General Kayani condemns attack on Malala

Published: October 10, 2012
Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, inquiring about the health and treatment being given to Malala Yousafzai during the visit to CMH Peshawar on Wednesday. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, inquiring about the health and treatment being given to Malala Yousafzai during the visit to CMH Peshawar on Wednesday. PHOTO: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar to oversee the treatment being given to Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in broad daylight on Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

Strongly condemning the act of terrorism, Kayani said, “The cowards who attacked Malala and her fellow students have time and again shown how little regard they have for human life and how low they can stoop to impose their twisted ideology.”

He said this is was not the first time that militants had targeted children, the attack on Parade Lane in Rawalpindi “was a reminder of their bloodlust.”

Quoting Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) saying that “the one who is not kind to children, is not amongst us”, Kayani said the militants did not have respect for the words of the Holy Prophet. He added that such inhumane acts clearly exposed the extremist mindset the nation was facing.

He said, “By attacking Malala, the terrorists have failed to understand that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope, which vindicates the sacrifices that the people of Swat and the nation had given for saving the valley from the plague of terrorism.”

Kayani said that Malala became a symbol for the values that the Army, with the nation behind it, is fighting to preserve future generations, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations said.

He said, “These are the intrinsic values of an Islamic society, based on the principles of liberty, justice and equality of man. Islam guarantees each individual – male or female – equal and inalienable right to life, property and human dignity, with faith and education as the chief obligations to achieve enlightenment.”

“We wish to bring home a simple message: We refuse to bow before terror. We will fight, regardless of the cost we will prevail,” he said. The COAS reiterated that the terrorists underestimated the resolve and resilience of the people of Pakistan.

“It is time we united and stood up to fight the propagators of such barbaric mindset and their sympathisers.”


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  • Parvez
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Condemning is not good enough………………do something.Recommend

  • H.A. Khan
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:29PM

    So please do something about it………….


  • Hussain
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Army and people of Pakistan should find those cowards and animal TTP militant and hang them publicly.

    These TTP, toys of jews and raw should be shot on sight. No mercy should be show to them.


  • Oct 10, 2012 - 3:36PM

    A welcome statement from COAS and ISPR. However nothing from Imran or PTI still. I think the biggest takeway from the tragic episode of Malala’s shooting has been the how the PTI and Imran have been exposed. ET you must publish my message as I am keen to hear from the PTI folks who are always ready to shower praises on the “Beloved Leader” but since yesterday have kept absolute silence.


  • Super sequel
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Just like those redneck hippies in USA who scream “bomb Iran!” It’s time for us to shout “bomb Waziristan!” Enough is enough, General, lets get rid of these pollutants once and for all.


  • Timour
    Oct 10, 2012 - 3:42PM

    I like what I’m hearing, but where is the action to back it up ?


  • Khan of Jandul
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Mr. Kyani! Only condemnation of the this inhuman act is not sufficient. You have to take practical step to eradicate this menace and eradicating this monster of radicalism cannot be done through military operations in Pashtun areas, but you have to dismantle the entire infrastructure that is sustaining this monster. You have to purge the Army, bureaucracy , and other organizations from the supporters and sympathizers of extremists.


  • IceSoul
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Sir, the time for condemning things is past; now is the time to strike with an iron fist!Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Shame on our political and religious leaders that cannot personally visit and openly and strongly condemn not just this act of terrorism and hate, but the ideology that drives this terrorism and hate, as Gen. Kayani has done.


  • Saleem
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Terrorists not militants mr kayani. Your organisstion and isi should take responsibility for nurturing them for years and allowing them to become so audacious.Recommend

  • Jinn
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:36PM

    All kind of extermisine would be eleiminate only when we all individual start beleiving Quran in letter and sprit and no other books. Because all different ideology which supposedly backed in the name of Islam is from all other books, which Quran declined them staright away. Second advantage of doing this InshaALLAH mercy will start coming in shape of humbleness and bortherhood and less Sects in society.


  • Cautious
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Kudos to Kayani. Where are the religious leaders – mute as usual?


