President, PM, political leaders condemn attack on Malala Yousafzai

Published: October 9, 2012
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Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Taliban when she was returning home from school.  PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ EXPRESS

Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Taliban when she was returning home from school. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD / KARACHI / WASHINGTON: Several political leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, condemned the Taliban attack on National Peace Award winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday.

Malala, who has been honoured by the government with the National Peace Award, was injured along with two other girls when Taliban gunmen shot her while she was on her way home from school. The Taliban said that she was targeted for being “pro-West” and will be targeted again if she survives.

President Zardari, while expressing concerns about Malala’s well-being, directed the concerned authorities to provide best possible medical assistance to the injured girls. He added that the terrorists would never be able to shake the resolve of the nation through such dastardly acts and the nation will continue to fight against militants till its logical conclusion.

The prime minister condemned the incident and assured that the government will bear all medical expenses. He further directed the hospital authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured. He also telephoned Malala’s father to express concern over the attack.

PM Ashraf also directed senior minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim to rush to Peshawar to convey the feelings of the president, PM, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.

Bilawal, in a statement, condemned the attack on Malala and said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was an enemy of Pakistan, Islam and humanity. He called for those living in denial to wake up and stand united against the internal threats faced by Pakistan.

Terming the attack an act of a “sick mindset”, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who had given Malala the peace award, said that such acts of terrorism were a reflection of barbarity, devoid of humanity and Islamic teachings.

The MQM chief termed the incident “blatant terrorism” and called for the perpetrators behind the act to be brought to justice. He appealed to the president, prime minister and Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take serious notice of the attack and take action against those involved.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) also issued a statement condemning the attack and terming it a “cowardice step”. The statement said that Malala kept receiving death threats but the government did not take any step to ensure her safety.

The party called for best medical assistance to the injured and demanded that the law enforcement agencies take strict action against those involved in this act.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as well as Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) have also condemned the attack.

US State Department

The US State Department, condemning the incident, said that directing violence at children was an inconceivable act of barbarism and cowardice.

In a statement sent to The Express Tribune, State Department Spokesperson Laura Lucas said, “Our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families.”

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Reader Comments (138)

  • Touseef Ahmad
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Sad News. May Allah grant her speedy and long lasting recovery. Amin

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  • S K Afridi
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:34PM

    May Allah Taala keep her under HIS PROTECTION and grant her early recovery from the bullet injuries. This is the most shameful act of terrorism which should not be allowed to go unpunished. The little girl is a beacon of light for all the children of Pakistan. It is the duty of the Government of Pakistan to provide best available medical treatment and also fool proof security to Malalay and her family.

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  • Nayla
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Poor, brave girl. Taliban are scum.

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  • sabi
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Imran Khan, if you have some courage and heart for poor Pakistanis, denounce taliban catagorically No half hearted statement will be accepted.You have divided the nation to fight with these beasts.

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  • Adnan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:50PM

    If ever we needed evidence that this terrible scourge- TTP- needs to wiped off the face of this earth: this is it.

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  • sabi
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Shame on those who still gives excuses for terrorists just to reach the power corridors
    You wouldn’t reach there: (Idhar ke rahe na udhar ke rahe..Na khuda hi mila na wasale-e- sanam).Malala you are not alone may God give you speedy recovery and peace.

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  • Baba Ji
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:56PM

    President, PM, political leaders : We condemn attack on Malala Yousafzai

    Taliban : so ?

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  • ANR
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:57PM

    What is the government going to do to ensure her security. Why not put blood money on the Taliban.

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  • rp
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:00PM

    why dont gov. kill all Taliban …why give assistance

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  • Baba Ji
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:00PM

    President, PM, political leaders : We condemn attack on Malala Yousafzai

    Taliban : so ?Recommend

  • Faheema
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Lets hope Maulana Fazal Ul Rehman, Qazi Ahmed, Syed Munnawar Hasan, Liaqat Baloch, Fazal Karim Imran Khan etc condemn this dastardly act Talibans too. If any of them has spine and unconscious They will otherwise?Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Condemnation is not enough… send the army to get these guys!

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  • YP Toronto
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Taliban, you are a coward lot, shame on you.

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  • PaKhtoon
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Thanks God, she is safeRecommend

  • Oct 9, 2012 - 8:11PM

    As usual deafening silence from Imran Khan and PTI folks. Shows on whose side they really are.

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  • Syed
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:13PM

    How can anyone shoot an unarmed small girl? these talibans are cowards. Why don’t we launch full fledged military operation against them and just totally clean the area from talibans.

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  • Waheed Mazhar
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:15PM

    I wonder whether religious parties in Pakistan and Mr. Imran Khan have the courage to condemn this extremely inhuman and savage act of extremists and would rally around the country like they did on other issues. And I also wonder whether this barbaric incident will make the ordinary people protest against the culprits or only a few political statements here and there would bury the issue. I also wonder whether the Urdu media will still keep harping that its not our war.

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  • syed
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:16PM

    is this because of a drone attack as imran khan argues?

