Malala’s attackers identified: Rehman Malik

Published: October 11, 2012

Interior minister appeals to ulema to pass fatwa against attack, says president has ordered she be moved to Germany. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS/FILE

Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed the media on Thursday that the two men who shot Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday have been identified, Express News reported.

Malik said that it has been figured out that who plotted the conspiracy against Malala and from where. He added that the president has ordered for Malala to be shifted to Germany.

The minister also appealed to the ulema of the country to pass a fatwa against the attack.

Earlier, Malik had ordered the IG Police to make permanent security arrangements for Malala.

Malala was shot along with two other friends when she was on her way home from school on Tuesday. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack calling Malala “pro-West”.

Reader Comments (56)

  • Azlan Shah
    Oct 11, 2012 - 6:51PM

    I wouldn’t trust anything this guy says. He has lied several times in the past (including the truth about his dual nationality to honorable courts).

    President Zardari needs to come out and say it in a press conference. But I’ve only heard soft words from these guys only ‘condemning’ the attacks (typical routine). They just want to enjoy 4,5 months more in office and then move abroad with their kids and enjoy spending the loot they did in 5 years.

    We need to build up a national agenda and oust these taliban animals on all channels and medias and tell them that every Pakistan hates them

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 7:10PM

    I dont know why, but his words dont inspire much confidence. He said the same for BB, Salman Taseers son etc

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  • Disappointed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:10PM

    he is another embarrassment for this unfortunate country of ours. For the first time I have lost hope in this country, its Military and Political Leadership. Will the UN, NATO or other God-fearing civilized people come to the rescue of the helpless population of this country Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:26PM

    This man figures out everything, but “exposes” nothing!Recommend

  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Mr.Malik has no credibility and whatever he says should be taken with the grain of salt. We are praying for Malala and ” two other friends”. Why is it so that ET does not mention the names of other 2 children who were also shot. Please pray for them too they are also just innocent young kids and were shot of no fault of their own. Expose the names and print the pictures of these murderers who has no qualms to kill anyone in the name of God and our religion Islam. Their brand of religion is so very twisted, I don’t think our prophet Mohammad (pbuh) would have approved the killing of any Innocent person. He was forgiving person and we should follow his teachings, the world would be a peaceful place.

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  • Ali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:29PM

    Why move her to Germany, can our army not protect her?

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  • Baba Ji
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Oh come on …… he knows everyone but cannot apprehend anyone !!!!!

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Well, attack on her life is also condemnable but where is condemn on the killing of innocent lifes in drone strikes. were not they human??? is there no human rights for those people.Recommend

  • lkhan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:39PM

    I hope Malala will recover fully, continue her studies in Swat which would be a success story against this awful plague affecting life in Pakistan. She has shown tremendous bravery against such odds, deserves to live a full life. It is good to see the institutions, the President and political parties are taking a common stand. Let’s hope her persecutors will soon be caught and be done justice. Shame on them, shooting a minor. No where in the Holy Book is such an act justified.

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  • Syed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Let me guess star troopers from star wars???

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  • John
    Oct 11, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Good. Now throw “Rose petals” on him.

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  • BS
    Oct 11, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Not a single credible word comes from this mans mouth!

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  • Ajmal Endi
    Oct 11, 2012 - 8:35PM

    ohh yeah..tell every one and announce so that they hide away..in fact he is telling for the same reason! Recommend

  • farooq
    Oct 11, 2012 - 8:40PM

    I and most of the nation do not believe this guy

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  • Mashal
    Oct 11, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Is malala the first one to be a victim of terrorism?Recommend

  • Fauzia
    Oct 11, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Why need a fatwa anyway to condemn this? We all are Muslims, educated and understand our religion reasonably well. We know this act was a heinous crime and culprits should be apprehended irrespective of any fatwa. No organised religion of the world condones or should condone such crimes. So Mr. Rahman please now do your job of arresting these criminals instead of issuing polarizing statements to confuse and divide the people even further.

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  • YP Toronto
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:04PM

    What about other two girls who got injured with Malalai. please remember them too.

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 9:05PM

    Rehman Malik: “I’ve identified the attackers… [Long wait]They are.. [Long wait]The.. [Long wait] TALIBAN!!!!”

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  • mohturrum
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:30PM

    The killers were just following sharia as they have quoted from quran? Can someone please clarify their justification?