  • Uza Syed
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Yes, indeed. “It is time we united and stood up to fight the propagators of such barbaric mindset” ( and their sympathisers.”). Now, who are the sympathizers? name them. Hmm, do I hear the names of those with veils of modernity and lovers of peace. Those who sit CNN and give us lectures about the anger of these barbarians and dare eqwuate them with normal peace loving Pakistani-Pashtoons. Those who claim & wish to give “peace a chance” through such means of brutal, murderous attacks on our children? Come on, call them by their names, just identifying them as “sympathisers” won’t do any more.


  • ahmad
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Tell that to hameed gul & zaid hamid, gen. sub.Recommend

  • mahmood
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:10PM

    This visit shows that the Army – Pakistan’s chief power broker – feels the need to project the image that it is no longer with the Taliban or with the other thousands of militants it has trained, armed, and financed. The overwhelming public condemnation of its policies over the last 30 years has finally penetrated the surface at least, to the point that the COAS is trying to cultivate a new image. But has the criticism reached the core? Has there been a sincere soul searching in the army’s top leadership and a genuine break from the past? We don’t know, but the future will tell


  • Yasmine
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:11PM

    There has been mass condemnation of the incident, ranging from the lowest to the highest level of hierarchy. The question remains and i ask all the other powers that be.. is your condeming this incident the only action you’re going to take or will something concrete be done to prevent future incidents. We Pakistanis are a resilient nation, we fall down and we get up – back on our feet taking every thing – the good, the bad and the ugly in our stride… but incidents like these shatter us to the core, we are repeatedly being subjected to every kind of horror mentally and emotionally and in several cases, physically… and if no measures are taken to correct all the wrongs, i fear the day is not far when all of us become devoid of emotions and feelings and words like empathy and logic become words of the past…


  • True Muslim Paki (An Insafian)
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Let me remind Kayani that all this is happening because drones are operating freely in Pakistan. This is also the results of WoT.


  • Aristo
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Don’t just condemn but make a genuine effort to squash the heads of these snakes that your institution fostered for such a long time.


  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Mr. Kayani, please explain to the nation why the army considers the likes of the attackers of Malala our national strategic assets? What are we achieving as a nation by being in their league? What will it take you to break your alliance with them?


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 10, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Very brave statement but actions are more important. First of all, stop supporting Taliban Khan. Taliban and their supporters are two sides of same coin.


  • Hukka
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Pakistan has cruise missiles if not drones. Use them to take down TTP. What are we waiting for?


  • Oct 10, 2012 - 6:05PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Outside of conspiracy theories, is there any evidence that the Military is supporting Imran Khan?

    And quite frankly, given the policies and governance of the current PPP government, and in the past the PML-N leadership and government, Imran Khan comes across as the most progressive and liberal of the lot.


  • sabi
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Sir you have one million strong army with nuclear arms you are expected to take action and and fulfil your duties to protect every citizen of this country.Men in charge take actions and speak less.We don’t need lectures we need results.


  • bangash
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:24PM

    I appreciate this gesture by General Kayani.


  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:42PM

    It bothers me a lot when those in power do not use more powerful language to show their determination to exterminate the perpetrators of such heinous acts which shake the whole nation. Mr. Kayani: the Pakistan of Jinnah is dying under your watch threatened by these extremists expanding their territory rapidly within our borders. At this point, you should take decisive actions utilizing all resources, or we may miss our final window of opportunity to deal with this menace. These sorts of incidents will continue to happen as long as our army and leadership is allowing even a single square mile of our territory to be out of the state control.


  • Usman
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:42PM

    A commendable act. I wonder if the President or the PM will bother visiting the poor girl.


  • harkol
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:44PM

    So, he has decided the ‘bad’ taliban shot Malala, not his ‘good’ taliban?


  • Raja PA
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:52PM


    Leaders in Pakistan can condemn only……………….Pity!! Pity!!!


  • mohturrum
    Oct 10, 2012 - 6:54PM

    Lets take bullets now. lets take the fight ino enemy territory.


  • sil3nt
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:01PM

    i think kiyani should care about his 30 soldiers killed on salala incident first, about 7 k soldiers and 40 k civilians killed in war on terror. responsibility is purely his as decisions are his


  • Enlightened
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Well, that was a strong statement against the TTP by the Pak Army chief who also commended Salala brave stand against these cowards calling her as a icon of courage and hope. The General’s wordings had been very carefully chosen with a mix of Islamic teachings, sacrifices, values and most importantly a call for unity to fight against the barbarians and their sympathizers which is a clear and motivating message for his soldiers who had developed a soft corner for TTP and also a call for support from people of Pakistan. The military should launch an offensive against TTP soon and give a crushing blow to them since majority of people in Pakistan hate these cowards now.