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  • H.A. Khan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:16PM

    To show solidarity, daughters of Shaheed Benazir should go and pay her a visit.This will send a very powerful message

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  • ETrebel
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Not a lot of things move me these days, which is sad to say, But im desensitized to a lot of things, due to their frequency in the media.

    but this really has shook me to the core. Deeply Saddened by this event, How can you target a little girl? Shame on you TTP.

    This scourge must be eliminated. Its time for the rest of the people of the tribal regions to wake up to this menace, and eliminate them once and for all.

    This isnt a Pashtun vs Punjabi vs Rest of Pakistan thing.

    The TTP do not care for Pashtuns, and are not fighting for their rights.

    Id personally endorse a SERIOUS bounty on the head of Ehsanullah Ehsan and Hakimullah Mehsud, an operation to take them out by the SSG should be authorized immediately.

    It seems like certain agencies are taking these people way too lightly.

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  • Butt
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:26PM

    IK/PTI only reads comments in Urdu newspapers. Stop asking him to say anything.

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  • Butt
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:28PM

    By Monday, everyone will forget this incident and will condone the drones strikes again.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:30PM

    “President Zardari, while expressing concerns about Malala’s well-being, directed the concerned authorities to provide best possible medical assistance to the injured girls”. Did you make any hospital in Pakistan a world class hospital, when you sneeze,you run to the hospital in Dubai and some of your cabinet members go to India( remember that doctor of law), and western countries. This poor girl is depended on a 2nd rate hospital, go visit the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.Recommend

  • i-umaid
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:41PM

    enough is enough, Pak Army Please !!!!!!!! kill us all or kill them all, I am 100% sure you can wipe them out then whats you are waiting for ???????

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  • Abid Khan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:48PM

    Don’t use Malala for political purposes. It is sad for everyone and Imran Khan denounce these acts clearly. She is beautiful child and voice of our country for peace and progress. Please avoid it as it will hurt her soul and her purpose. Imran talks about peace which is clear message of Malala. Don’t confuse things.

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  • THE
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Ya Allah, please give her a speedy recovery. Ameen.

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  • Amer
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:53PM

    We should announce a bounty for the head of the person who shot at Malala, other girls.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Not enough outrage to disown Taliban

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  • Pungi
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:08PM

    *I wish all the anti-PTI people could read Imran’s condemnation to this cowardly attack…& Shame on all those who r still doing political mud-slinging on this issue..! *

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  • Critical
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:09PM

    Lets condemn Drone Attacks on terrorists

    and recommend Carpet bombing!!!!!!!!

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  • pakistani
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:10PM

    Sad news may ALLAH gave her health and long life.Shame on u TTP for this act killing children s not a brave act.Americans please kill them as our govet is potent with no courage and respect and poor ppl are being killed.ALAS we r doing long marches for these killers.Shame on TTP supportersRecommend

  • Enlightened
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Mere condemnations will not suffice. It is difficult to understand the tactics employed by military who has not so far conducted any coordinated operations using counter-insurgency tactics ie in simple terms sandwiching the militants and inflict maximum casualities on them and also killing their top leaders. Most of the times, TTP escape to safe havens of Afghanistan and NW and their infrastructure remains intact to fight back another day. Aerial and artillery bombardment is the least effective method to eliminate the militants but both have been used extensively and thousands of militants have been claimed to be killed without verification on the ground, a claim which is far from truth. The military also has to change its strategy and hold areas by positioning troops in areas cleared of the militants since they return as quickly after troops leave the place. Change of strategy along with launching of coordinated operations would definitely result in decisive victory against the TTP which is not at all difficult for professional and well trained Pakistan army.

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  • Fauzia
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Why it takes so long for comments to appear on this website. Most of the time they don’t at all. So frustrating..

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  • Roof Afza
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @Baba Ji:
    Barkurdaar. Dont you know how things flow in this country? Thats is the beauty of this land key condemnation will come at a wholesale rate. Many comdemnation from her koi aira ghair nathuu ghaira, all the way from eliet to a begger, but there will be no action taken. A tell tell sign of a dead nation which is getting prepared for Allah’s fuery. Could be very soon.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Malala has paid the price to educate the children in the remote area which is dominated by the so called Muslims who do not want that girls should get education.

    It’s a terrible day for Pakistan and shows as how girls and women are treated in our society who want to take a extra step to take the nation forward.

    My prayers are with you Malala. May Al-Mighty Allah save you with health. Aameen

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  • IceSoul
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Will Bilour or any other leader now put a bounty on the head of the attackers?

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  • Roof Afza
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:22PM

    @Syed:
    how can you kill cockrotches? Can you? you simply cannot. No matter how much poison you can use, they will still emerge from gutter, if not your gutter, from your neighbors gutter.Recommend

  • IceSoul
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Abid Khan: Are you insane? Malala (and everyone else) wants peace, but there can be no peace as long as these savages are allowed to live!

