Targeting women: Malala, Taliban’s third female victim

Published: October 11, 2012
The ruthless militants have previously targeted and killed two women from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. PHOTO: FILE

The ruthless militants have previously targeted and killed two women from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. PHOTO: FILE


The attack on a 14-year-old girl shook the nation, but Malala Yousafzai is not the first female to be targeted by the Taliban.

The ruthless militants have previously targeted and killed two women from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Female empowerment

Earlier this year, on July 5, militants killed Khyber Agency-based social worker Farida Afridi. Her crime, purportedly, was to be an agent of change in the conservative tribal agency.

Afridi was among the founding members of a local organisation, Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (Sawera).

She was on her way to her office in the Hayatabad locality of Peshawar, from her hometown Ghundi village in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency, when militants opened fire, killing her on the spot.

Moral policing

The Taliban’s first female victim was Shabnam, from the courtesans’ quarters in Swat’s capital Mingora.

When she refused to bow down to moral policing, some militants dragged her out of home and shot her dead in the Green Chowk of Mingora.

The square later earned notoriety for executions and beheadings during the Taliban reign in Swat.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • tahir
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Imran khan is foolish person in the world


  • Poleturtle
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:15PM

    They are animals, nothing less ! They deserved to be hunted down and killed. There is no other way!


  • Oct 11, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Since when Taliban once attacked the University in Islamabad , everyone in the country has proved that Taliban are neither Religious nor humanity. They are Cold Blooded Reptiles that they can kill anyone whosoever it is , I don’t see any thing on them what their demand is and what contrary ? to me I did pray that May Allah Guide them , but now , I have Dis-invocation that no matter what Happens “TALIBAN SHOULD BE DESTROYED ” !!!!!!!


  • Oct 11, 2012 - 1:26PM

    There are Taliban factions sponsored by the CIA and this bullet was from such a faction. The shooting was a psy-op (psychological operation) to facilitate a U.S. invasion of Pakistani territory which is a prelude to an occupation of and overt colonial rule over the subcontinent as a whole.

    The following is my 6-part comment on a column in New Indian Express. An hour later I found that 4 of the 6 parts had been deleted, leaving the comment with holes in logic, incomprehensible and worthless with all of the most important information removed. Only stupid niggers working for the United States such as the author of the column are allowed in the Indian media, confirming once again that only the simultaneous nuclear destruction of New Delhi, Washington and New York will change this situation: newindianexpressDOTcom/opinion/article1287359.ece

    ‘RAW’s Trafficking Of Indian Children To Israel To Be Used As Food’ :


  • Enlightened
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:20PM

    All Indian TV channels are beaming news on Malala. One of the TV channel showed programme on her for more than half hour with caption ‘Pakistan ki sherni jisse Taleban dar gaya aur poora desh hil gaya’.


  • Maria
    Oct 11, 2012 - 4:19PM

    is army playing golf with theirs guns?. Army chief condemned the attack, so what. I can also condemn but army do not need to say condemn condemn only, they should also deliver and erase these talibans. It time to halal 80% of budget that army digest every year.


  • HMJ
    Oct 11, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Are we talking about TTP? And are we talking about women they killed “officially”? I mean, the Taliban have killed many women in Afghanistan. Publicly shot one, others in a wedding party and some more. Then I am quite sure many women have lost their lives in Taliban-led attacks?

    Maybe these three were just the ones officially taken responsibility for, though there is a fourth. A Chinese tourist was also killed by the Taliban in Pakistan.

    Yes Malala isn’t the first victim, but somehow three seems rather timid a calculation.


  • fawad-against
    Oct 11, 2012 - 4:45PM

    There is no more space for divide over the role of such mentality in the country which have shaken the whole country


  • Amir
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:02PM

    Attaching n killing of women by Taliban itself a proof how manly they are. On top of it calling themselves Muslims a worst kind of insult to our religion n faith. They are not humans but mad dogs n must be hunted n hanged.


  • lovePak
    Oct 30, 2012 - 5:11PM

    I’m a bit confused here. I live in Pakistan and most of popular beliefs are a bit different from what I see on ET. Most of whom I know regard the Malala incident as fake, and are totally against another operation. Not that I side with the Taliban, but an operation does not benefit anyone.


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