‘Biased media’: Fazl says anger over Malala overshadows Aafia’s plight

Published: October 21, 2012
JUI-F chief says international agenda behind attack on child activist. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

JUI-F chief says international agenda behind attack on child activist. PHOTO: PPI/FILE


An “international agenda” is behind the attack on Malala Yousafzai, according to chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The Maulana berated the media and security establishment on Saturday “for making a hue and cry over the attack”.

Speaking to journalists in Peshawar, the Maulana said the media, security establishment and international community remained silent when an American soldier shot Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui.

In the same breath, however, he termed the attack on Malala as unjustified – while adding that no one should be allowed to politicise this issue.

Continuing the comparison with Malala, Fazl said that Aafia and those children who were killed in attacks on seminaries were torchbearers for education.

The JUI-F chief said Pakistan, its economy, its parliament and defence and legislature were under international pressure and unless the country is freed from these traps, it could not prosper. He also accused the US of terrorism, and playing victim at the same time.

“America is committing terrorism and has named it a war against terror, which is very sad,” Fazl said. “We care about those teenage students who were killed when their madrass was bombed,” he added. He was referring to the 2006 alleged drone strike on an Islamic seminary in Bajaur that killed dozens of pupils.

The Maulana said that NGO-sponsored laws were being introduced in parliament but the recommendations of the Council of Islamic Ideology (IIC) were never taken up by the legislature. He added that while he admitted the Taliban were committing wrong acts, but that all excesses should be treated in the same manner. He also called for putting an end to corruption.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Dr. Denis MacEoin
    Oct 22, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Whatever the truth behind Siddiqui’s offence, her behaviour in custody and during her trial displayed serious signs of mental illness. Malala is a peace-loving girl who would not, I am sure, express hatred towards anyone. Malala has never expressed such sentiments. Malala is a heroism worthy of Pakistan, since she stands for things that will help the country move forward. Recommend

  • ana
    Oct 22, 2012 - 10:47PM

    his stupidity is more swollen than his head and head combined…

    comparing a 14 year old kid to a 30 something woman who pleaded guilty in court is ridiculous


  • janaan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla……..thats’ his logic


  • bilal khan
    Oct 23, 2012 - 12:41AM

    People need to see his real face, why he never spoke about afia and the children dying in drone attacks before malala incident. what makes my blood boil is that he is gibbering now only to malign malala’s efforts and the support her cause was gathering..


  • Mash
    Oct 23, 2012 - 3:27AM

    How come Aafia become pregnant while she is in prison… ???? does america have the answer??? ..always run by it’s own interest, dual policy. they can’t face a muslim president, yet claim theirs a secular country. They may be the leading nation of our time…but not a great nation.Recommend

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