Friday 19 January 2018

Taliban leaders insist Malala deserves to die

A candlelight vigil organized by Nepalese Youth in Kathmandu is held in support of Malala Yousafzai.
A candlelight vigil organized by Nepalese Youth in Kathmandu is held in support of Malala Yousafzai.
Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban on October 9, 2012 for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls, is seen in Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, in this undated file photo. The shooting of Yousufzai, 14, was the culmination of years of campaigning that had pitted the fearless, smiling young girl against Maulana Fazlullah, one of Pakistan's most ruthless Taliban commanders. REUTERS/Stringer (PAKISTAN - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY CRIME LAW POLITICS)

THE Taliban has insisted that the Pakistani schoolgirl its gunmen shot in the head deserved to die.

They said they were right to shoot her because she had spoken out against the group and praised US President Barack Obama.

Malala Yousafzai (14) was flown to Britain, where doctors said she has every chance of making a "good recovery".

Authorities have said they have made several arrests in connection with the case but have given no details.

Pakistani Taliban described Yousafzai as a "spy of the West".

"For this espionage, infidels gave her awards and rewards. Islam orders killing of those who are spying for enemies," the group said in a statement.

"We targeted her because she would speak against the Taliban and idealised the biggest enemy of Islam, Barack Obama."

Irish Independent

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