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  • Rabiya
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:28PM

    All political leaders have expressed diplomatic concern, and condemned the act. How about some action…how about punishment to the perpetrator? Talk is free.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:29PM

    Yep… Let’s negotiate with these Taliban animals.

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  • Mazhar
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Thanks Imran Khan for supporting Talibans and calling yourself courageous. Now show some courage and announce a rally in Swat in support of Malala. If you really need votes from liberal and secular Pakistanis

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  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:37PM

    Killing innocent men and women. Why dont they fight the US and others in the field rather than through suicide bombings. Recommend

  • UpYours
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:42PM

    When will the mulah’s speak out or they part of pakistans problem..

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  • Skintaj
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:44PM

    TTP !!!!!!! These TTP cowards could attack a little innocent girl.. They are afraid of educated women as they might challenge their mardanigi one day !!!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Haroon Khan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:46PM

    The govt must provide her special security.

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  • DarKnight
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:48PM

    How come no pakistanis on the street to protest against the atrocities of Taliban as we saw while protesting against the absurd movie. ??????Recommend

  • Shaikh Chilli
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:48PM

    These dirty Taliban are illiterate scum who are indiscriminately butchering innocents. Where is Imran Khan now? The drone attacks should continue until these animals are completely neutralized.

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  • Azim
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:00PM

    Taliban kill in the name of religion, Jirga’s/tribes kill women in the name of honour, a common Pakistan men hits/dis-respects women in the name of gheerat, even a Pakistani father deprives her daughter right for education/equal-status/food in the name of economic value; I see so many like Taliban’s all around – we Pakistani men can’t fight and defeat our ego, our absurd beliefs, so how dare we talk about fighting these hired mullahs/guns!

    And stop blaming the government, we get what we deserve, governments are as good or as bad as the nation they rule.

    This 15 year old girl was much stronger then millions of men in this country…..men who have no clue no control nor have any ability to stand for what they believe is right….men who only know how to serve their false ego.

    Ashamed to be a Pakistani…and sick of the the version of Islam being enforced and exposed to!

    A totally disgusted Pakistani.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:03PM

    These innocent victims should be treated in military hospitals like the generals and other officials. We do not make hospitals for general public we make madarsas.
    Of course Taliban attempted to kill these innocent girls due to the drone attacks. They would not stop attacking them (just like BB) till they are successful. What a shame that some rightwing politicians and their supporters still find excuses for these blatant and brutal murders of Pakistani civilians. Were these girls operating the drones? These terrorists are the lowest of the lows in the entire history of the world. No other organization exclusively target innocent civilians regularly without shame. Where is our over half a million strong army now?

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  • saqif saeed
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:03PM

    On the day Malala was attacked,Imran was still denouncing Drone attacks ..The priorities of our future PM are obvious!!

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  • Lansing
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:11PM

    @Nayla:

    TTP — cowards

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  • Qaisar jan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Imran Khan has strongly condemned it , rather PTI has issued an official statement. Its not Imran Khan;s fault, its one of the countless failures of this govt, as ever they sprinkle salt on top of it, first Interior Minister sahab openly denounced Taliban’s involvement and said its some defunct group, then PM Sahab called Malala an IT expert in the Senate, and asked the senior minister to visit her without knowing tha the aforementioned minister is in Turkey Recommend

  • Khanisalier
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:17PM
  • kaalchakra
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:19PM

    May Allah grant the little girl speedy recovery. So long as the drone attacks continue, such unfortunate incidences against innocent people will keep transpiring. The forces of darkness released by Gandhi and Nehru are now hurting Muslims in both India and Pakistan. Let’s pray that the nation leaves behind the violent ways of Gandhi-Baccha khan inspired irrational regressive forces and walks in the constitutionalist, federalist, consociationalist and rationalist steps of the Great Quaid and Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan.

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  • theman
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:19PM

    IK please don’t condemn talebaan under pressure you will lose my vote for sure.

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  • Rafiq
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:23PM

    Our Govt is reponsible of these barbaric acts by TTP. I think they are either afraid or behind scene they are with TTP. PPP or Govt have no courage to say that’s enough. TTP you are done. Coward Govt.!! Shamless, coward , meek Leaders.I don’t know when we will get rid of these Coward leaders.Recommend

  • waqas ahmad
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:28PM

    they are protected on self not to public where is minster of rilways any one bounty hunter for nobel casue to protect human life

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  • Alamgir
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Dear Indian friends, this sad incident proves that Pakistanis are victims of terrorism. India should at least now stop talking about 26/11, vacate siachen, and hand over Modi to Pakistan. Manmohan Singh should visit Pakistan next month and solve Kashmir.

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  • Oct 9, 2012 - 10:37PM

    i am not pro taliban but after research no brutality against women and children were reported BUT ttp is a different story they are coward ruthless and somehow they push the agenda of america most blasts in pakistan are done by them mostly hate propagenda is by them i have a nagging feeling they are funded and protected by our FRIEND LONG LIVE AMERICA.

