Dear Malala: This is why we shot you

Jul 18, 2013, 02:10 IST | Agencies

A senior figure in the Pakistan Taliban has written a letter to the 16-year-old setting out the reasons why she was shot in the head, coming close to expressing regret

Malala Yousafzai (16), has reportedly received a letter from a leader of the Taliban, the same group that shot her in the head while she was riding the bus home from school.

In the letter, Adnan Rasheed tells the teen, “When attacked it was shocking for me I wished it would have never happened.”


“Taliban attacked you, was it Islamically correct or wrong, or you deserved to be killed or not, I will not go in this argument now, let’s leave it to Allah All mighty, He is the best judge,” wrote Rasheed, a senior commander of the Tehriki Taliban in Pakistan.

Yousafzai, a blogger and outspoken advocate for girls’ education, was 15 when she was shot in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She recovered and made a rousing speech to the United Nations on her 16th birthday last week.

Rasheed was in jail when he first heard about her. In his letter, which he wrote in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the Taliban, he expresses remorse for not getting in touch with her sooner ‘to advise (her) to refrain from anti-Taliban activities.’

He denied the Taliban is against girls’ education. “Taliban believes that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in swat and your writings were provocative,” he said.

Rashid also urged Malala to return to Pakistan from the UK, where she has been receiving medical treatment.

He added: “I advise you to come back home. Adopt the Islamic and Pushtun culture, join any female Islamic madrasa near your hometown, study and learn the book of Allah, use your pen for Islam.”

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