Malala is a drama staged by the US: Jamshed Dasti

Published: October 13, 2013

Jamshed Dasti speaks at a press conference in Multan. PHOTO: ONLINE

MULTAN: Member of National Assembly Jamshed Dasti said on Sunday that teen activist Malala Yousufzai’s meteoric rise to fame was nothing more than a “drama” orchestrated by the United States to disrupt the government’s efforts to initiate peace talks with the Taliban.

Dasti, an independent candidate reportedly pursuing membership in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, was talking to the media about Malala’s nomination for the Nobel Prize during a press conference in Multan.

He said the US never wanted Pakistan to negotiate with the Taliban, and was using Malala to defame the Taliban and Islam.

Dasti concluded by saying the nation and the media should “stop this drama” and concern themselves with the real issues of Pakistan.

The MNA’s words mirrored the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) sentiments when the young girl missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize.

TTP central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had said the 16-year-old had done nothing to deserve the Nobel, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.

“We are delighted that she didn’t get it. She did nothing big so it’s good that she didn’t get it.”

“This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular,” he had gone on to say.

The TTP had shot Malala in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against them, and brazenly added that they would do it again.

Ironically, in a recent BBC interview, Malala said she backed dialogue with the Taliban.

Anti-Malala sentiment has reportedly gained momentum in Pakistan since her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. A recent article on the phenomenon in the New York Times stated, “The reaction seemed to stem from different places: sensitivity at Western hectoring, a confused narrative about the Taliban and a sense of resentment or downright jealousy.”

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Reader Comments (117)

  • ModiFied
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Here they go. Future politician in Malala is already threatening many. Pakistan has a fairly big and strong anti-Malala lobby. Let us if politician in Malala can deal with this lobby.

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  • Hassan
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Begahirat they dont stop the hatered against the girl…

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  • ashar
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:10PM

    This is the first drop of the rain and also the beginning of the end of Malala myth. Liberals are requested to go back to their bar and forget everything till something new is created by their master US.Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:12PM

    ““This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular,” he had gone on to say.”

    By this logic the Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to the person who fired at Malala.. Fate of Pakistan is written in such statements.

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  • waqas
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:12PM

    for the betterment of malala media should reduce her coverage let her focus on studies. People may disagree with dasti but negative sentiment against malala is on the rise

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  • Sindhi
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:15PM

    Now you are qualified to join PTI aka JI………..Recommend

  • awais
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:15PM

    dasti with his fake degree is the bigger drama. he should go get himself a real education before commenting on serious matters. i’m sure malala will gladly fund it!

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  • The Economist
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:16PM

    Dont blame USA and Malala for government and army incompetency,but i can understand that in order for u to pursue PTI membership u should take pro taliban and anti USA stand.

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  • sir
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:16PM

    what a drama!Recommend

  • akhtar Baloch
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:25PM

    Yes that’s exactly why she’s encouraging talks between the government and the TTP… great logic right here ladies and gentlemen!

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  • Oct 13, 2013 - 9:29PM

    And we thought loonies lived only in lunatic asylums!

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  • naeem hussain
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:30PM

    First Pakistani politician to speak the truth.Recommend

  • Saddened
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Disgusting comment made by disgusting person. But he is behaving exactly like the PTI ‘politician’ he wants to be. Shame.

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  • ModiDefiled
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:34PM

    @ModiFied:
    Only if you really think they are struggling for Islam and believe their claims! People like you are really have their brains ModiFied!! Wake up before you get ModiFried!!!