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  • Saqib
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:49PM

    I think it is the reaction of Imran Khan peace rally .. bcoz now U.S thinks they are going to spoil there plan

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  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:50PM

    @Alamgir
    Pakistanis are victims of their own homegrown terrorism – Indians are victims of Pakistani terrorism; that’s the big difference. Your govt / public is still protecting the plotters of 26/11, so why should the Indians keep quiet about that. What has Siachin to do with terrorism; and what has Modi done to Pakistanis, that he be handed over to you?
    Perhaps if you started by not separating “good” terrorists (i.e those who hurt Americans/ NATO / Indians etc) and “bad” ones, and treating them all as “bad”. You really think the Taliban will go back to their old day jobs, if America ends the “war on terror” and withdraws from Afg, as Imran seems to believe?

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @Pungi: Perhaps you should read your leader’s weak statement on the horrible incident. Mr Imran Khan has condemned it, BUT in the same breath played politics by starting a blame game of pointing fingers at the law and order handling of the ‘current government’. Also, Mr. Imran Khan only demands a ‘thorough investigation’ of the matter – that’s it. No resolve, no revulsion, no determination to eliminate the animals responsible for such heinous acts. No promises for a dharnas or marches. I guess it would have taken a bigger man and leader than Imran Khan to say something like: “Today, we are all one against Taliban and their sympathizers. There is no excuse and justification for targeting our children. We stand behind our army and government in doing all that is required to eliminate this threat once and forever”.

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  • Aoun sami
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:07PM

    The sad incident came with a shock for entire Nation. She is true representative of Pakistani youth in terror stricken region. Her courage and determination has defeated the terrorist and their ideology. Her resolute has terrorized the TTP. They have gone so week and mean that now they are unable to hide their real face. Those who used to talk good about there them and their cause should have understood by now what is their real goal. TTP is sadly mistaken in its ideology and the way they are implementing it. No argument can support there cause. If they think that they can undermine the will and determination of youth? They will wont. Malala will recover and she will come back stronger.
    Entire Pakistan is praying for health of Malala; sign of courage, resolute and enlightenment.
    SHE IS REAL PAKISTAN !

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:14PM

    @theman:
    @kaalchakra:
    The attack on this minor but brave girl has no connection with drones or your ulta-pulta Gandhi-Bacha Khan analysis. Shame on you for supporting these barbarians and killings of innocent people but putting blame on drone attacks.The true jihadis dont kill unarmed innocent people and women but instead protect them so Taleban are not true jihadis but ‘impotent cowards’ who are not following the true teachings of Islam and you both fall in the same category Recommend

  • YP Toronto
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:28PM

    Imran Khan [email protected]

    Malale is a courageous daughter of Pakistan who fought against tyranny. PTI stands ready to do whatever it is that is required to help her.
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    1h Imran Khan Imran Khan [email protected]

    I have offered to pick up all expenses of young Malale Yousafzai’s treatment here and abroad. I stand with the family in this diffucult hour
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    2h Imran Khan Imran Khan [email protected]

    2/2 Condemn the brutal terrorists who target anyone including young girls. These governments – fed and prov r culpable of negligence
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    11:23 AM – 9 Oct 12 · Details
    2h Imran Khan Imran Khan [email protected]

    1/2 Deeply concerned about the cowardly attack on Malalai Yiusafzai. Condemned in a press con earlier. Brave girl. Praying for her recovery

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  • AAHmed
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:29PM

    ISLAM???????????????????????????????

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  • khan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:30PM

    army should start its last operation…use nuclear artillery,,carpet bombing,,cluster bombing…use every weapon you have ,,,call to the people they will also join you….and end it when their leaders is dead…dont drive them towords afghanistan…do what they did to our solders when they ambush them…..raise lashkars against them equip them…every body just tired of see this on a daily bases..

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  • Sid
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:32PM

    The Taliban said that “she was targeted for being “ Pro-West”. What makes someone to be labeled as ” Pro west ” ?

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  • Tanveer
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:34PM

    Malala, you were not to be born in this country… We cannot tolerate having someone like you among us… we are sheeps, we are cowards… some of us attacks you and rest of us are sitting like ducks to wait for our turn…

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  • Sohail Iqbal
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Why all this happining, was it happened before 9/11 and war on terror. Our jump in such war is responsible for. There are many more ifants, killed by bombing.
    only Imran khan may be a chance to resolve it

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  • abid
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:51PM

    I dont believe its ttp who is behind it despite what the media says. they would know that the whole community will go against them. there is something else which is going on. its very sad what have happent to her. May Allah give her quick recovery.

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  • Parvez
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:21AM

    The TTP or those who did this are criminals and it is the Government’s of Pakistan past and present who are primarily to blame along with the people of Pakistan who support these criminal elements.

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  • abid
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:24AM

    she is only 14 years old. try to understand that if it was the ttp they have only injured her, not try to kill her. injuring would have been enough. its the americans and their agenda who have gained from this very sad incidents. but what can we do against the americans?. we have a looser army,government leader ship who are the americans slaves. thats my opinion. please e.t put it in the comments.

