THE PAKISTANIS have erupted in fury over the senseless attempted assassination of a young girl. Passionately fighting for freedom against the horrors of the Taliban, the sheer power of her beautifully young soul has now sent a shock wave across the world.
A Taliban gunman singled out and shot the girl, Malala Yousafzai, on Tuesday, and a spokesman said it was in retaliation for her work in promoting girls’ education and children’s rights in the northwestern Swat Valley, near the Afghan border. – Pakistanis Unite in Outrage Over Girl’s Shooting by Taliban
The 14-year-old education rights campaigner, Malala has become to Pakistan what Neda quickly became to the Green Revolution.
Pakistan awarded the young activist, writer and blogger the National Peace Award for her courage against the Taliban.
The attack on Yousafzai made news in no small part because the Pakistani government awarded the precocious teenager a National Peace Award in December for her bravery in exposing the difficulties of living in the oppressive shadow of the Taliban. She has spoken publicly about children’s rights in Swat, and had been nominated for an international children’s peace prize. “The people of Swat are not terrorists,” she told al-Jazeera in a 2010 interview, during a period when the Taliban was in retreat. “If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns by terrorists.”
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility, saying this would serve as a warning against “secular-minded” actions. From Time magazine:
“She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban, and she was calling President Obama her idol,” a TTP spokesman told the Express Tribune, a daily in Pakistan.
I continue to be overwhelmed at the wet savagery of mankind’s sick, primitive nature.