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:34PM

    I thought you were a good person and a good leader for your constituency but you just lost my respect and admiration for you. Let me remind you that she is only 16 years old and you people are burdening her with your burdens, no one wants to be shot in the head to seek publicity and you don’t have any idea how democracy works in democratic countries. I have lived here for the last 48 years and let me assure you that neither Obama nor the US government is using her or they are capable of using her, it is the people of the US specially the younger generation who is in awe with her and her tenacity and courage, they are the ones who wants to see her and their democratic government is responding to their wishes, for a 16 years old she is doing a job you can only dream of, she is handling the world press like a pro and she is only 16. Tell us what were you doing when you were 14,15 or 16years old, did you shoulder the world problems or playing cricket some where. Are you not the one who was jailed for submitting fraudulent degree to the ECP.Recommend

  • muzaffar shah
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:34PM

    i would have never agreed more with mr. jamshed dasti. i would request the media to stop this unnessary hype and place reality before the public.. why is mr. gordon brown acting malala’s patron and sponsor. why there is special unit established for the publicity and managing funds malala. the peace prize should have been given to pakistan for facing the brunt in the war of terror.Recommend

  • Asif
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:35PM

    One word: JEALOUSRecommend

  • Guest
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Now these bigots target a child which dare to speak the truth.No wonder that the country becomes a failed state.We have to change the mindset.Otherwise no future.

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  • Shahid Pirzada
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:45PM

    This seems to be simply jealousy of deprived people. Malala is a rising star and pride of Pakistan.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:46PM

    Looney tunes of Pakistan.
    Thats All Folks!!!!

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  • Insaan
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:47PM

    Malala has done nothing. I don’t understand why Western countries are showing any Interest in her. She is getting free education and her family is getting to live free in UK. Some one has a written a book in her name and about her. She is going to make millions of dollars for doing nothing. I don’t blame her. I don’t understand why she is being invited to White house, UN or Queens palace. Looks like all these important people have nothing important to do.

    Western countries continue to give billions of dollars to Pakistan, country that created Taliban in the first place. Now these countries are wasting money on some one supposedly a victim of those Taliban.

    It was OK to help this girl, but why people are trying to make her bigger than life.

    Why is Muslim ummah not taking care of this Muslim girl and her family?

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  • Vakil
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:51PM

    @ashar: In other words — “Jamshed Dasti for PM!!!” — and (next year’s) “Nobel Peace Prize for Hakimullah Mehsud!!!” — let us please discuss further at your local seminary … I’ve had enough of the bar now… its too damn boring (i.e. too “liberal”) …

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  • Simon Richard
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:57PM

    …after all why Taliban is against ‘The Education Activist’?

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:57PM

    Typical anti USA blather – doesn’t matter whether the Taliban are terrorist or have slaughtered 30,000+ innocent civilians – doesn’t matter that they tried to murder a child who’s only crime was promoting education – what matters is his anti USA bias which allows him to ignore facts and even common sense.

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  • Obaid
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:58PM

    Who is jamshed dasti? Do his opinions hold weight? We all know the IQ of an average politician in Pakistan doesn’t any warrants any attention given to them.

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  • BANGASH PARACHINAR
    Oct 13, 2013 - 9:59PM

    Mr.Dasti before blaming her you should know well that she has taken unusual step against the brutal and fake Taliban in Pakistan bravely……and she has spoken and supported your country in front of the whole world……and she is the only small teen girl who yesterday openly speak in front of Obama that U.S should stop drone attack in Pakistan which killing innocent people and creating further problems in Pakistan……She is the only girl who spoken in the UN conference openly for your country and for all the world……….In brief she has done those effective,useful, unusual work for her country which neither you and your government,officials, can do and did………

    In my view you are the biggest supporter and spy of USA because the people like you can’t bear honest,brave people like MALALALA….

    WE ARE PROUD OF YOU MALALA KEEP ON WE ARE WITH YOU……

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  • harkol
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:03PM

    Which cave does this caveman live in? Does it have a name? And does he carry around a stone weapon or a twig?

    Pity the bunch who vote for this caveman.