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  • Minto
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:27AM

    @sabi: Imran Khan has already condemned the Taliban ‘brutal terrorists who target anyone including young girls’. Check Imran Khan’s twitter account. May Allah grant speedy recovery to Malala, ameen.

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:28AM

    @Sohail Iqbal:
    What kind of logic is that? Nothing like this happened before the fall of communism in Russia either. So, what does that prove? Judging from your response, it appears Imran Khan has successfully groomed an army of confused Taliban apologists and west-haters, at the expense of true moderation and rationality.Recommend

  • Something Clever
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:34AM

    @Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi:
    Because they’d lose miserably that way and they know it.

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  • Rizwan Ansary
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:36AM

    @shaikh chilli, mazhar, syed, sir king kong bunty, faheema, waheed mazhar, sabi

    Here is what Imran Khan’s Twitter feed says

    2h ago [email protected]
    Malale is a courageous daughter of Pakistan who fought against tyranny. PTI stands ready to do whatever it is that is required to help her.

    3h ago [email protected]
    I have offered to pick up all expenses of young Malale Yousafzai’s treatment here and abroad. I stand with the family in this diffucult hour

    3h ago [email protected]
    2/2 Condemn the brutal terrorists who target anyone including young girls. These governments – fed and prov r culpable of negligence

    3h ago [email protected]
    1/2 Deeply concerned about the cowardly attack on Malalai Yiusafzai. Condemned in a press con earlier. Brave girl. Praying for her recovery

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  • Tanweer ahmad
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Abu hurairah (r.a) relates that the Holy Prophet ( Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said : A muslim is a brother of a muslim He should not cheat him , nor tell him a lie, nor humiliate him. Everything of a muslim is forbidden to a muslim, his property and his BLOOD .
    Righteousness is a quality of the heart . It is enough evil for a person to look down upon his brother muslim.( Bokhari and Muslim).
    Allas these fanatic Mullahs and their like , are indeed responsible for the bloodshed in Pakistan.

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  • Kakar
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Machette at home, whosoever did this should be 6 feet down in the belly of earth
    whole the country will take this action as act of disgrace. the culprit should be confront with the law, high authorities and the country men whould be considered as culprits for this falony
    This irate gesture, which is send to hapless sister, must be exhibit in the ground, man to man, whether has it came from east or west. I have only complain against my own country’s executives, for which sake they have given a free hand to this so cold blooded maniacs.
    in this regard nation pays u 75 to 85 % budget. no. take this matter seriously because this is a big challenge given to all of us. Not any talib nor any drone should fly in our skyies.
    We whole nation condemn mantioned ploy against a peaceful and democratic societies and a state.
    In short, only a vigilant sort of measure against these pest can save the state and the earth. Thanks

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Guys, please dont blame IK. All this is happening because of Drones and Army Operations. Taliban are also Muslims but some are misguided and become bad (TTP). What IK says is that we should change people by negotiation and Inshallah, one day there`ll be peace.

    Now, its a very sad news about Salala but also she has provoked the Groups. Also, we are not definitely sure as to who has done this attack. The News report are always not true and therefore,as IK has said, there must be thorough investigation to see who`s responsible.Recommend

  • anonymous
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Now how can you have talks of peace with these people? The recent march of PTI should have been against the likes of her attacker, against the extremists/fundamentalists, and less so against the drones.

    GET THE PRIORITIES RIGHT!

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  • awk
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:16AM

    Whateva happened with Malala was brutal, inhuman and a coward’s step… BUT why our media, our politicians, our society, our namesake LITERATE people, our army is SILENT for them… Doesn’t anyone care about them at all…? Hundreds of Malala Yousuf Zai’s have died in these Drone Attacks.. Whose going to pray for them…? Whose going to save them….?

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  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:21AM

    Time for a reset in Pakistani justice. Now we see people “disappear” from the streets across the country, never to be seen again after being whisked away by twin cab pickups, while terrorists/militants are routinely released due to “lack of evidence” or just somehow “escape” from prison without the guards firing a shot! HOW ABOUT MAKING THE KNOW/ARRESTED TERRORISTS ALSO DISAPPEAR, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN!!!!

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  • Jamshed
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:36AM

    Condemnation is not enough. All madrassas should be closed and no new mosques should be allowed to be built. I used to live in F-10 in Islamabad and there were plenty of prayer places for me to go to in either direction. I now hear that the green belt on the outskirts of F-10/3 has another mosque going up. So clearly, the prayers alone are not enough and not doing their job. For all the mosques being built, one would think that the people would have better morals, would be kind, patient, well behaved etc but its the other way around. Obnoxious, impatient, unkind and quick to pass judgment on others is the order of the day. I miss the days when I was a child and didn’t know that such hatred could also spring from people of my faith.

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 1:39AM

    @saqif saeed:
    “On the day Malala was attacked,Imran was still denouncing Drone attacks ..The priorities of our future PM are obvious!!”

