Letter to Malala: We will target Malala on return, vow Taliban

A Taliban representative says that Adnan Rashid is not a senior commander of the Taliban.

Web Desk July 18, 2013

A senior representative of Tehreek Taliban has said that the Taliban has no symphathies with Malala Yousafzai, and that she would be targeted again if she chose to return to Pakistan, BBC Urdu reported.

The representative said that neither was Adnan Rashid a senior commander of the Taliban nor did the Taliban have anything to do with the letter that Rashid wrote to Malala on Wednesday.

He said that Malala had been targeted because of her efforts in promoting secular education in Pakistan and her becoming a part of the West’s propaganda, which though reflect what Rashid mentioned in his letter.

The Taliban Council had obtained the actual draft of the letter that Rashid had sent Malala, and whether it had any content that went against the rules of the Taliban was being assessed, he said.

The council will also look into the purpose for which the letter had been written to Malala, the representative said.

Taliban’s prominent leader in Pakistan Adnan Rashid said that he was ‘shocked’ after Malala was attacked by the Taliban in October last year.

Rashid had been convicted in 2003 by the state of Pakistan for trying to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf. He was also one of the many inmates who escaped from Bannu jail in April last year.

He wrote to Malala Yousufzai advising her to return and join a religious school for women in Swat. He wrote to Malala a day after her address at the United Nations General Assembly, criticising her speech in his two-page letter written in English.

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