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  • R2D2
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:04PM

    Typical PTI mindset, primitive and abhorrent !
    Dr . Salam who won the Nobel and now Malala who was at least nominated , can never reach the heights of the former cricketer in the PTI mindset even though this so called leader could not have built anything even by exploiting his cricket career without the donations of parasites living in countries that he perceives as the source of all evils. it takes extraordinary ignorance to have pti mindset , whether you are a pti politician/leader/supporter or a pti donor . as long there are a lot of people like them it is unlikely that Pakistan is going to behave in ways that world outside Pakistan can respect a Pakistani .

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:04PM

    For the first time Dasti has made sense. That still does not discount the fact however that he himself is a drama queen of the highest pedigree.

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  • Anjum Arshi
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:04PM

    Malala is a young, innocent Pakistani girl, who was shot by animals who thought she was a threat to them as she wanted to go to school. It was lucky for her and for Pakistan that she survived and we all should be thankful for this to the West. Shame on those who call themselves Pakistani and do not support a little girl’s dream of having an education. This guy, who is uneducated, is looking for cheap publicity; nobody outside his constituency remembers him, until he comes up with some big joke. And he is going to join PTI! Now you know what ‘PT’ in PTI actually means!

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:06PM

    Did you know Dasti has a fake degree

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  • anwar kamal
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:07PM

    We spectators ?

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  • The Rock
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Liberals and media will be jealous from this news. I don’t know why the media and liberals are trying to help malala. Abdul Sattar Edhi is the most deserving person for Nobel Prize. What this girls has done rather than defaming Pakistan and Islam?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:16PM

    Not only mr. Dasti has qualified to get PTI’s free membership, he is also qualified to join its circle of great leaders. He does not need to take loyality Oath. His statement is enough to prove his loyality and submission to PTI’s great cause.

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  • Safdar Mahmood
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Malala is representing Pakistan the way no pakistani has ever done, because of her people all over the world are getting to know the true Islam. Islam that teaches the value of education, jihad against the darkness of extremist views and of ignorance.

    I’ll take Malala’s passion & desire for the betterment of her fellow students over the phony sentiments of all the current Pakistani politicians.

    Malala is nothing less than a miracle, nothing short of continued hope of Allah in Pakistan that one day this nation and country, that has become so blatantly a specimen of failed muslim nation, may change its ways and may not just teach the world what true islam is but also protect the rights of all the minorities and sects.

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  • real
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:22PM

    Outright stupidity

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  • Amira
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:22PM

    Dasti-saheb, rather spend your time on something useful, like getting a proper education for example. Then you could have read/understood that Malala is actually favouring talks with the TTP.

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  • Oct 13, 2013 - 10:25PM

    Isn’t he the one who was convicted for a fake degree? This unfortunate country is full of such morons. With every passing day I am losing hope for Pakistan.

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  • Noaman
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:35PM

    Dasti lost my respect today

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  • Mazhar.A.Khan
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:36PM

    I admire (naeem khan Manhattan) & having same thoughts about this man Dasti. We have plenty like him in our country. His recent episode with motorway police should not be forgotten when we all scale his character.

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  • Eric Kumar
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:37PM

    People or any individual who take stand and wants to do some reforms for the country are either killed or made to leave to the west. First of all give me the name any person who has left Pakistan has settled down in Islamic country. West gives both political and economic freedom. Malala took stand for women education and Taliban’s wanted to kill her. West treated her, give her shelter and security and Jamshed Dasti has the audacity to say she is western drama. I don’t understand some time people don’t have enough brain to think. She was almost killed and this girl was not being protected in her own country. If dictators and terrorist can go to West for safety, protection and fun then what’s wrong with person like Malala. Go and look at united states consulates in Pakistan people begging to move to west if given the chance and opportunity. Irony of matter is that when they move west they grumble and complain.

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  • Azi
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:39PM

    You know, problem with our people is that they can never be in calm when one of their own does something good for humanity and declare him/her enemy of state in seconds with logic that hangs by a thread. Look at his face, I wish to slap just looking at him, forget his logic.

