Malala attack: Swat police arrest three key suspects

Published: October 12, 2012
Arrest announced by DPO Swat, suspects moved to undisclosed location for further investigations. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ FILE

Arrest announced by DPO Swat, suspects moved to undisclosed location for further investigations. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ FILE

SWAT: Police in Swat have arrested three key suspects believed to be involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai, Express News reported on Friday.

Malala had come under attack when she was on her way home from school. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Eshanullah Ehsan had claimed that the militant group was behind the attack.

The arrest of the suspects was announced by the District Police Officer (DPO) of Swat, however, he did not reveal any names. The suspects were moved to an undisclosed location for further investigations.

The DPO said that the mastermind of the attack, Attaullah, will also be arrested soon.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had earlier claimed that the attackers had been identified.

Malala Yousafzai, 14, who won international recognition for a blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and a campaign for the right to an education, is the highest-profile target of militants in Swat for more than three years.

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  • Abdul Basit
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:40PM

    What is his name?where was he from?DPO sahab,where are the details? Has the real cultprit been caught or some poor guy scapegoated to save embarassment for the area police?
    complete details of the guy should be released to the public.


  • Kay Kay
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Hope they’ve booked the right ones


  • Oct 12, 2012 - 3:08PM

    This is all BS and nothing else.
    Have you ever seen any culprit who has been caught & hanged lately?


  • Asad
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:26PM

    What a joke


  • Antony
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Why are their names not published? The victim’s name, address and photos are all over the media


  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:38PM

    @Abdul Basit who asks “What is his name?where was he from?”

    His name is Heera Lal and he was from Indian state of Haryana.


  • S K Afridi
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:52PM

    @Abdul Basit:
    Don’t be impatient.


  • kmk
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:55PM

    innocent child used by professional criminals in thier dirty game against terrorism.


  • Neutral
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:00PM


    What do you mean by lately ? none hv been given any punishment though many claims are there for their arrest but released due to lack of proper investigation and evidence by the police and prosecution….


  • asad ullah
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:21PM

    what’s latest news about her?


  • Oct 12, 2012 - 4:24PM

    @Abdul Basit: You are absolutely 100 percent correct.
    Mr. Rahman Malik has been screaming himself hoarse from day one that we have caught some suspects. They never, show their faces, give out their names and CNIC numbers, they cover their heads with a dirty cloth and they are always talking BS. No trials take place and no punishments handed out.
    The killer must now be smoking ‘shisha’ in Afghanistan at this time. What a country. Salams


  • amir2
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:39PM

    al lip service. What have they done about terrorist caught red handed, while they were acting out their crime at Ahmadis place of worship? They are all relaxing as guest of the state or province.
    What has happened to the killer of Salman Taseer…nothing…
    so dont expect anything from our government, except lip service, and keeping for years some innocent person in jail


  • Huzaifa
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:45PM

    If we want to be a “nation” the we must go after SATAN MULLAH FAZALULLAH in his hideout in Afghanistan. We have a capable ARMY and AIRFORCE, can some leader tell me that why can;t we go after the perpetrators of the worst attacks on our soil. Are we impotent militarily or what?


  • Shahid
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:56PM

    At the end of the day, we will need a judge who is not afraid of Talibans and does not acquit on the pretext of lack of proper prosecution.

    Long live Malala and her noble cause!!!
    Down with Taliban dogs and all their sympathisers in politics, media, India & America!!!
    The Indians & Americans are behind TTP so that they can use these goondas against Pakistan as and when they need them.


  • Oct 12, 2012 - 5:04PM

    The responses indicate that majority is not concerned. See the hysteria and number of comments flooding against America and the response of this attack. Surely the religious hard cores have a huge support. Remember the killer of the minister who got support even from lawyers.


  • Zaid Hamid
    Oct 12, 2012 - 5:23PM

    I know their names! I knew the ones in 26/11 as well even before the conspiracy was hatched. The one who attacked Malala is Amar Singh and he is a sikh. Didnt you see them wearing saffron bands ?? How could you ? After all special jinns have given me special vision to see and imagine all these things . But belive me my children all this is true and we will be hearing Radio Pakistan from Delhi very soon!


  • Sinner Proselytizers
    Oct 12, 2012 - 5:42PM

    If the right people are identified and brought, Pakistan will be looked at a little differently.
    This I doubt very much.


  • Raja PA
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @Abdul Basit:
    All our agencies are Jokers!! they do not have a clue todate.


  • Raja PA
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:31PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    are you drunk? Why did not you informed our most efficient elite security agencies about it, timely.


  • Adnan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:31PM

    @mr. righty rightist:

    Get a life. This is not the time for your sarcasm or twisted sense of humour.


  • abid
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:46PM

    they must not be arrested they should be eliminated after taking full details of other wolves.


  • janaan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:43PM

    book and execute them. please do not hand them over to Judiciary or they will be released. hand them over to Army execution squad.


  • cautious
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Rather than going through the motions and arresting a few people for show – why not get off your duffs and take the battle to the Taliban who have already acknowledge their guilt? Maybe it’s time for the Taliban to understand that their are consequences for their actions?


  • Kym from Nh
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @Shahid – I can assure you this American is not behind the TTP, nor are ANY that I know. They are scum. Subhuman. My best wishes for a speedy recovery for Malala. She is an inspiration to the entire world.


  • Javed Afridi
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:33PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    You got it wrong bro … He ain’t asking the Indian police, who see ISI everywhere, even in their dreams.!!!


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