US Senators urge Pakistan to bring Malala attackers to justice

Published: June 30, 2015
Email
PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

US lawmakers have asked Pakistan to bring Malala Yousafzai’s attackers to justice, weeks after reports revealed eight of the 10 militants jailed for life over the attack on her have been freed.

“We urge the government of Pakistan to re-double its efforts in a transparent and public manner to bring those responsible for this brutal attack to justice,” Senators Marco Rubio and Barbara Boxer said in a letter to Pakistan Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani, according to the Economic Times.

Rubio and Boxer are respectively the chairman and ranking member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues.

Read: Final decision: ‘Malala attack suspects released in court ruling’

In the letter dated June 29, the senators said, “This past April, Pakistani officials announced that after a secret trial, all 10 suspects were found guilty for their roles in the attack against Malala and received 25 year prison sentences.”

“Although we have serious concerns about the trial’s lack of transparency and general absence of information regarding the cases against these 10 individuals, we were encouraged to hear that the Pakistani judicial system was actively working to hold responsible for this heinous act,” the senators added.

“That is why we are particularly alarmed by recent media reports that eight of the 10 convicted were actually acquitted of these charges against them,” the senators wrote, adding that these reports raise significant concerns about the transparency and the accountability of the country’s judicial system.

Read: Acquitted Malala attack suspects still in custody

Further, the senators said, “As such, we respectfully request that the Pakistani judicial system provide an honest and transparent accounting of the events surrounding the cases against these 10 individuals and continue its important work to bring all those responsible for the brutal attack against an innocent teenage girl to justice

However, earlier this month, security officials denied claims that Malala’s attackers were released as part of a deal and upheld the court cleared eight of the attackers and only two sent down for their part in the bid to silence education campaigner Malala, who last year became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“It was the court’s decision to frame charges against two of the 10 accused and release eight others,” security officials had said.

Malala Yousafzai, a student and education activist, was shot and critically injured in a TTP-orchestrated attack in October 2012. The teenager was on her way back home from school when gunmen apprehended the bus and boarded it before calling her out by name and opening fire.

This article originally appeared on the Economic Times.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (7)

  • Abacus
    Jun 30, 2015 - 4:21PM

    These Senators are wasting their time. The ‘efficacy’ of the pakistani judicial system is well known. One threat by phone is all it takes and the judges let everyone off. Witness the Lakhvi spectacle. Unless world bodies such as the UN, FATF etc give this rogue country a spanking, things will not improve. These people are serial offenders, and regularly disregard those agreements they themselves voluntarily agreed to – such as the UN resolutions on Kashmir, Shimla pact, Lahore declaration. They think their geostrategic location will help them get away with anything. A rude awakening is in storeRecommend

  • ziaurrehman
    Jun 30, 2015 - 4:45PM

    we are working on it. USA please share the status of cold blooded killer, Raymond Davis’, case. Yes I know he was arrested after engaging in a brawl with a person on parking issue but never heard any case or inquiry against him for killing two innocents Pakistani citizens in broad daylight as was promised by John Kerry few years ago. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 30, 2015 - 5:04PM

    Please wait for your turn. We are already working very hard on New York Times report and BBC’s documentary. As our intelligence, investigating and judicial systems are filled with most incompetent people, therefore we need such powerful kicks on our b… to do our duties.Recommend

  • Hella
    Jun 30, 2015 - 6:05PM

    Where is the evidence that Malala was shot?Recommend

  • Omar
    Jun 30, 2015 - 6:41PM

    Dear Senators,
    We would appreciate if you understand the fact that hunting down a criminal is not as easy as murdering hundred thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. It takes time and careful planning, we cannot just go “uncle sam” in a region full of innocent civilians, you see, we value human life.
    With Regards,
    PakistanRecommend

  • curious2
    Jun 30, 2015 - 8:33PM

    It’s a shame that people in the USA seem to care more about Malala than Pakistanis.Recommend

  • cautious
    Jun 30, 2015 - 10:44PM

    @ziaurrehman:

    we are working on it. USA please share
    the status of cold blooded killer,
    Raymond Davis’, case.

    Raymond Davis case was tried and adjudicated in Pakistan who found him innocent according to your Sharia law. Because he was found innocent in Pakistan the USA is prevented from pursing charges against him. If your looking for a bad guy — grab a mirror.
    .
    Also – Raymond Davis shot armed Pakistanis who were pursuing him on motorcycles – they were later alleged to have ties to ISI. So tell me how Raymond Davis and Malala have anything in common?Recommend

More in Pakistan