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  • Fateh Mohammed
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:44PM

    Malala is a us drama , So are Taaliban , Lashkar e Jhangvi and umpteen numbers of other Lashkars and fronts . . . I humbly request these gentlemen to have their heads examined . Are Pakistanis truly the most intelligent people as is often claimed ? It is truly said when God wants to destroy a people He first makes them go mad . I am truly sad to have penned these lines .

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  • jibran
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:47PM

    I’m glad to see this cheapskate out of the people’s party. ideologically, he belongs to LeJ, aka TTP aka PTI or JI.

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  • Misbah
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:48PM

    AIR FROM MALALA’S BALLOON COMING OUT:
    Malala hype became defamed when she nominated as a Nobel Peace Prize AWARD for doing nothing. Taliban attack on Malala was also a fake drama as her both the picture at the time of attack and also after so-called recovering from Britain based hospital, showing no healing scars on her face and neck and also no shave of her hairs as Media discussed about her Head surgeries.
    The only surgery according to my observation was that to anaesthetize her and damage her two facial nerves, which can deviate her mouth angle and blinking of her eyes. Her face was fine before the surgery as she resting on bed but post surgery was different picture.
    Beyond that Malala credibility will always BEEN Questioned, why Presiedent Obama meet her instead of meeting Our Pakistan Prime minister in the annual submit of U.N.O last month, this mean she is more important than the P.M. itself. Why Malala waving hand and making a symbol and oath signs of Illuminati? Why Malala is paid millions of dollar in Malala Fund?. Malala talks about Pashtun women freedom and education, why her mother not allowed to come on media and talk some thing interesting which we all don’t know?
    Yes If Jamshaid Dasti talks against Malala it is his courage to go against the flow, so thumbs up for him.

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  • Safwan
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:55PM

    He lost any chance he had of joining PTI.

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  • Rumormonger
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:56PM

    Malala support education for all, and Dasti…. does not have one.

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Oct 13, 2013 - 10:59PM

    “This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular,” he had gone on to say.
    Seriously hurt Pakistani male egos (MCPs) have started speaking out and it aint be good!

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  • Waseem
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:10PM

    is he not a Taliban voice?

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  • Parvez
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:12PM

    People like Dasti need a topic to keep themselves in the news……… disgraceful of him.

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  • observer
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:13PM

    “This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular,” he had gone on to say.

    OK.

    So Mehsud and TTP get nominated for the Nobel Price for Peace.

    Now, who will sign the nomination. The Graet Khan or Mr Dasti?

    How about the OIC instituting a parallel OBL Award or something.

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  • Ko
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:19PM

    I fully agreed with himRecommend

  • M Usman Shad
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:20PM

    we can expect such an ignorant propaganda against Malala towards illiterate person, She is Daughter of the east

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  • akhtar tak
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:22PM

    This man has shown his class , a lower class

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  • naazir
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:25PM

    YOU ARE A DRAMA BEING PLAYED FOR ILLITERATE PAKISTANI PEOPLE **

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  • Ricky
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Being secular is against Islam !!!! lolz
    :D
    so from this logic all non-Muslims should become hardliners instead of being secular so that they are not against Islam, right !
    but if they are hardliner Hindu,Jew,Cristian etc ,then they are again against Islam.
    so according to you a non-muslim is always against muslims.
    Great!! Means no choices left for non-muslim.lolz

    Sir you have no idea what you are talking about. sometimes some people defy all the logics.No surprise why Pakistan is in such a mess.

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  • Ishika Rahman
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:36PM

    Another braindead Pakistani. They all bring disgrace to the country which is hurtling down the abyss of self destruction. With “well-wishers” like Jamshed Dasti and other ignorant but totally destructive people vying for the power seat, Pakistan does not need enemies. You can blame the USA, India and Israel (many people want to know what harm have they done to Malala) but the real enemy within Pakistan are Pakistanis themselves. Do we never tire of blaming everyone else but ourselves when the writing is clearly on the wall?!!

