Malala shooting: Same extremist mindset killed my mother, says Bilawal

Published: October 18, 2012
Bilawal was speaking at the fifth anniversary of the Karsaz incident. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Bilawal was speaking at the fifth anniversary of the Karsaz incident. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari claimed Thursday that the mindset responsible for the attack on Malala Yousafzai was the same one which took his mother’s life, reported Radio Pakistan.

Bilawal was speaking on the fifth anniversary of the Karsaz incident, the assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto which she narrowly escaped.

Praying for those killed in the bomb attack that day, Bilawal said that he was determined to defeat the extremist mindset of militants which he said was behind both his mother’s assassination and the attack on Malala Yousufzai.

Benazir Bhutto had escaped the attempt on her life as she returned in 2007 after years of exile but was shot and killed in an attack later on the same year.

Malala – a 14-year-old child activist was shot by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and is currently under treatment at a hospital in Birmingham.

The alleged organiser of the Malala shooting, Reuters reported, was captured during a 2009 military offensive against the militant group but was released after three months.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • doc
    Oct 18, 2012 - 3:53PM

    we dont care what happened kid….just dont try to be a leader around this place….neither your nor your father deserve it


  • Kamran
    Oct 18, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Was it Musharraf (like you claimed on CNN a few months back) or these extremists who killed them? Come on make your mind up already!! In 5 years of power you (read PPP) dont have a clue who killed her!! Useless Gits!


  • Umer
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:01PM

    You are in government, so what have you done against such mindset? Zilch.


  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:02PM

    The same extremist mindset killied thousands and thousands in India.

    Are you going to kill them also or only those who killed Bhutto or Malala?Recommend

  • Tariq
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:02PM

    How dare he plays politics with Malala.


  • Oct 18, 2012 - 4:04PM

    She announced OBL is dead before schedule to the world. Higher powers didn’t liked their scheduled disturbed for new world order.


  • Parvez
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:04PM

    Absolutely agree. Now ask your father to do something about it.Recommend

  • Mr Sunny Loni
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:06PM

    True, but no one said that it was due to drones. Why target Malala then?


  • aslam khwaja
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:07PM

    on 18th October 2007 Benazir Bhutto was attacked at Karsaz, Karachi…..on 09th October 2012 Malala Yousifzai attacked in Sawat valley………our war against religious extremism continues


  • Leila Rage
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:08PM

    just trying to get sympathy for the elections. he doesnt genuinely mean anything he says.


  • Rana
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Very well said Bilawal! Agreed with you. We know even your father (being president) unable to do something against these vultures…..Recommend

  • Ussama
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Like your mother, she didn’t had 100’s of security guards around her. Recommend

  • tariq
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:31PM

    He is absolutely right, PPP has long history to fight such mindset and that why they are on hit list,


  • Naveed Javed
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:38PM

    And you say Bilawal doesn’t know the real ISSUE Pakistan is facing; Yes Extremism, it is, dare I say!Recommend

  • Brutus
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:50PM

    Indirectly you are telling us that we could not do nything about this mindset in 5 years so dont expect us to do anything now….got you..! agree


  • Asad
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:00PM

    So Talibans and Q League have the same mindset? Recommend

  • Afridi
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:01PM

    RIP benazir and prayers for the speedy recovery of malala. Recommend

  • Rock Musician
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:02PM

    what a cunning politician this guy is..kamaal..its actually going to win PPP a lot of sympathy.

  • Hairaan
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Here comes another point scorer.


  • Khanum
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:09PM

    What have u and your govt done against extremists.


  • Anti Extremism
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:20PM

    I doubt that. Bibi was not killed by these extremists.


  • Maher
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Kid, enjoy your life in UK, don’t interfere in our country’s matter. Recommend

  • Liberal
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Why Interpol issued red warrants of musharraf then .. ermmmmmmmm … confused?


  • Ahmed
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Comparing a political assassination with an innocent child…. shame shame


  • Naseer
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Enjoy the spotlight while you can because in the near future you wont find a platform to yell on. The people of this country have withstood great tests and eventually we will defeat this extremist mindset. The nation is indebted to Mala for the sacrifice she has made. History shall only remember you as a bunch of opportunists who exploited the great legacy of the Bhutto’s. Recommend

  • Peace for all
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:45PM

    left these political statements and tell us becuse we are wondering that why not your Govt captured the persons who were responsibled for murder of benazir. May be you are waiting till the end of next decade…………? right?


