That was what Malala Yousafzai’s father did to her. When I was 14, my older cousins were already radical activists and martial law was only a year old in our country which made it more dangerous – radicals were suspiciously just ‘disappearing’ (there was one midnight when soldiers covertly entered our garage and inspected my cousin’s car).
And the irony was that my cousin’s fathers were US and Philippine fed workers (two years later, my uncle who was the Philippine official suddenly died of a mysterious illness). My cousins were wise and did not turn me on to politics. I was too busy rebelling against my own father and studying guitar those years. It was only 4 years later that I became a radical too for my kin and friends.
The Taliban does not apologize for the attempt to assassinate Malala, who was passionately opposed to the militants’ efforts to close girls’ schools. “We have no regrets about what happened to Malala,” he says. “She was going to become a symbol of Western ideas, and the decision to eliminate her was correct.”
‘Malala Yousafzai is only 14 years old, but she has always come off as preternaturally mature, able — even at 11 — to talk about serious issues like education and terrorism and her native Pakistan’s troubled relations with India. The attempt on her life and the ensuing medical emergency have made her a hero to a greater audience. But in the patriarchal and conservative Muslim world she grew up in, a pioneer like Malala would not have been possible without another hero: her father…’
News bias goads Taliban to threaten journalists more
‘…how are the Pakistani Taliban responding to so much public condemnation? By declaring war on individual journalists and the media, of course. “For days and days, coverage of the Malala case has shown clearly that the Pakistani and international media are biased,” says a Pakistani Taliban commander in South Waziristan. “The Taliban cannot tolerate biased media.” The commander, who calls himself Jihad Yar, argues that death threats against the press are justified: he says “99 percent” of the reporters on the story are only using the shooting as an excuse to attack the Taliban…’
- Arrests made in attack on Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai (latimesblogs.latimes.com)