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  • Omar Gilani
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:41PM

    Malala Yousafzai Zindabaad! Oh and by the way I’m among those that would give his life for Imran Khan. This one’s for you PTI haters.

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  • yousafhaque
    Oct 13, 2013 - 11:50PM

    Dasti is quite justified in opposing Malala,because she talks of getting degee after proper Education

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  • suzo
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:02AM

    fake people consider everything fake

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  • Ahmad Khan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:05AM

    Mr. Dast, you don’t have moral ground to claim this as your university degree was fake. This was proved by the courts of our country. No body is that stupid to trust in you. You want cheap publicity.

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  • Khan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:19AM

    What should we expect from an illiterate person like Dasti who holds a fake degree. Mr. Dasti—-there is a saying in Pashto, ” the ashamed should never boast of any thing as any boastings by the ashamed reminds every body his shameful act.

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  • Pakaliyug
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:21AM

    What is wrong with these conspiracy theorists and Taliban apologists? Pakistan is doomed, if this is the mindset of its young politicians.

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  • LOK
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:25AM

    Dasti for PTI chairman.

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  • Pakaliyug
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:28AM

    Jamshed is jealous that a Pashtun girl is admired the world over.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:29AM

    We do not need enemy when we have people like Mr Dasti and his supporters…a half read politician with a fake degree……he should have died in shame, but shamless like him are many in Pakistán….the reason for the mess we are in Saad you really scared me Well thank God it was only flu take care.

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  • Oct 14, 2013 - 12:31AM

    What hope does Pakistan have against religio-political terrorism when your leaders, besides being natural hypocrites, incredibly ignorant and corrupt, are themselves steeped in ideological religious nationalist beliefs and repeat exactly the same Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni Islamist extremist narrative and propaganda as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militant terrorists, going in so far as attacking a 16 year old school girl victim with treason, blasphemous and takfiri like accusations (secular, anti-Islam, defame Pakistan, defame Islam, not a real Muslim, etc).

    Be it hate for the West (or neighbours) in all things, confusion, sympathy or outright support for Taliban beliefs and/or resentment or jealousy based on nationalist/religious image. Most Pakistani mindsets are simply too steeped in incredibly deranged and twisted right-wing prejudiced intolerant small minded religious nationalist thinking.

    I hope education is the cure, because it really is a mental crisis.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:34AM

    We do not need enemy when we have people like Mr Dasti and his supporters…a half read politician with a fake degree……he should have died in shame, but shamless like him are many in Pakistán….the reason for the mess we are in today.

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  • Oct 14, 2013 - 12:41AM

    What a tough man! This will get him lots of votes from the idiots who will lap his utterances words up like thirsty dogs grabbing any opportunity to defame/abuse a little girl who has done more to stand up to the extremists destroying Pakistan than any of these pathetic politicians

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  • Arifq
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:42AM

    Ignorant, cheap statements issued by an opportunist who has the credentials of a charlatan.

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  • Faheem Uddin
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:56AM

    As the world encourages, endorses and adopts the effort taken on by Malala, it is sad to note that some of her own are abandoning her. If we cannot assist their efforts, at least we should not doubt their intentions or malign their image. People like Malala need our encouragement and support more than the praise they receive from the rest of the world.

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  • Midas
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:07AM

    It is a political statement to score points with IK and PTI since he is towing the same line.

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  • orakzai101
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:23AM

    This punjabi must know that we PATHANS are proud of malala.what punjab has brought is confusion as to who talibans are.Pathans don’t and we will not let ignorant MNAs like him defame daughter of pakistan like that.FAKE MNA

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  • Ali Ash
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:43AM

    Dasti …. Really!

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  • csmann
    Oct 14, 2013 - 2:05AM

    PTI has always been a political arm of TTP,so Mr. Dasti proves it.There has been a lot of concern about Taliban infiltrating the Government and army,and now it has started to show clearly.Apart from TTP Pakistan has to face cyber-TTP,pol-PPT and various entrenched covert Taliban.