  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Completely agreed with Bilawal’s belief that the extremist mindset that brutally attacked Malala is the same that killed Benazir Bhutto. However, what distinguishes Malala from Bilawal is that she stood up for her beliefs, and said and did all the right things knowing that she was unprotected and could be killed. The intensity Malala showed for other girls education is lacking in Bilawal even for his own mother’s brutal killing, as manifested by PPP’s lack of interest in BB’s murder investigation and in taking on the extremists elements. The fourteen year old Malala Yousufzai appears to be a genuine leader that Bilawal and Imran Khan are not.


  • Oct 18, 2012 - 5:55PM

    He was just reading a written script by Farhatullah Babar, dont be too harsh on him, he doesnt know anything about Pak nor he have time to think about a poor uneducated country.Recommend

  • Moosa Khan
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Who is he?


  • Peace for all
    Oct 18, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Why not you highlight other innocent children killed in drone attacks inspite of Malala,
    Why not you feel pains for others children below of 10 years killed in name of war against terrorism? Now peoples are aware that agents of black water is responsible of Malala incident due to issue creation for obama election.


  • F Vihari
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Your excellency please do Pakistan a favour and leave


  • Zietgiest
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:18PM

    I think these Bhuttos should stop encashing political mileage from their dead, she did that, her husband did that, and now him. One other question – I don’t think Musharraf is from this ‘extremist’ mind set yet he was being held responsible for his mother’s death, from last what I remember?


  • Ozymandias
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:23PM

    @Peace for all:
    Obama’s election has nothing to do with Malala. Grow a brain.


  • omer
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Everything is about your mother!


  • Sultan
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Great speech. Must have been in English to a Sindhi speaking audience !


  • Rahul
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Aftr reading malala story,all i can say ‘ SHE IS THE ONLY MALE IN PAKISTAN ‘ .Recommend

  • James Bond
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:50PM

    @ Peace for all, drone are myth, no Pakistani is dying because of those. It is only foreigner fighters who use Pakistani land.


  • Kamran Yusuf
    Oct 18, 2012 - 6:59PM

    No progress in 5 years because Zardari has Immunity.


  • Asad
    Oct 18, 2012 - 7:15PM

    And who exactly killed your mother’s brothers ??? Any wild idea???


  • asim
    Oct 18, 2012 - 8:09PM

    NOW he wants to rule pakistan in the name of democracy


  • Jamshed
    Oct 18, 2012 - 8:36PM

    @Rock Musician:
    Not yet. He needs to carry portraits of ZAB as well as BB – then he will win the sympathy vote for sure!!


  • Maria
    Oct 18, 2012 - 8:43PM

    may be look in your own backyard first, how PPP leader are treating poor people.


  • Raja Islam
    Oct 18, 2012 - 9:01PM

    The question here would be “who gained from Benazir’s death” ? There is always a motive. PPP is in power and should be able to investigate into this and find out who was behind the assassination.


  • Abid
    Oct 18, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Just joking at him claim ok viewers , PPP In power in National assembly In senate in Executive , their own PM president interior minister exterior minister but they all could do any thing to find out killer of benazir bhato why? democracy with malala is ashamed PPP can give just statements to making fool nation.


  • Tariq
    Oct 18, 2012 - 9:19PM

    End of Monarchy in Pakistan ….soon


  • Rakshanda
    Oct 18, 2012 - 10:15PM

    So Bilawal, I guess you’re saying it wasn’t Musharraf? You should tell that to your dad.


  • Zietgiest
    Oct 18, 2012 - 10:54PM

    @Abid: who wants to find the killers? they are under thier nose, they wont get any mileage out of it if they found them – right now they can whine about it every so often.


  • Yasser Khan
    Oct 18, 2012 - 11:53PM

    How Sweet of you Bilawal…Recommend

  • Fed up Pakistani
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:40AM

    Well done


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