Attack on Malala was staged, claims PTI MNA

Published: May 20, 2017
Musarrat Ahmad Zeb claims her inner conscience has compelled her to spill the beans. PHOTO: Express

Musarrat Ahmad Zeb claims her inner conscience has compelled her to spill the beans. PHOTO: Express

PESHAWAR: In a claim that could stir up another controversy for the the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), MNA Musarrat Ahmad Zeb – a member of Swat’s royal family who belongs to the party – has alleged that the 2012 attack on Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai was ‘staged’ by different groups, including rights activists.

Yousafzai, then a student at the Khushal Public School in Swat, was returning home after appearing for her midterm examinations when militants had shot her.

She suffered bullet injuries and was admitted to the Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar and then taken to London for further treatment.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai was a “Western-minded girl”.

Even the then Taliban spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed that the TTP had attacked Yousafzai, calling her crusade for education rights an “obscenity”. He said if she survived, there would be further attacks on her life.

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Zeb, however, is adamant that the entire incident was a pre-planned series of events.

The parliamentarian claimed in her tweets that she too had been approached by those groups for the same “drama” but she had refused to be a part of it.

“I was approached for the same drama but refused as I was not interested in seeking asylum in another country,” she told The Express Tribune.

She alleged that those who had conducted Yousafzai’s medical examination after the attack were all allotted plots by the government.

Zeb said she had broken her silence after years as there were other people who she felt proud of rather than Nobel laureate Yousafzai.

“My inner conscience has compelled me to spill the beans,” she added.

Zeb said that she would have remained silent, however, someone had tweeted that Zarmina Wazir, a girl who topped the CSS examinations in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, was inspired by Yousafzai.

This compelled her to come out with the “truth”.

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The PTI lawmaker maintained that Yousafzai could neither read or write at the time she “supposedly” wrote the Gul Makai.

“Did the students and teachers of the Army Public School  leave the educational institute?” she asked.

“There were dozens of girls that refused to submit to the pressure and continued their studies and are now graduating,” she added. “Show me a single achievement of Malala.”

Zeb’s series of tweets on the issue started off with this one:


She further tweeted:

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Kashif
    May 21, 2017 - 12:29AM

    Yeah, because you didn’t get the Nobel price makes you spit out crap. You don’t deserve it!Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 21, 2017 - 12:36AM

    All I can see is someone with an agenda to discredit the PTI ……. and its a pathetic attempt full of flaws. Another thing, its an unnecessary attempt because the PTI leaders are doing a pretty good job, on this front …. all by themselves. Recommend

  • Prime Pakistan
    May 21, 2017 - 1:05AM

    What you Have Achieved, you are only jealous of Malala. Malala is the daughter of landRecommend

  • M.Sethi
    May 21, 2017 - 1:33AM

    Absolutely agree with her !

    Malala was groomed to be used as a tool with a specific design to false flag an issue.The attention she got was part of the scheme to highlight the very same purpose.She garnered great influence as she was routinely invited by a variety of senior government, military, diplomatic and HR officials especially the US. Malala had gradually been groomed into an icon of young, female resistance against tyranny and oppression in her fight for the right to education.

    There are scores of extraordinary Pakistani kids who blog online, write diaries in publications and appear on TV. Then why was Malala the only selected candidate by the BBC ?Recommend

  • Rex
    May 21, 2017 - 2:41AM

    Yep, always suspected it. Now the “truth” comes out.
    People shot in the head don’t survive, so it must be true.Recommend

  • Zaviar Khan
    May 21, 2017 - 6:09AM

    Already we have some good responses. Just asking the honorable royal lady can she offer one of her kids if luckily she have one for a single shot in the leg if not in the head to be a Noble laureate.
    Have heard good stuff about the Swat roayl family and have a lot of respect for the great family. One good thing was its love and ownership of its people. Getting envious with Malala won’t harm her but it certainly would attract disdain for member of the royal family which has a great regard of not only the loving Swati but the general masses as well.Recommend

  • khan
    May 21, 2017 - 2:05PM

    this woman MNA seriously needs a mental checkup, as do most of her supporters…

    SAD.. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    May 21, 2017 - 3:42PM

    What this lady has to say about the fact that Malala was carried to CMH by an army helicopter & CMH is an Army institute Right?
    I’m not a Malala Fan but I’d love to get an answer on my Comment from this lady LOL Recommend