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  • YA HUSSAIN (A.S)
    Oct 14, 2013 - 2:09AM

    Why people showing jealousy against a innocent girl?

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  • YA HUSSAIN (A.S)
    Oct 14, 2013 - 2:13AM

    Why people showing jealously against a Inocent girl

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  • Ali khan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 2:15AM

    Sick mentality…you cant do anything about it.

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  • Saddened
    Oct 14, 2013 - 2:29AM

    Anyone with such stone age mentality should be expelled from the parliament.

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  • Zeeshan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 3:09AM

    Malala is above hypocrites like Dasti.Recommend

  • Pashtun voice
    Oct 14, 2013 - 4:26AM

    Dasti cannot deal with women who are empowered and stand up for themselves. Let us not forget he also said Mukhtaran mai was not gang raped and that whole episode was a drama.

    By the way given his comments regarding Malala he should become the chairman of PTI

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  • Wizarat
    Oct 14, 2013 - 4:45AM

    Malala Yousafzai was on Jon Stewart show prior to meeting with president Obama.
    I wish you all to check out October 8, 2013.Malala was sensational.

    She is an amazing person; she is articulate, poised, and confident. i wish you all can just enjoy her patriotism and love of land of Swat. I wish some of this passion and patriotism rubs on our politicians too.

    Her speech at the UN was better than our other leaders. She is a proud Pakistani and she is only 16-17 years old. She was shot in the Head by some deranged individuals who believe that education is bad for girls. I wish their mothers were educated, they would have known better.

    Malala still believes that talking instead of fighting is the solution to handle Taliban problem. For me this was really strange as she is from Swat and she is not seeking revenge. And that speaks volumes for her parents and her upbringing.

    Pakistanis are unfortunate not to have many Malala in their fold; one reason could be the people like Mr. Dasti.

    here is a link for the program referred above

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/tue-october-8-2013-malala-yousafzai

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  • Parvez Amin
    Oct 14, 2013 - 6:35AM

    The word ‘secular’ should be used to describe a government of a state in which all are allowed to practice their different religions. ‘Secular’ should not be used to describe a person’s belief. A person can be a believer in God, Allah or any other name given by various religions to the Creator. A person who does not believe in such supernatural beings, depending on the details of his belief may be called an agnostic or an atheist. Spreading confusion by misusing the word ‘secular’ does not help Pakistan. So please understand the meaning of the words you use.

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  • A. Ahmed
    Oct 14, 2013 - 7:12AM

    There are thousands of girls in central Sindh & Southern Punjab of our country, who are prohibited to seek education. Malala haven’t done anything for peace yet. she must come to her country and actually do something for this cause.

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  • Anjum Arshi
    Oct 14, 2013 - 8:00AM

    @Misbah: a bullet entered her neck, she was unconscious for days. The surgery did not require shaving her head. I’m a doctor and have read her medical details. She was rotting in a military hospital with no facilities when the world intervened to save her life. By meeting her, Obama gave a message to Nawaz Sharif, the likes of Dasti and all Pakistanis, that the world cherishes sincerity. Malala Yousufzai deserved an Oval Office meeting much more than Sharif, Dasti, Khan, Zardari and the likes of them.

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  • Xulfjan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 9:55AM

    @ashar:
    I dont know about the liberals but this Swati girl has more courage and poise than most of us retrogressive lot. Lets not do an Abdul Salaam on her….Lets learn from her courage and vision. Lets try to get the priorities and our heroes right.

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  • pankaj
    Oct 14, 2013 - 10:16AM

    @Hassan:
    This guy is no different from Taliban ! they atack by bullets he does by words! spare the girl .

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  • pankaj
    Oct 14, 2013 - 10:25AM

    With politicians like him who publicly support causes of taliban and even get public support and media attention you are never going to crush violence in your country even if it is staged by a conspiracy of foreign elements your own people are traitors !