    It is time to stand up in support of girls like Malala and take action against the criminals and their patronisers. Shame on them. Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2012 - 1:41AM

    These Mullahs need to be dealt with by an iron hand these munafiqs are destroying Islam in Pakistan – not Muslims like Malala who are following the simple Sunnah of our prophet pbuh – the sunnah to seek education

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  • someone
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:47AM

    I am sure there are people in Pakistan who still would not condemn the Taliban categorically and unreservedly. That’s just a shame Pakistan.

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  • BRUISED INDIAN
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:56AM

    @Qaisar jan: Sir, they condemned the ACT and NOT the taliban.Recommend

  • saleem
    Oct 10, 2012 - 2:01AM

    what is the use of the Pakistan Army, ISI , IB etc etc if we cannot use atomic bombs on the Taliban and eliminate them completely

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  • Tamur
    Oct 10, 2012 - 2:09AM

    So Pakistanis support PTI movement condemning US Drone Attacks which are actually meant to eliminate the Taliban. Now Pakistanis like to kill the Taliban.

    The only reason Pakistan Army does not take action is because a majority of Pakistanis actually support the Taliban.

    For God’s Sake, make up your minds whose side are you on?

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  • Tamur
    Oct 10, 2012 - 2:37AM

    @abid: It is people with your mindset who need to accept that Taliban do exist and are not Muslims. Their actions denounce Islam and they practise the ways of Pre-Islamic Idol Worshopping Kafirs. In essence they are doing everything that Islam Forbids.

    As far as injuring or killing the young 14 year old, who gave them the right to act like gods to decide if someone should live or die.

    The only reason Taliban exist is because in their hearts of heart, majority of Pakistanis support the Taliban.

    Btw, IK went to support the Taliban by condemning the drone attacks which are actually meant to destroy them. Pak Army does not act because it fears retaliation from the public, which could lead to civil unrest.

    So fellow Pakistanis. Make up your minds!

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  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:12AM

    @Rizwan Ansary:

    Does Imran Khan Saheb knows how to spell T A L I B A N? Has he lost his voice to laryngitis? How many Pakistanis out of 200 million tweet?

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:19AM

    When will we start calling Taliban what they are that is “Animals”. Taliban are animals and we all know this.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:21AM

    @Azim Two thumbs up! Very well said indeed.

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  • saeed
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:25AM

    In Pakistan it seem like only three political parties PPP ,ANP ,
    MQM have courage to fight these evil People. And rest of nation is silent supporters of Taliban.

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  • nasir
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:47AM

    I now support the drone attacks… only on Taliban

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  • Jat
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:55AM

    @Syed: “…Why don’t we launch full fledged military operation against them…”

    These Taliban are the favorite children of your military; the so called strategic assets.

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  • jugno
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:34AM

    @sabi:
    I doubt if Imran Khan (Talban Khan) will denounce this incident as he has never denounced any Talban violent act before. He does not want to annoy his masters.

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 4:36AM

    @Mirza:
    U R right in madarsas people gets religious education and becomes a MULLAH OR TALABAN. the innocent Malala should treated in best hospitals

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  • jugno
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:38AM

    @Faheema:
    All religious parties including Jamaat-e-Islami, Fazal-ur-Rehman, Tahreek-e-Insaaf parties never denounce Talban violent acts as these are their supporters. I wonder how come Army also supports these barbarians? pak is reaping now what they sow earlier.

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  • azaz
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:41AM

    A gunman stopping school vehicle having malala inside, getting on the vehicle target infront had has shots on malala and injuring two other girl’s as well now tell me how come on the earth drones strike the exact target without civilian casualties … wonder isnt it? so get life you web commenting breed of pakistan

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  • jugno
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:42AM

    @PakArmySoldier:
    can not negotiate with fanatics!

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  • Jat
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:44AM

    @H Chaudhry: “When will we start calling Taliban what they are that is “Animals”. Taliban are animals and we all know this.”

    As soon as you get permission from ISPR and PTI trolls.

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  • Fundar
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:59AM

    Dear IK your calling this a ‘cowardly act’ is cowardly….. Can’t you just come out and say it!!!!!

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  • S. Israr Ali
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:25AM

    The West specially US should realise the Pakistan and its people are paying so dearly as their land has become battle/killing field for a war fought by west here to keep themselves safe and secure in their lands. Supreme sacrifices given by Pakistanis should be realised and acknowledged by giving them due respect in the world.

    Further emergency should be imposed in affected areas by suspending the operation of normal laws and such elements bringing death and destruction should be purged once for all by waging a serious war by the state to bring a lasting peace.

