Taliban ‘delighted’ Malala missed out on Nobel

By AFP
Published: October 12, 2013
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Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: AFP

Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: AFP

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.

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  • darbullah
    Oct 12, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Funny that these guys are scared of a girl.

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  • ASQ
    Oct 12, 2013 - 10:21AM

    delighted taliban means 70% plus delighted pakistanis!!!

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  • logic
    Oct 12, 2013 - 10:45AM

    Blockquote

    Taliban living in a dark cave and like bats are afraid of any ray of light…

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  • harkol
    Oct 12, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Conspiracy theorists – Admit it – Nobel committee & west is hand in glove with Taliban!!

    Ha Ha!

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  • ashish
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:11AM

    isnt it strange that the same language is used by PTI kids ??

    well it might not be that strange they share the same ideology.Recommend

  • Mohni
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:14AM

    May be the noble committee should start noble prize for terrorism for killing the most innocent people around the world. Taliban should then be the worthy winners of noble award for terrorism.

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  • Ali
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:16AM

    Look at the smallness of their mentality!!!

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  • Ramesh Powar
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Of course they are delighted. It was expected. Was it really necessary to accord it newsworthiness and cause bad taste in everyone’s mouth?

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  • sidjeen
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:42AM

    by the looks of it their are quite a few Taliban amongst us who are very happy Malala did not win the Nobel prizeRecommend

  • pak_liberal
    Oct 12, 2013 - 11:52AM

    Why don’t they open their minds just like they open their mouths?

    Being secular is not anti-Islam or even being anti-religion. It’s simply that religion has nothing with the business of the state.

    Today Taliban are afraid of young girls with book. Tomorrow, i assure you they themselves will only be mentioned in the history books.

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  • Think again
    Oct 12, 2013 - 12:19PM

    @ pak_liberal

    Dont be so sure that they’ll only be mentioned in textbooks after being wiped out.
    If the taliban get hands on the nuclear arsenal,pakistan will be enslaved.
    And then they will turn pak into North Korea & rule.Recommend

  • Raza Qadri
    Oct 12, 2013 - 1:04PM

    I am not in favor of TTP, but for sure not for MALALA as well, as this is true she did nothing as just getting shot on he head and saying some words for Education does not make her eligible for Nobel, it is just her secularism for which west is promoting her, we have thousands of Muslim Talented Children who deserve Novel, but in no sense Malala!

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  • Tilsim
    Oct 12, 2013 - 1:12PM

    Only in Pakistan is Malala a zero and the terrorist a hero.

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  • Last Word
    Oct 12, 2013 - 1:13PM

    As per statement released before the announcement of this prestigious award that though Malala was considered as the strongest contender, but there were two factors that could go against her ie young age and her enemies read Taliban. Let Taliban feel happy which is good for Malala.

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  • kdada
    Oct 12, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Why is the media giving them coverage? Its pathetic to see that on on hand majority of the media is against talk and then the same media provide them coverage even if they fart.

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  • Parvez
    Oct 12, 2013 - 2:10PM

    Delighted that a 16 year old defenseless girl can strike TERROR into the hearts of terrorists.

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  • objective observer
    Oct 12, 2013 - 3:53PM

    They quiver before and shake in terror from the words of a school girl. The power of the pen truly is more powerful than the sword. These brutes depend on illiteracy and ignorance to thrive. Education is and intelligence is their worst enemy and they know it.

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  • csmann
    Oct 12, 2013 - 3:55PM

    TTP is the real loser in this.Their real face is being shown to the world,by themselves.;What good have these gun-totting criminals done:to Pakistan or islam?
    Malala still wins in her losing.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 12, 2013 - 4:00PM

    TTP, choti soch. I girl got them engaged, what the govt and military could not do

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  • Anjaan
    Oct 12, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Malala is too young to be awarded a Nobel prize now …….. and the reality is, the Nobel prize will chase Malala in the years ahead, and not the other way round ……. Malala will most certainly get it, only a matter of time ……….Recommend

  • Oct 12, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Wonder who even told the reporter how Taliban felt, and why not how could Talibans daddies disheart them by giving her the award after raiding their backside for past years?

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  • Oct 12, 2013 - 7:14PM

    Yes, even Talibans without beard

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  • csmann
    Oct 12, 2013 - 7:40PM

    @Raza Qadri:
    We will all wait for you to get shot in the head,and say some words on any issue you like and feel can influence.Rest assured we will have you nominated for the Nobel,and many here will agree to it.

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 12, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Must really grind on the Taliban that they couldn’t even kill an unarmed little girl – has to be a real slap to their ego. Maybe it’s time for Pakistan’s expensive million man military to spend some effort and capture the thugs who tried to assassinate her?

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  • genesis
    Oct 12, 2013 - 9:46PM

    ‘This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam.’What they meant was give us the money even if it is from kafirs and keep the medal!!

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  • Charlie Chappati
    Oct 12, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Its a shame that there’s no award for cowardice otherwise the Taliban would win it hands down. On second thoughts they probably wouldn’t because you’d have to find the hole that they’re hiding in to award it to them in the first place.

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  • pinky
    Oct 13, 2013 - 12:02AM

    What expectional has she done that a the world and our hypocrite media is giving si coverage to a secular girl

    We all are getting education
    I myself m an example who studied with so many difficulties she did nothing special.
    Infact v feel ashamed to have such secular and anti religion by name muslims
    She is degrading our deen and givimg and image to the world that our country is among the most dangerous countries of the world
    She dnt deserve anything

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  • Jeena Javid
    Oct 13, 2013 - 8:14AM

    @pinky my dear if the education you are getting depicts your written comment then I think it is best that youQUIT now and stop wasting your parents money. Also when you take a shot to the head then you can speak as for yourself as an example but then having a drastic experience may help you better eloquent yourself.

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  • Geeta Patel
    Oct 13, 2013 - 8:17AM

    The Taliban are not afraid of the drones they are afraid of Malala Yousufzai the Taliban lost when Malala lived God has a mission for her and their bullets…threats…and all the haters cannot stop her!

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  • Oct 13, 2013 - 9:35AM

    @pinky:
    @Raza Qadri:

    Its the same unreasonable hypocritical exaggerations, claiming so many other deserving students but failing to even nominate one, or claiming themselves going through difficulties as comparable to being shot in the head and still threatened by extremist militants.

    Its either amnesia or plain dishonesty about being ignorant of what had transpired in SWAT, which included schools being shut-down. You cite the same extremist TTP/Taliban extremist anti-Malala points of her being ‘secular’ or being anti-religion (read anti-Islam), invoking blasphemy or ‘takfiri’ charges, when in truth is that she has bravely advocated for education (which Pakistanis allowed to suffer in Swat) and is against extremists such as the Taliban (which Pakistanis don’t seem serious about), and is the reason she was targeted by your terrorist criminals and supported later on by civilized sane citizens globally.

    It is this cancerous deluded right wing religious nationalist mindset, full of hateful spite and resentment and low self-esteem, that sympathizes, condones or supports violent religious extremism that has flourished and tries to downplay her accomplishments or the threats or events that happened.

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