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  • mohsin
    Oct 14, 2013 - 10:25AM

    So we have Taliban’s advocate here.

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  • csmann
    Oct 14, 2013 - 10:27AM

    @Parvez Amin:
    True,and another important and basic attribute of Secularism is complete separation of state and religion.

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  • Lolz
    Oct 14, 2013 - 10:38AM

    Isn’t he right? I think the western media shouldn’t determine our norms, value, good and bad. IS IT NECESSARY THAT A HERO FOR THEM SHOULD BE HERO FOR OTHER STATES AS WELL… SHE MIGHT WELL REPRESENT THE WAR OF THE WEST, BUT I DON’T THINK SHE REPRESENTS OUR WAR! ! ! ! !

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  • niatwali
    Oct 14, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Mallala is a symbol of peace. She is our future! People like Dasti who badly lack the vision, can not understand this! Even Imran Khan, who is Oxford granduate is unable to speak the truth and support the cause of Mallala. He just uttered a few ceremonial words in Mallala’s favour.
    We should support the cause of Mallala and at the same time, Mallala should be careful not to support or get the support of any political party…., she is symbol of peace and education! Thats is enough!

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  • Sane
    Oct 14, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Sometimes you talk sense mate…

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  • farahz
    Oct 14, 2013 - 11:51AM

    He’s terrified of the support this girl already has. Pure jealously.

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  • HUM
    Oct 14, 2013 - 12:56PM

    @The Rock:
    Yes and shooting at helpless 15 year old girls bring fame to Islam and Pakistan.

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  • Libra
    Oct 14, 2013 - 1:38PM

    @Hassan:

    Very correctly Jamshed dasti said

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  • Ihsan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 2:57PM

    PTI should come out with a statement negating Dasti

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  • Mohammad Rasool
    Oct 14, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Jamshed Dasti is a drama played on Pakistan by gullible and short-sighted persons in Multan who voted a creature like him to the National Assembly..

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  • Ivehadit
    Oct 14, 2013 - 5:17PM

    She is a 16 year old who is much wiser than her years. Not much can be said about Dasti. anyone who has heard her speak cannot be but amazed by her commitment to education, her Pastun pride, and her love
    of country. shame on those that side with the Taliban to pull her down.

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  • Mian Waheed
    Oct 14, 2013 - 5:32PM

    Mr. Dasti did not have to go that far to prove his Jahalat. He had already done so by filing fake degree. lol

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  • Mian Waheed
    Oct 14, 2013 - 5:37PM

    Oh I am sorry, now I know why Mr. Dasti opposes Malala. Since Malal wants education for all, Mr. Dasti thinks Malala wanted him to go to school to get a real degree. Hmmmm!

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  • Sami Pathan khan
    Oct 14, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Dasti is a punjabi, Malala is proud pathan. that’s why dasti jealous and discredit her. she is like Joan of Arc, she will lead pathans to victory and freedom from pubjabi’s

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 14, 2013 - 7:39PM

    I do not understand why she was nominated for Noble Peace Prize. What exceptional things is she credited with? I do not if USA is pushing her profile or not, but I can certainly see the role of global media in turning into an international brand. She is employing the top PR Company to promote her image. She’s suddenly become worth millions. She’s found a perfect way of becoming a top business. Now the book is coming out and she’ll earn a fortune from this.

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  • Ameer
    Oct 14, 2013 - 8:09PM

    @Ashar: Please go read up on what it means to be liberal. How being politically liberal is different from being religiously liberal.

    “Liberal liberal” ki rutt lagatein hain; meaning ka sur pair pata hi nahi!

    As for those dragging PTI into this, remember that IK called Malala: “Malala the great” and Malala supported peace dialogue.

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 14, 2013 - 9:02PM

    @ModiFied:
    Just look at your nickname….what an ironic comment! You are using the name of the murderer, who slaughtered 4000 Muslims of his own country and now you are describing Muslims as terrorists?

