETrebel
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Id offer to throw in 1k USD into the pot. They must be found, and a truly humiliating example must be made of them.

    As i said in another post, Hakimullah Mehsud and Ehsanullah Ehsan must be hunted.

    This is not a light matter, these TTP are the modern day khawarij Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Good step. Now lets see if Bilour and all the other holier-than-thous will put up bounties on the shooter’s head!Recommend

  • i-umaid
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:28PM

    What a joke, don’t you know who they are ???????

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  • afzaalkhan
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:36PM

    Good step ANP

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  • THE
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:38PM

    Thank you, thank you thank you thank you Main Iftikhar!! These thugs and killers need to be caught and punished so that our daughters can go to school in peace.

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 8:41PM

    Any head money on Malala mr Bilour??

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  • Aamir
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Our prayers are with you Malala, may ALLAH (SWT) bless you with speedy recovery….ameen sumah ameen

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  • S. Siddiqi
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Those responsible have well identified themselves via interviews to media. Why can’t they be arrested?Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:47PM

    funny that the PTI stays quiet for all the other low profile cases of killing and torture, but for public attention is now suddenly protesting for its own benefit. shameless..

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  • Cautious
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:49PM

    The Taliban boast that they committed this atrocity and have indicated they will hunt down this child and finish the job. Posting a bounty for the identification of the terrorist isn’t needed – what is needed is leadership (both political and military) which has the guts to take on the Taliban.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:18PM

    A step in the right direction , also anounce bounty on head of the supporters and sympathisers as well .

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:31PM

    Ulema of all sects must unanimously give fatwa that the terrorists who attacked 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai should be given exemplary punishment, the TTP be banned and media should boycott TTP reporting. Statements by TTP SHOULD BE IGNORED AND NOT REPORTED. Pak Army must launch a decisive operation to eliminate TTP FOR GOOD.
    Regards.

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  • YP Toronto
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:10PM

    Pl. also appreciate and remember other two girls who refused to identify Malalai.

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Another great daughter of the nation is fighting for her life. Why should people identify attacker for reward. They should do it because it is the right thing to do

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  • Zaffar
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:34PM

    A female child has taken the bullet for this country. This is shameful to the extreme. We must stand up against these elements who do this for the greed of getting 70 virgins in heaven (if ever). Let this Government fight these degenerates and if they are sincere then prepare an army specifically to fight these elements. They can increase the reward money and I will personally contribute 10000 into it-but let it be a serious action and not spin.

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  • Peace Lover
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:52PM

    Please don’t play politics. Why Malala was not provided foolproof security in the first place?

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  • Noor Lodi
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:08PM

    Taliban presents an existential threat to Pakistan. Use of Nuclear Weapons are justified in this case. Use them before we lose them. Take these barbarians out once and forever. How many more innocent people need to die before we go all out. We already a have lost 30,000 people to these bombings. Send a message to the population there, death is imminent. Surround the area and give people 48 hours to leave. The ones who don’t are with Taliban. Use the bomb. Yes women and children will also die. But make no mistake, that 10 years old boy who is playing in the sand is tomorrows suicide bomber and will may kill dozens. We need to root this out once and forever. It is us or them. There is NO middle ground!

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Not only these three but all the mad barbarians belonging to TTP who kill innocent men, women and children should be killed since there is no known cure for mad dogs till date, who bite people without any reason and Taleban are exactly behaving like mad dogs.

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  • Aviator
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:32PM

    Good to see people protesting against the Taliban, gives me hope.

    The Taliban should now be outlawed completely. All government backing for them, especially from the ISI, should be stopped immediately.

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:09AM

    @ETrebel:
    I fully agree. Hakeemullah and Ehsanullah need to be hunted relentlessly and brought to justice. The impunity with which they carry out attacks on the state and then issue statements can only happen when they have the space, the territory, and know that their sanctuaries won’t be touched.

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  • Rationale
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Thanks for waking up!

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 12:33AM

    @Enlightened: it would be good not to defame maddogs by calling them violent mullahs as even dogs do not systematically kill

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  • Pakistani Agnostic (Riyadh)
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Final nail in the coffin of my religion. I would continue to respect Prophet and God but i would not worship or praise those people who are also worshiped by the animals that tried to kill this girl.

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  • saleem
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:45AM

    Let’s kill all taliban period. We have one million Army, ISI, IB , MI, police and atomic bombs , use everything

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  • danisha
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:04AM

    saleem: what abt we kill the americans first and then solve this taliban issue. u dont give any comments when drones happent. i dont think its the taliban have done. she is only 14, why create problems by doing this act. the real benefitter of this attack is the americans. think at least deep before u write an comments

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  • Jat
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:28AM

    @saleem: How many of your one million Army, ISI, IB, MI and police have been indoctrinated as Taliban by your Army, ISI, IB, MI and police ?

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  • Zach Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Are there still Taliban sympathizers? Hunt down the Taliban like Rabid dogs and eliminate them. They are savages who deserve no sympathy. The Army needs to stop appeasing the mullahs and start protecting the lives of the citizens.

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 7:17AM

    The PRs. 10 million bounty should prove quite a facilitator on the like-minded hoods and anti-TTP fighters to do away with him.
    If Malala is pro-West, then what are the TTP? The TTP is the handmaiden of the West and its allies in creating terror and bloodshed in Pakistan.
    The TTP never existed before and it suddenly mushroomed out of nowhere in the friendship of late Baitullah Mehsud and his late partner who it is believed was a truck driver.
    They are out to destroy Khyber Pakhroonkhwa through terror and sinister attacks on civilians. How do they get sophisticated weapons and acquire the ability to carry out dangerous attacks on highly sensitive targets of the State? Get rid of all the TTP and their cohorts and strengthen our LEAs. Salams

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  • Another Indian
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:19AM

    20000 people for protest agaisnt the anti-prophet film and just 200 for a brave girl ? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 11, 2012 - 3:32PM

    ET can you and other media sources stop being biased and also report us the health of the other two victims of the incident? They are the living souls too. Its a request.. Please pray for the other two victims as well when you are praying for Malala!

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