MIRAMSHAH: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said they were ‘delighted’ that Malala Yousafzai missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
They had shot Malala in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against them, and brazenly added that they would do it again.
TTP central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the 16-year-old had done nothing to deserve the Nobel, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.
“We are delighted that she didn’t get it. She did nothing big so it’s good that she didn’t get it.”
“This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular,” he went on to say.
Malala won the European Parliament’s Sakharov rights prize on Thursday, which the TTP condemned in similar terms, claiming “her struggle against Islam” was the reason the West was honouring her.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2013.