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  • abcfkakadk
    Oct 15, 2013 - 12:40AM

    how many times have these people been recognized by the global community
    http://www.amazingpakistanis.com/social-workers.html?

    why only malalla ?

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  • Raza
    Oct 15, 2013 - 12:42AM

    Mr. MNA, the Taliban and terrorism are ‘real issues’ in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Gingo
    Oct 15, 2013 - 12:56AM

    Says the person with fake degree

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  • Usman Noman
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Listening to this MNA & his supporters adds to the decline of Pakistan an independent nation visioned by Mr. Jinnah. Just imagine Mr. Jinnah alive today he would be considered secular, anti Muslim & a pawn of the West. Think of Pakistan then & now you cannot have a conversation with the Malala detractors they have decided to speak against her and anyone who wants a peaceful Pakistan. These are the same people who want to celebrate a convicted terrorist like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed gave up Aafia’s Siddiqui name as being a major Al Qaeda operative & honor Osama Bin Laden. It is impossible trying to reason with conspiracy infected western hating religious extremist who interpret & use Islam to proceed to terrorize their fellow citizens. They have no respect for anyone for anyone so there is no hope for Pakistan unless we rid ourselves of this dangerous mindset.

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  • Maula Jatt
    Oct 16, 2013 - 8:49AM

    ET, pls publish my message.

    @orakzai101, @Sami Pathan khan: Jamshed Dasti is Baloch origin. Racist, ethnic strife is primitive and a dangerous idea which has destroyed so many nations. As Pakistanis and Muslims, we should be united against this as it is forbidden in our religion and discouraged by our ideology. Have some decency and don’t make sweeping people about your countrymen.

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  • Ricky
    Oct 16, 2013 - 11:39PM

    You guys(Pakistanis) use word secular a lot, that too in some mysterious negative sense. Is it a bad thing to be secular in Pakistan.Why? i am just curious.

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  • SayWhat?
    Oct 16, 2013 - 11:47PM

    I say; Dasti and his supporters near & far are the Real Drama themselves.

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  • S S
    Oct 17, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:
    Well put Naeem. Instead of having pride in and supporting this daughter of Pakistan, these people are being ignorant and backward. This behavior exposes their insecurities and it’s sad to see these characters in positions of influence in our country. Recommend

  • true pakistani
    Oct 17, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Why malala did not talk for palestinan children against jews terriorist? Why malala kept silence for kashmire children againist hindú terrorist? Why malala did not see buddhist terrorism against inosent muslim children in bruma. Question is .R only muslim are global terrorist I dont further comment but malala will be Asked profeganda tool against religión islam by every muslim.shame to malalaism and its supporter.Recommend

  • NuPak
    Oct 17, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @Lolz: You out of your mind? Is education not our war? What, West need heroes for education? Where have you been all these years? Oh! In those caves with you buddies, roasting corns, lol!

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  • LuvDat!
    Oct 17, 2013 - 11:23PM

    @true pakistani: Bro you look very smart! And you realy have touched the throbbing nerves of the education world of Muslim. You may be the person then who can tell; Why no Muslim leader or countrytalk about those issues from Palestine to Pakistan and from Burma to Saudi Arabia? And what made you think Malala should be above all our rich and powerful leaders & exrremists of Islam to leave her neighborhood kids and pick-up men’s job who should already be doing just that?

    Hasn’t she done enough to even comeout of brave Muslim’s AK47 attack that almost paralyzed her if not killed her, who are still bent on beoadcasting their threat to kill her after proudly claiming their fatal attack on this 15 year old school girl innocently sitting in her bus to school.

    What were they teaching at that school, how to kill Talaban? Shame on you! Go teach others what you know and make a difference in a child’s life instead using your education to defame education and its teachers.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 10:16PM

    @LOK:
    “Dasti for PTI chairman.”

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    Dasti for life time boss of UNESCO.

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