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  • Dr. Shafique
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:28AM

    @sabi:

    Not just the Pakistani community but the entire world is shocked at this stone-age barbarism by beasts who commit heinous crimes in the name of religion, and now want to take over the reigns of government through populists such as Imran Khan who has been fooling people by promising the moon. This little girl deserves our respect and affection and support for her unique courage and conviction against a tribe of bandits who just want to destroy everything that is linked with civilization and modernity. I hope Pakistani activists find the courage to suggest this brave little girl’s name for the Nobel Peace Prize which she richly deserves. It will make her attackers aware that they cannot touch her without risking international condemnation (which has already been forthcoming as a result of the attack on her). What are they getting by stopping children from attending schools? They are destroying an entire generation of nation builders which Pakistan badly needs, not madrassah indoctrinated people. The pathetic story, however, is that populists such as Imran Khan are too afraid to criticize the barbarians who perpetrated this atrocity on a child. Imran was also too afraid to criticize the mullah who fraudulently trumped up blasphemy charges against 11 year old Rimsha or the abduction, forcible conversion and “marriage” of a 14 year old Hindu girl to an old man who could easily be her grandfather’s age. Dear Pakistanis, you can well imagine what will happen to girls and women if jihadis and Talibanis came to power through the backdoor with the support of some populist, power-hungry politicians.

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  • Maria
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:03AM

    Such cowards- attacking little girls to please their foreign masters. Let them fight the army like men but instead they want to harm children! Shame on them.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:20AM

    @UpYours:
    Mullah is the cause… I have said it before and I’ll repeat: Mullahs present an existential threat to the state of Pakistan.

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  • Hate_TTP
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:37AM

    It is shameful act by the coward TTP. Neither they are Muslims not Pashtuns. They should be wiped out with all their remaining immediately – Everyone on this site is requesting that. And i am sure 60-70 percent of Pakistan will vote against them and will ask their elimination. BUT have you ever thought that the so called powerful (one of the worlds best) army is not doing what actually needed to be done. May be it is not easily understood by a common person. I may not be right, but existence of such elements like TTP may be part of a great game of some powers, may be govt. itself is happy in ON and OFF policy. Who knows what is the reason to keep them alive still, even if all of us hate them. Is army not capable of doing so?…. then may Allah save us all. Or TTP might have some sort of strong bonding with the army and working as proxies in Afghanistan and other areas… and by this our army and govt. is trying to blackmail US and others and asking for more and more money….I think at the end, the common people have to take arms and make their own army and kill each and every existing creature who calls them Taliban…

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  • Anjum
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:39AM

    Imran Khan wants to have peace dialogue with these barbarian…..!!
    “Allah Hafiz” to his politics and policies…..!!!

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  • Anjum
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:40AM

    Definately I dont support any innocent people dying due to drones, but I completely “supoort drones” as far as they are cleaning our home which we should have done long ago by killing these cockroaches.

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  • ALI
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:51AM

    President OBHAMA ordered CIA to Kill the Malala Yousafza in order to reduce the pressure due to Imran Khan peace March against drone. As Obhama want to show there is Talban so my Drone policy is not wrong. Obhama Order to kill her only to show there is Talban in Pakistan, Obhama want to reduce presure after IMran peace March..

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  • Charvaha
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:53AM

    where is taliban khan, the march to waziristan guy?

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 8:02AM

    Its encouraging that nobody is today talking about TTP being RAW/CIA agents. They are clearly not. They never were. They are an ugly extension of Pakistan and its policies. They are NOT going to go away once the Afghanistan war is ramped down by NATO.

    if you see the growth pattern over the years, they have grown more stronger. Even though they have been routed by Army operations, they have come back, typical guerrilla style. They attack soft targets, target when they have to. They even give permission to top Pakistani politicians to conduct rallies in their territory.

    This shows that they have amassed strength riding on the apathy of the ordinary Pakistanis.

    As always Indians have been right with respect to Pakistan. TTP is wholly home grown movement with deadly intentions.

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  • Soh
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:06AM

    @ most of the commentators

    What bakwas is this? Is that the best you can offer? ‘May GOD give her a speedy recovery’? This should be done or that should be done. Tell me, who will do it if not you and I. Kon karay deal in cheezon say?
    Only a handful of people were required, compared to millions, to make Pakistan and another handful of people might just be reading this article, who are capable enough to direct this country. We need a vision and we NEED to take a stand.
    But I can already tell what you’re going to do. Close the browser and watch a movie half an hour later.
    I tell myself what I have to do and its high time that YOU ask yourself what YOU need to do. Not your neighbor, not Imran Khan, not anybody but you

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  • Ozy
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:42AM

    Prayers for speedy recovery of Malala and her friends. She is a symbol of hope in a society where there is ignorance, intolerance, hypocrisy, and suffocation. Taliban is a cancerous ideology. And there are people who talk of negotiating with these beasts. The world should start with killing the ideology where it originates from. That is Saudi Arab the number 1 hypocrite and factory of intolerance, terror and violence.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:57AM

    If the PTI chief has any real concern for Malala and atrocities committed by Taleban which are far worst than the drone attacks, he should lead protest marches against them. Mere tweeting is not enough which is just a meaningless exercise since his message will never reach the common masses. But if Imran is a REAL leader who cares for the masses, he should show courage and condemn the TTP in open rallies otherwise people as well as his supporters should NOT vote for him and PTI candidates as he does not deserve to lead the country and only enacting a drama to reach at the top.

