Killing attempt on a 14-year old sprite put forth many controversy stories, but restricted our ability to acknowledge Facts

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was born in July 1997 and given her first name, Malala, meaning “grief stricken”. At her house in Mingora, she lived with her two younger brothers, her parentsAt the beginning of 2009, Yousafzai had a chance to write for BBC Urdu when her father, Ziauddin, was asked by Abdul Hai Kakkar, a BBC reporter out of Pakistan, if any women at his school would write about life under the Taliban. “We had been covering the violence and politics in Swat in detail but we didn’t know much about how ordinary people lived under the Taliban,” Mirza Waheed, the former editor of BBC Urdu, said. Because they were concerned about Yousafzai’s safety, BBC editors insisted that she use a pseudonym .

             Yousafzai was interviewed on the national Pashto-language station AVT Khyber, the Urdu Aaj Daily, and Canada’s Toronto Star. On 19 August she returned toCapital Talk, where she reiterated her desire to become a politician, naming Benazir Bhutto as an inspiration. She reportedly criticized President Zardari on television, saying “At times I think if Zardari’s daughter were studying in Swat the schools would have never shut down.” In late 2009, Yousafzai’s political career appears to have started. A video dated 22 December 2009 shows Yousafzai entering an assembly room full of children who rise and begin clapping as they see her. 2011, Desmond Tutu announced Yousafzai’s nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize and she became a celebrity in Pakistan. Her public profile rose even further when she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize two months later in December. On 9 October 2012, a gunman shot Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus after taking an exam in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The masked gunman shouted “Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all,”and, on her being identified, shot her twice, once in the head and once in the neck. Two other girls were also wounded in the shooting: Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan,both of whom were stable enough to speak to reporters and provide details of the attack.After the shooting, Yousafzai was airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar, where doctors were forced to begin operating after swelling developed in the left portion of her brain, which had been damaged by the bullet when it passed through her head. After a three-hour operation, doctors successfully removed the bullet that had lodged in her shoulder near her spinal cord. Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai “is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity,” adding that if she survived, they would target her again.

                Avoiding all the controversies that came into existence after the tragic ordeal struck to this innocent sprite, we have interviewed a native of Swat, resident of Gulkada where this assassination attempt was carried out. ‘’We all were very upset when we heard about this incident because once again the harmony and peace of Swat was gravely disturbed but we were most shocked when media all around the Globe accused Talibans and they themselves took the credit for it’’, mentioned by Talha Humayun Masood. What his claim is that this is a work of a much more organized and linked force instead of Pakistani Talibans who are already been hit into their spines and are scattered all over. The residence of Talha is about 150meters away from Sharif abad to Makan Bagh road where these children were targeted. Now his residence and Sharifabad road are only within the radius of 500 meters from The main Army headquarters also known as the circuit house and from a secondary army base camp as well. What his stance is that to get into this area you need to cross army checkpoints, prove your identity and only then you can proceed and also that you have Army personals and vehicles patrolling the area then how can a disbanded armed Taliban can carry out this mission without being caught? Moreover, surprisingly Prime Minister was visiting Mingora and army almost surrounded the area also vanguarding the roof tops of civilian residences. In short it was a highly secured parameter when a Taliban from nowhere showed up, opened fire in a school bus and left the spot without getting spotted. This tragic incidence might have gained glory and publicity for Malala and earned another wave of hatred in the name of Pakistani Talibans globally, but in the rush of showing our concern, sympathies and condolences for this innocent little child that we forgot to pay our attention to simple logic. By writing this piece of paper I never intended to give direction to any controversy but to simply highlight the simple facts and to interconnect it with common sense. A food for thought 🙂

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