  • Shabbir
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:06PM

    I am impressed with the words.
    – For the first time I have heard somebody in a real authority position (Pakistan Army) condemn an attack on civilian by the barbarians.
    – For the first time, they have blamed the ‘extremist’ mindset that plagues the country.
    – He has used the Islam religion to turn the tables on the extremists – by taking support of the holy book, he has tried to knock off the Taliban from their pedestal on which they claim to be the true followers.
    – For the first time they have not blamed USA, India or some other Foreign hand.

    I think this guy might be a good candidate for future prime minister or President. He has the respect of the country and the army.


  • khurshid
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Yes, fine words but notice the, as usual, missing mention or use of the word “Taliban” as the perpetrators of the crime or as the enemy that is to be fought against. Why does he, and our political leaders for that matter, need to hide behind the cover of “terrorists”? Who are these terrorists? Is there any ambiguity left? They have owned up to their dastardly deed very proudly and added that they will try to kill her again if she survives. And yet we prefer to leave the nation divided with some still preferring not to call a a spade a spade.The fight against these dehumanized creatures will not succeed until we identify and condemn them and their ideology by name. But then how will we continue to support our “assets” at home and in Afghanistan who go by the same name? That is where the General and others of his ilk step back from speaking the truth, and condemn the invisible terrorists.


  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:23PM

    Crush Terrorists and their Devil Fathers……..Recommend

  • janaan
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:38PM

    ACTION Please not words. We would love to see TTP being wiped out by guns and not by mere words.


  • Oswald Saldanha
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:43PM

    I agree with Hussain.
    A public hanging in the square of the town / city where this incident occurred is justified.
    All presently elected politicians, should NOT be re-elected. Why is there no law to publicly hang any individual responsible for terrorism in Pakistan ? Think about it.
    If death by hanging was instituted, all this terror would stop overnight, whether it is Karachi or the frontier.
    On the other hand, Pakistan’s chickens are comming home to roost.
    ” For evil to flourish …..all that is needed ….is for good people to do nothing ” ?????
    Malala, a young, brave, dynamic girl is the future of Pakistan.
    Pakistan, has the capability and capacity to be a South Korea in 10 years.


  • janaan
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:43PM

    PTI where is your condemnation.


  • roadkashehzada
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:49PM

    imran khan is really brave leader. he still has guts to go face malala


  • Ch Majid
    Oct 10, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Isn’t the area supposed to been cleared by the military years ago, we ask the general where he is spending the billions that the nation gives the Army, and such things can happen in daylight?

    failure after failure of the Army and government!


  • rp
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:27PM

    kill all Taliban then Pakistan will survive


  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:31PM

    Condemning the act is easy; condemning the “perpetrator of act” by name is difficult; taking stiff actions against them is more difficult; de-weaponizing all types of Lashkars (TTP, AFP, LeT, JeM) is bit more difficult; de-indoctrinized millions of brain-washed fanatics is more difficult. Closing of Madaris, the factories of terrorists is impossible.

    Who will take action against Taliban (both good and bad) if they have weapons deadlier than those with police? It is your army General.

    Do it NOW at this moment or it will be too late for you and Pakistan.


  • Kamal
    Oct 10, 2012 - 9:40PM

    @PTI bashers : Stop playing politics on this tragic incident. PTI has strongly condemned the barbaric attack on the poor kid. Imran Khan has also offered to expenses if treatment outside of Pakistan is required.

  • A Pakistani
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:04PM

    My Dear fellow Pakistanis

    Maulvi Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has just endorsed the attack on Malala Yusufzai. Everybody can guess that if Maulvi Ehsanullah Ehsan or even the actual assailants were to appear before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the mullah would be honorably exonerated due to “lack of evidence”. We all know that. My advice: Don’t worry about Malala. She’s better off without your prayers. Worry about yourselves.


