Obama decries 'disgusting' attack on Malala

World wide condemnation for attack on Malala pours in. Ban Ki Moon 'outraged' at the attack.


Reuters/huma Imtiaz October 10, 2012

WASHINGTION: A day after teenage peace activist Mala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban, President Barack Obama described the event as "reprehensible, disgusting and tragic." 

Speaking to reporters at the press briefing, White House spokesperson Jay Carney relayed President Obama’s sentiments and said that the United States has offered any necessary assistance to Malala. "As part of this offer, the US military has agreed to provide air ambulance and medical treatment at a facility suitable for her condition if it becomes necessary."

The WH spokesperson added that the US has strongly condemned the shooting, and that directing violence at children is barbaric and cowardly. "Our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families."

Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Malala was attacked by extremists who do not want girls to have an education or speak for themselves.

Speaking at an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts at the State Department on Wednesday, Secretary Clinton said that Malala has been very brave in standing up for the rights of girls in the area she belongs to. Secretary Clinton said that the teenage peace activist was attacked and shot by extremists who don't want girls to become leaders, and are threatened by that kind of empowerment.

She added that their efforts should be to support women who struggle against tradition, culture, outright hostility and violence to pursue their potential.

Ban Ki Moon ‘outraged’ over Malala attack

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a statement issued through his spokesperson said that he was “outraged” over the incident.

"Like so many others in Pakistan and around the world he's truly outraged by this attack," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters. "To show his support he's writing to the family of Malala Yousufzai."

In a statement later on Wednesday, Ban called for those responsible for "this heinous and cowardly act to be swiftly brought to justice," saying he had been "deeply moved" by Yousufzai's courageous efforts to promote a right to education.

Later, United Nations Children's Fund’s Leila Zerrougui, also strongly condemned the attack.

"Education is a fundamental right for all children," said Zerrougui in a statement. "The (Pakistani Taliban) must respect the right to education of all children, including girls, to go to school and live in peace."

France condemns attack

In a statement released by the French embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday, the murder attempt on Malala was condemned.

“Attempt against a defenseless girl illustrates the cowardice and cruelty of the Taliban, who have claimed responsibility of the attack.

France called the Pakistani authorities to carry tracking down the persons, who ordered and carried out this attack and promptly bring them before justice.

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Sexton Blake | 9 years ago | Reply

@Naveed Khan: Dear Naweed Khan,

I am not altogether critical of your statement, and you may very well be totally quite correct. However, from my point-of-view I think we really have to be looking at the big picture on a world wide basis, because most of the problems occurring in the Middle-East through to the West of the sub-continent are being, at the very least, aggravated by Western interests. The problem in explaining the situation is, where do we start from. There are so many vested interests, there is so much greed, so much bigotry, so many people with egos larger then the sun that it is extremely difficult to point at the exact beginning of where all the problems started from. However there has to be a start and I suspect that Western interests are chortling over the fact that they have created such a conundrum for Pakistan and other countries. There have always been problems in Pakistan, but why should Pakistan be different form any other country. For example, America is a total mess, and that is why its prison population is the largest in the world. Also, America has exacerbated the Western sub continent's problems by an astronomical amount. The US armed and trained semi-military groups such as the Taliban. Then, the US invaded, overthrew the Taliban, called them terrorists, forced them and other groups over the border into Pakistan and have been attacking them with drones and air strikes for 12 years. Surprisingly, the Taliban have been fighting back ever since and have been a headache for both the US and Pakistan Governments, and will be until the US gets out, if that will ever happen. In regard to Malala, I wonder if President Obama will ever express his sympathy for the half million children the US has killed or maimed in the last 12 years or so. I wonder if he has sympathy for the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Syria. The US are now threatening Iran which gets ever closer and places a pincer movement around.Pakistan. Perhaps if America/NATO got out of the sub-continent area the Pakistan Government could handle its own affairs somewhat better, Pakistan may calm down, and life may improve. It could not get worse, and will not improve whilst the US/NATO people are around.

Naveed Khan | 9 years ago | Reply Why can't we for once, just focus on the issues at hand, and not drift off to the conspiracies? Look - we are all upset over the Drone strikes that certain foreign nations are funding and carrying out - fine, but can we all at least agree that it's not THEM who need to stop, it's us who need to unite, speak up, fight against and defeat our own enemies, so that THEY don't have to? We are so busy uniting against hating some other countries that we forget that we are buried neck deep in our own problems that we can take care of on our own! Did obama order to conduct target killings? Kill Hazaras in Quetta? Set factories on fire and watch other burn to death? Is it the drones that stop our law enforcers to break laws? Is it the drones that prevent our government from providing us with regular uninterrupted basic necessities? So my dear fellow country men & women, stop your whining and learn something from Malala, she stood up and fought for what she believed in, she took on the damn TTP all on her 14-year-old-self, what have YOU done for your country? Oh man, my laptop is about to die, dammit it must have been the drones!
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