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  • rp
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Germany is far behind India we will care her

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  • Rocci DeCaro
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:37PM

    I am so upset about this, I have two girls and this has hit me hard. I do not write on blogs or even follow stories usually. I am a us marine Veteran and this has brought tears. God Bless Her

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  • John B
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Ignore the politics; take the other serious injured girl along with Malala to better trauma care facility where experts are plenty and resources are unlimited.

    Saving Malala and her friends is a symbolic gesture of efforts in saving Pakistan from the brewing calamity.

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  • Imran
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:46PM

    Not a singular mullah has condemned the attack. To them the killing of a child at the hand of a terrorist is justified, but the killing of the same terrorists at the hand of Americans is not. This sickening mentality must be confronted if we want to save our children, women, and men from these barbarians. We need more of the drones.

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  • Jim
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:47PM

    @Azlan Shah Sorry, looking at it from the outside, it appears that most Pakistanis love them and those who hate them (you) are a minority. That is why there can never be a movement or momentum against them. That is they have the movement (like Imran “Taliban” Khan) and the momentum. That is why there is a call to bring out the rose petals. It’s not your fault really. It is the result of “Pakistan ka matlab kya hain…” policy.

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  • Balochi Cynic
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Would someone please write her name as it should be?
    The name is mala-lai, not malala. i wonder why is it such a problem for folks from urban pakistan to pronounce the names from peripheries.
    i have seen names of the people changed forever as the school teacher from karachi/lahore/hyderabad did not bothered to learn the proper name of the pupil and registered the names as they deemed fit.

    arrogance is sadly always accompanied with ignorance.

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  • Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:05PM

    The killers will be laughing to the (cave) floor in North Waziristan over Malik’s statement.
    Btw, technically when you find out about the killers in a murder case, the information becomes confidential and Malik should be charged for making confidential information public.

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  • Dilbar Jahan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Malik Sahib, the attackers have already identified themselves: the Taliban. You are seeking fatwa from people who are the source of all this fitna.

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  • observer (UK)
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:15PM

    He issues statements without understanding what he says.
    It he has identified the attackers of Malala then he should take action against them. Recommend

  • FaiselH
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:55PM

    “The ones who matter don’t mind,
    and the ones who mind don’t matter.”
    This is the sickening state of this sinking ship.

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  • Polpot
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:01PM

    “he president has ordered for Malala to be shifted to Germany.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Obviously Germany has no say in the matter,,,being part of Pakistans strategic depth.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Breaking News! “Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed the media on Thursday that the two men who shot Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday have been identified, Express News reported.”
    1.Dr.Rehman Malik please sms photos of the two men who shot Malala Yousafzai.
    2.Are they Pakistani, Afghani or dual nationals?
    3.Do they belong to TTP?
    4.I have already issued fatwa against TTP. The Ulema are requested to edorse it.
    5.Dr.Sahab did you give this statement after reading ET?
    6.Decision to send Malala Yousafzai to Germany implies that President Zardari also reads
    ET and readers’ comments.
    Now everybody is reading the express tribune. I don’t get time to read any other newspaper. ET has convincingly beaten them all to it. Congratulaions ET!
    Regards.

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  • Hamid Khan, Lahore
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:36PM

    It seems the esteemed Minister has his head stuck in the sand.

    As long as the PAKs are not able to control the terrorists on their soil, and the military chiefs are afraid to clean up the mess in the northern territories, we can expect foreign countries to intervene to protect their interests. Along with that they are also protecting PAKs interest, by doing what the PAK military has failed to do.

    If anything the PAKs should be prostrating in front the American flag. Recommend

  • Hello1
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Dr. Rehman Malik should know. He has been issuing bulletins about her health. We all pray for her full and speedy recovery.Recommend

  • Hello2
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Oh Yes I thought this jack of all trades was competent to do anything, including claiming credit for arrest of the infamous blasphemous film maker. So why can’t he pass the “fatwa” himself??Recommend

  • imkarachi
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:48AM

    Where are all target killing news in Karachi today ???…… Ohh forget that media have a different news topic these days

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Oct 12, 2012 - 1:09AM

    Who trusts this man. He is treated as a Joke in the Pack of PPP. Is the President a neuro surgeon or doctor who can decide where she should go for treatment. It is the prerogative of the doctors treating Malala. Please do not poke your nose in this matter. If Fahmida Mirza can get treatment at public expenditure in Texas why can’t Malala. Fahmeeda and her husband each own Sugar Mills. They have enough money from black market sale of Sugar. Despite this she siphoned off the Public money for her treatment. President Obama has offered special Ambulance Aircraft and perhaps the treatment will be free. The President and his Minister are throwing spanner to slow down the treatment abroad.