  • Jawad U Rehman
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:21PM

    True Generals and Chiefs…
    – don’t issue statements of condemnation, they take actions.
    – they take actions without announcing or alerting the enemy, and speak only after fully destroying the enemy.
    – they seek ascendancy over the enemy, no matter how brutal, powerful, or resourceful it is.
    – they make sure the blood of every single soldier and civilian of the country doesn’t go waste, and they hold the perpetrators responsible for every single drop of it.
    – they ensure their ranks are fully motivated and focused. They purge their ranks of any sympathy with the enemy
    – they do not allow a single inch of their territory to be out of their control.
    – they do not allow any part of the security apparatus to run their own foreign or domestic policies, because that may limit the options to deal with the enemy


  • karma
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Kamal: PTI has condemned? OK – PPP has condemned Drone attacks. Ask PTI to stop blaming PPP.


  • meed
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:42PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty:
    first of all why is it important for imran to come and visit her so this is a issue as well and second he went to the hospital on the evening of WednesdayRecommend

  • Ali
    Oct 10, 2012 - 11:04PM

    Please take action against these Talibans


  • Oct 11, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Mullahs are as usual quiet…


  • gp65
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:01AM

    @Hussain: “These TTP, toys of jews and raw should be shot on sight. No mercy should be show to them”.

    Sorry if you listen to what they are saying, they are quoting Quran to justify their actions. According to them Malal was advocating a form of education that was not compliant with shariah (co-education, secular education – they probably mean non-madrassah education) and hence had to be kiled. Unless and until you acknowledge that TTP terrorists are Pakistanis and Muslims and they are being trained in mosques within Pakistan, you will not be able to address the root cause. Denial is not a river in Egypt.


  • gp65
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @Jinn: “All kind of extermisine would be eleiminate only when we all individual start beleiving Quran in letter and sprit and no other books”

    You do realize that the TTP is also justifying their acion using Quran and Sunnah? How will your solution address the issue?


  • gp65
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:17AM

    @True Muslim Paki (An Insafian): “Let me remind Kayani that all this is happening because drones are operating freely in Pakistan. This is also the results of WoT. “

    Sorry buddy. The TTP statement taking responsibility makes NO reference to the drones. It makes specific reference to the fact that Malala sought non-shariah compliant education and hence she was against mujahideen and deserved to be punished. Your standard story has been negated by the TTP spokesman.


  • Sal
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:02AM

    Not good enough Mr. COAS.. Stop patronizing Talibans and Mullahs


  • Haider Shah
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:16AM

    Today, if you are not standing with Malala Yousufzai and what she stood for and what she was shot for, education and dignity for all, then know that you are standing with Taliban monsters. This is not a Bush doctrine; This is a Universal-Love-and-Care-for-Children doctrine.


  • danisha
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:24AM

    forget TTP. now im serious in doubt abt what is going on. now the army chief also have come to see her. who is this Malala. why so much hype around her. fine she is a brilliant girl and student who wants to something good for society but then there are lots of that kind of people. Me and lots like me also want to do something good for this country but no help is giving us. i can go out to do something good and get beated up by the police and no security is arranged for me or other innocents. forget abt all this girls education rights, hopes, dreams etc. crap. this is all propaganda. lots of families in big cities wants their girls to get an education but they cant even afford the transport and uniform. why dont you do anything for them. this all Malala media is getting out of hand. i smell something rotten abt it.


  • Caramelized_Onion
    Oct 11, 2012 - 5:08AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Caught making political statements on a tragedy like this? Tsk Tsk Tsk


  • Pakboy
    Oct 11, 2012 - 5:38AM

    Highly commendable step by the Chief. Visiting Malala at hospital shows he cares about the people.

    All those saying actions not words. Remember Kayani’s words are most powerful in Pakistan. and he has chosen his words very carefully. People need to stand behind armed forces and support them to crush ttp in Pakistan and outside. We know the TTP leadership hides in Afghanistan. Let’s hit them there


  • Pakboy
    Oct 11, 2012 - 7:37AM

    “We wish to bring home a simple
    message: We refuse to bow before
    terror. We will fight, regardless of
    the cost we will prevail,” he said.
    The COAS reiterated that the
    terrorists underestimated the resolve
    and resilience of the people of
    Pakistan. “It is time we united and
    stood up to fight the propagators of
    such barbaric mindset and their

    Well Said General Kayani. May Allah be with you. Crush the terrorists


  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 9:59PM

    They are not justifying Quran, they are only destroying Pakistan.Killing innocent people of my country. They should be punished. You plz dont support them. Thanks.


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