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  • Mubashir
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:58AM

    What kind of cowards would sneak attack a 14 year old girl. She has more guts than all those Taliban combined because she dared to take them on. May Allah bless her and grant her speedy recovery. What kind of animals are we dealing with disguised as humans??

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  • Fahad
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:21AM

    What about drones? They are killing hundreds of innocent children as well. We should all take a stand against drones as well.

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  • Hjsam
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Imran Khan this girl has more gutts than you for standing up to the taliban.

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  • Muhammad Aftab
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Curse on these Taliban.
    tell me so-called mulla is it permissible in islam to attack on wonen?
    This is very inhuman act.

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  • Jawad Iqbal Jawad
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:08AM

    Only condemnation is not sufficient. Malala must be given full protect or should be kept away from the endangered area. She is a brilliant star child and we cannot afford losing such intelligent rather brilliant daughters. May Allah give us complete health. Ameen

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  • Think!!!
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:43AM

    wonder what blackwater and CIA is doing in Pakistan.. may be selling fruits, haan?!

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Are Taliban (the barbarians) presenting the true and real Islam in the society and before the world by doing such these types of barbaric activities with the innocent and sinless people especially importantly children and women and did they want to implement this type of self-made and hand-made Islamic system in Malakand division especially Swat?????

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  • nazeer
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:00AM

    MAy ALLAH save her from such attacks

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 11:03AM

    ALLAH MAY SHE LIVE LONG PRAY FOR HER TO RECOVER SOON!

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  • Asad
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:06AM

    This is so embarrassing for us, I can just condemn, I am so helpless.

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  • sabi
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:09AM

    @Dr. Shafique:
    Thanks for your sincere thoughts.I agree with you wholeheartedly.
    I believe that beasts are not condemned but adressed.Now people of Pakistan should stand behind these innocent girls Rinkal kumari Rimsha Masih.Malala and advocate for their rights without any ifs and buts.Let pakistani public decide that these innocents children striving for education are the real assets and not these beasts which are being protected as ‘strategic’ assets.I really appriciate your idea that Malala should be taken care of and be promoted for nobel peace prize.I pray that this little women get speedy recovery and full health and start her life according to her wishes.And on the other hand this present lot of elites has neither any vision nor any mood to get rid of this mess.Let us wait for a reformer if there is any!
    Regards,

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  • Amjaf
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Our all prayers are with her for full recovery and long life ameen. May Allah bless our Malala –ameen

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  • Jat
    Oct 10, 2012 - 12:37PM

    @Enlightened: Tweeting is much safer for the brave Imran Khan. A big majority of Pakistanis depend on Urdu newspapers and Taliban don’t use twitter.

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  • theman
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:20PM

    How long will be only condemn these attacks? Isn’t it time to take the fight to the enemy’s doorsteps? Imagine the plight of women and girls in the areas these beasts rule mostly in FATA and KP. Will we wait for them to come to our cities and destroy our lives?

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  • theman
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:25PM

    How long will we only condemn these attacks? Isn’t it time to take the fight to the enemy’s doorsteps? Imagine the plight of women and girls in the areas these beasts rule mostly in FATA and KP. Will we wait for them to come to our cities and destroy our lives?

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @sabi:
    “Imran Khan, if you have some courage and heart for poor Pakistanis, denounce taliban catagorically No half hearted statement will be accepted.You have divided the nation to fight with these beasts.”

    Funny, there are people who would still vote for the cricketer.

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  • Oct 10, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @ALI:
    “President OBHAMA ordered CIA to Kill the Malala Yousafza in order to reduce the pressure due to Imran Khan peace March against drone. As Obhama want to show there is Talban so my Drone policy is not wrong. Obhama Order to kill her only to show there is Talban in Pakistan, Obhama want to reduce presure after IMran peace March..”

    Did this Obhama guy send you copy of this order?

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  • Daanish
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:29PM

    Imran Khan should strictly (sakhti ke saath) negotiate with the Taliban so that they don’t every shoot a child again!

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  • jugnoo
    Oct 11, 2012 - 3:18AM

    @rubina riaz:
    This is your conspiracy theory to put blame on others.

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  • jugnoo
    Oct 11, 2012 - 3:25AM

    Very good suggestions! @sabi:

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  • Amjad
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Liberal and democratic PPP government has once again taken the road most taken. Instead of bending forces the religious orthodoxy, it has sought to fight against extremists trying to besiege this nation. In the process, the PPP has once again won the trust of those liberal and progressive sections of society that had voted for it. In process to counter mullahism , the PPP has stuck to its founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s legacy of struggle, which ultimately dragged him to the gallows. Martyrdom of Salman Taseer is not the first sacrifice by PPP against fanatics, Z.A Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and several workers laid their lives in this struggle. PPP is the only ray of hope to nudge Pakistan on the path of liberalism and secularism.

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