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 12, 2012 - 1:22AM

    To the people wanting to know why the other two girls aren’t named, it is simple. They’re minors and chances are their parents haven’t given any consent. Milala is different because she’s already a public figure. Furthermore, if not before, those two other girls are also targets for not cooperating and it’ll just make it easier for them to get shot again.

    Also, Mr. Rehman Malik. Everyone knows who shot her. They made sure everyone did. It is not reassuring, it’s pointing out the obvious.

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  • Khan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 1:25AM

    @Baloch Cynic.

    The print media is reporting her name correctly. It’s Mal-lala with the sound of -ah at the end (i.e. in Ummah) not Malalaaa as the anchors in electronic media pronounce it. I know it coz coincidentally my niece’s name is Malala too :) Anywasy, it’s always hard for the rest of Pakistanis to pronounce Pakhtun names like Tor Pekay (the leading Pakistani squash player from Waziristan).

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  • suraj
    Oct 12, 2012 - 1:47AM

    This kind of incidents are very much prevalent everyday across the country and going unnoticed… Its time for the people to stand and fight against such kind of miscreants..

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  • Moosa Khan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:23AM

    The Man Who Knows Everything..(But does nothing).
    If Alfred Hitchcock was alive, he would have made a good movie on him.

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  • gul muhammad
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:34AM

    if anybody has read her diary then u will know y she got the peace award and y the international media is highlighting this issue….. what about the other girl shazia who was also injured….. y only malala on every news channel. y media is not showing about shazia and the drone attack n orakzai agency? y y y
    the people of FATA are awarded with drones which only remains a newsalert on tv for less than a minute………..Recommend

  • Londoner
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:59AM

    Give poor people a break Mr Rehman Malik.
    You have issued numerous statements in the past relating to many issues besetting the country but they proved to be absolutely hollow.
    Umpteen times you have claimed to know who was responsible for ongoing mayhem in the country but no one took you seriously.

    This time once again you have come up with yet another statement in which you have claimed the identification of two TTP murderers who shot at Malala and her friends including Shazia. If
    that is the case then don’t waste time and capture these beasts dead or alive. But I am confident that this was yet another irresponsible statement.

    You are playing with the life of the poor girl who is fighting for her life and you have deferred her evacuation to Europe or Ametica where there are centres of excellence and expertise as well. I was appalled to see the state of bed she was lying and the monitoring equipment at her bed side were antiques. Rehman Malik is instrumental in reframing her transfer by air ambulance abroad.

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  • KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:04AM

    Several US news papers including New York Times, Wall street journal published Malala Yosef Zai story on front page with pictures of Malala. Now people of Pakistan are astonish to see the double standard of US media. Thousand of Malala like children have lost their lives in US drone attacks in same area but US media never raise any voice and publish any picture of these US drone affected children. Now US media is using this incident for political gains which is very shameful and unfortunate. Attacking on incent children like Malala by militants or by US Drones is heinous acts we should condemn both type of actions.

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  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:22AM

    He always said, identification of all miscreants so far..whether is Lalosar, Kohistan, Quetta, PAF air base and so forth..BUT..never showed anyone apprehending…Just throwing up…

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  • tattle-tale
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:42AM

    I am a westerner, and though I read a lot of foreign news, I really dont feel like I have much understanding of Pakistan. I’m about to ask what may be very stupid questions.
    If groups like the TTP are so despised by most of the citizens, how do they get so much control? I would think the citizens of the cities and towns in Swat would either run them out of town at gunpoint or turn them over to the police when they make trouble. Do they live in unpopulated areas and just mass to overwhelm a city/town?
    What relationship does the TTP have with the Haqqani network and, most of all, with Mullah Omar, who I thought was the spiritual leader of all the Talibans? What are the differences between the various Talibans-or are they just local groups with different leaders, but unified by the same agenda?
    Why doesnt Mullah Omar ever say anything about anything? Does he have a spokesperson? Has anybody seen him? Is he alive? Is he still the spiritual leader of the Taliban?
    Why aren’t the 2 suspects named? Are they wanted for arrest? What about the leaders of their groups? I see 2 names mentioned:, Maulana Fazlullah and Ehsanullah Ehsan. Are they wanted for arrest? How can they hide for so long?
    Do these Taliban groups get support and protection of the people who live around them because of the drone attacks? Is it areas controlled by the TTP that get droned?