  • Fouad Maroof
    May 21, 2017 - 4:08PM


  • Rahul
    May 21, 2017 - 7:06PM

    PTI’s soft corner for TTP is well known! Imran Khan thinks TTP is just a bunch of misguided holy men.Recommend

  • Mary
    May 21, 2017 - 8:01PM

    This is all about money foreign non profits organization which are sponsoring malala are getting billions of dollars in her name thats it.Recommend

    May 21, 2017 - 9:02PM

    A clueless and hopeless woman can feel like that. Bullet shot n head, rushing her to CMH Peshawar and then shifting to UK hospital, all is pre-planned? Shame on such shallow and prejudice thinking. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 21, 2017 - 9:48PM

    Notice that MNA conveniently refuses to name those who allegedly approached her about this so called drama! Probably because then her story would fall apart!
    Just another insignificant politician using conspiracy theories to get in the news!Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 21, 2017 - 11:07PM

    The lady is delusional.Recommend

  • Bakhtawer Bilal
    May 21, 2017 - 11:26PM

    This lady is just looking for some cheap publicity. Recommend

  • Fida
    May 21, 2017 - 11:30PM

    Its just jelous your entire family can not reach her statusRecommend

  • Qaisar
    May 22, 2017 - 1:19AM

    I have read many conspiracy theorists. I like their work in that they put their brains and effort into what they say to make it plausible. Pakistani conspiracy theorists are just a jealous lot. They wish to bring you down, sully your reputation. This lady from PTI has literally lost her senses and her

  • Saad
    May 22, 2017 - 8:41AM

    She does have a point though. Recommend

  • Faisal Yousafzai
    May 22, 2017 - 11:29AM

    This is already known to everyone in KPK and Swat. Everyone in Malala’s hometown is convinced that it was a staged drama. Even local girls college students came on roads to protest when government decided to name their college after Malala and government had to take back the decision. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 22, 2017 - 1:16PM

    My inner conscience has compelled me to spill the beans,” she added.

    Why spill the beans ; madam your inner concious has deluded you to believe in the figment of your imagination. leave Malala in peace , no one leaves her birth place voluntarily to live in the land of foreigners. She will eventualy return to her ancestoryl home when she is able to serve.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • javed
    May 22, 2017 - 2:01PM

    This madam is just jealous of Malala global fame.As they belong to the former royla family of Swat stae and now living ordinary life ,while the ordinary Malala of a ordinary family enjoying global fame.Recommend

  • aualla
    May 22, 2017 - 3:41PM

    she is a fighting girlRecommend

  • Hidayat
    May 23, 2017 - 3:57AM

    Not a surprise….already known story…was a drama.Recommend

  • eddied
    May 23, 2017 - 4:14AM

    that is a complete lie…shame on you for writing this falsehood…Recommend

  • Yasir khawaja
    May 23, 2017 - 10:26AM

    i completely disagreed with the MNA Mussarat Ahmed Zeb who come-up with illogical and flawed statements to get attention from the media.
    Praised the efforts of a young Pashtun girl Malala to fight extremism, the scourge of our country, and to demand education for girls
    Malala highlighted the issue of girls’ education. She stood up to extremists.
    “Nobel doesn’t only recognize Malala. It acknowledges the brave people of Swat, many of whom have died as victims of terrorism and extremism. The Pakistan Army whose surgeons saved Malala when there was little hope of survival. The people of Pakistan, who have suffered innumerable losses and continue to do so. It is an award for us all.
    Malala. You have done us proud.”Recommend

  • Adil Shah
    May 23, 2017 - 5:58PM

    Agreed. The APS brave students and teachers are more deserving for any kind of award.Recommend

  • Ghumman
    May 23, 2017 - 6:25PM

    MNA absolutely right, can you count a single achievement by Malala. Recommend

  • saqibtahir
    May 23, 2017 - 7:38PM

    Forgotten were the elementary rules of logic, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.
    Christopher HitchensRecommend

  • Mama
    May 23, 2017 - 11:35PM

    This is really unfortunate because Malala is the product of forward looking policies of the Royal family of Swat. Mussarat should be proudly claiming Malala’s successes as the product of her ancestors brilliant policies. Shame really….Recommend

  • only truth is nature
    May 24, 2017 - 2:15AM

    @Faisal Yousafzai:
    So spoiling the face of Malala and shooting in a precise way to save her life was a drama.?? ??
    One can only shed tears on the IQ of all those who call it a drama. So Malaga is right that education is needed to open up the closed minds.Recommend

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