Suspect in Malala shooting placed on ECL

Published: October 30, 2012


ISLAMABAD: The 23 year-old man believed to have pulled the trigger on Malala Yousufzai, Atta Ullah Khan, has been placed on the exit control list (ECL), DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Khan had crossed over from Afghanistan in to Pakistan, before making his way to Swat. There, he tracked down his target, intercepting Malala’s school van on October 9, 2012. He fled shortly after the assassination attempt.

Sources told DawnNews that the Federal Investigation Agency and its immigration arm have been provided details of the suspect.

Khan, a former Swat resident, was last week identified by police officials as the main suspect in the shooting incident.  Police said that Khan had been a studying for a master’s degree in chemistry prior to opting for militancy and had studied for his Bachelor of Science degree in physics at Jahanzeb College in Swat.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Oct 31, 2012 - 12:00AM

    You have placed a person on ECL who has already exited the country and who will never use any such corridors to enter Pakistan where Pakistan Army or other LEAs will be holding the ECL and will check the CNIC of every person exiting or entering Pakistan. I mean seriously? If you know his hiding place in Afghanistan, just pound one ton of explosive to that area. He will die along with some collateral damage!


  • gp65
    Oct 31, 2012 - 12:56AM

    ECL? Seriously? Everyone knows the Durand line is porous.


  • Umar
    Oct 31, 2012 - 2:20AM

    @Jameel ur Rasheed and gp65 whilst putting the name on the ECL may not do anything are you suggesting that the name should not be put on the ECL ? You will be the first to complain if we find out in years to come that he freely roamed in and out of Pakistan because no one bothered to put his name on the ECL.


  • Khan
    Oct 31, 2012 - 3:19AM

    There will be no end to this mess and anarchy in the coming trillion years if we do not fence and guard Durand line a.k.a Western border which is used by over 56,000 people illegally every single day from past many decades and then we wonder why is there no peace in this region.
    Send back all refugees and close that border for illegal crossings no matter what it takes or otherwise keep day dreaming that peace can ever return to this country. Our policies are taking this country down.


  • something true
    Oct 31, 2012 - 5:15AM

    Put him on ECL or not i dont think they government can or will do anything to find him. I also question wether the man on the picture is really the guy who shot malala. Strange that when america was not in this region we did not need any border security, now when the americans has enter this region everything is chaos. its not only in pakistan but its everywere they americans have set their footprints. we dont need anybody to guard the border but what we need is a independent system and thinking politicians.


  • sensible
    Oct 31, 2012 - 7:11AM

    learn from USA, track him down in afghanistan and bomb him!


  • Hamid karzai
    Oct 31, 2012 - 8:09AM

    Track him down in AFG and through a GBU-38 there… 99% chances of huge success


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