    I hope the questions arent too ignorant, but I just thought I’d ask…

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  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ:
    WOW,you say that “Thousands of Malala like children have lost their lives in US Drone attacks….”! Please give us a reference for your “thousands of children” number! And as you should know, the drone targets are picked out by foreward observers (ISI agents?) in the target area, and I seriously doubt that those “agents” would target children! Now compare this to the Malala incident where the TTP stopped the bus she was riding on, asked for her by name, and then shot her at point blank range!

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  • Haroon
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:43AM

    Its very strange that Mr. Malik requesting to Ulma to give fatawa against the identified shooters which seems that there is no rule of law in this country if Ulma will not give fatawa than what acctions should be taken against those shooters

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:40AM

    @tattle-tale: Q1.I am a westerner, and though I read a lot of foreign news, I really dont feel like I have much understanding of Pakistan. I’m about to ask what may be very stupid questions. A1. Not at all stupid questions.
    Q2.If groups like the TTP are so despised by most of the citizens, how do they get so much control? I would think the citizens of the cities and towns in Swat would either run them out of town at gunpoint or turn them over to the police when they make trouble. Do they live in unpopulated areas and just mass to overwhelm a city/town? A2.The Pak Army and Govt. is reluctant to counter act for reasons they khow better.
    Q3.What relationship does the TTP have with the Haqqani network and, most of all, with Mullah Omar, who I thought was the spiritual leader of all the Talibans? What are the differences between the various Talibans-or are they just local groups with different leaders, but unified by the same agenda? A3,TTP is not obeying Mullah Omar, their agenda is only their’s.
    Q4.Why doesnt Mullah Omar ever say anything about anything? Does he have a spokesperson? Has anybody seen him? Is he alive? Is he still the spiritual leader of the Taliban? A4.Mullah Omar is alive and still the spiritual leader of the Taliban. He has explicitly ordered TTP not to attack women, children and all Pakisanis.
    Q5.Why aren’t the 2 suspects named? Are they wanted for arrest? What about the leaders of their groups? I see 2 names mentioned:, Maulana Fazlullah and Ehsanullah Ehsan. Are they wanted for arrest? How can they hide for so long? A5.Only Dr.Rehman Malik can answer this question.
    Q6.Do these Taliban groups get support and protection of the people who live around them because of the drone attacks? Is it areas controlled by the TTP that get droned? A6.Yes.
    I hope the questions arent too ignorant, but I just thought I’d ask.
    Excellent questions! I hope the answers make sense. You are welcome to ask more questions.
    Regards.

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  • Human
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:57AM

    @Ali:
    our Army is Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepig dint you know

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  • nahmed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:43AM

    This is the work of American CIA. They are successful in changing mindset of masses who now are asking military to go into North Waziristan and fight terrorists. Before that the nation and military both were against any operation there.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:00AM

    If culprits are identified then go after them, for what you waiting are?

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  • tania
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Rehman Malik: I’ve identified the attackers!
    The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan: We already told you it was us!!
    My prayers go out to Malala AND her two friends who were shot too. And before the US condemns ths act may they realize they are doing the same to our women and children in their drone strikes! Ameen

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  • tattle-tale
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:21AM

    @Aijaz Haider:
    Thank you so much for answering my questions. Your answers were very helpful. It’s good to be able to talk with people from other countries and to read their media. American media is pretty awful. I think ET does an excellent job. And the comments are so much better than in most popular American sites. Pakistanis write in MUCH better English than Americans, and they actually discuss the issues in the article whereas, in the USA, people mostly just get nasty.

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  • Adnan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:00AM

    I a recent drone attack several Kids died, but since no Malala in them hence Media is silent.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 13, 2012 - 3:16PM

    @tattle-tale: Thank you for the compliment. I agree ET has done an excellent job. Discussions (not abusive) should be encouraged. You are welcome!
    Regards.

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  • Alliya
    Oct 13, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @Human: We all are sleeping and don’t want to wake up.Is it not funny that we know
    who is the enemy,even we khow how to handle, I don’t think so that I have to mention the names, every one knows who is playing these dirty games and why,what is the ground reallity,and what could be happend.
    : But we don’t want to wake up simple……. let it be whatever…….

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