1 000s rally for girl shot by Taliban

2012-10-14 16:14

Islamabad - Tens of thousands have rallied in Pakistan's largest city in support of a 14-year-old girl shot and critically wounded by the Taliban for promoting girls' education and criticizing the militant group.

The demonstration in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday was the largest by far since Malala Yousufzai and two classmates were shot on 9 October while returning home from school.

The rally was organized by the most powerful political party in Karachi, the Muttahida Quami Movement. The party's chief, Altaf Hussain, addressed the audience by telephone from London, where is he in self-imposed exile.

Hussain called the Taliban gunmen who attacked Yousufzai "beasts" and said the shooting was an attack on "the ideology of Pakistan".

The demonstrators carried the young girl's picture and banners praising her bravery.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-14 16:26

    "1000s rally for girl shot by Taliban" as compared to "1000s of MUSLIMS rally for girl shot by Taliban" People's perceptions are formed by biased media reports (propoganda) and then we all look surprised when those well crafted narratives are shown to be crooked. Well done to these MUSLIMS!

      zaatheist - 2012-10-14 19:19

      Ja. Ja. Fidel. Would it not be nice if tens of thousands of Muslims World-wide got off their backsides and did protest marches against Taliban atrocities. Their silence is deafening.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-10-14 19:47

      That all you can say, Fidel? No comments on the cowards who did this to her?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 20:16

      Fidel, you're caught in the left side of your brain. Activate the left side, and especially that space in the center of your chest.

      triple.aitch.9 - 2012-10-14 21:23

      Come on chaps, let's not be stupid. There before you is the evidence that not all muslims support this barbarous behaviour from the extremists. Do not respond with bile against those who share our anger, and stand to be counted in that regard. If we are to defeat extremism, we would do well not to be extreme ourselves. Only a rabid dog bites the hand of friendship. Well done to those who march, with respect.

      ingwe - 2012-10-14 21:55

      @triple.aitch.9. The only language the extremists understand is that which they dish out! Those who take a line similar to that you advocate empower these people! The rational Muslims (oxymoron?) are cowered and do not express their views because of the threats and actions such as the attack on this young lady! The rest of the world needs to realize that attempting to appease these radicals does not do anything towards solving the problem it only makes them demand more! The use of force commensurate with their actions together with dragging their Dark Age philosophy into the 21st century by means of education will be the only way forward.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-14 16:46

    We need to have a similar march in South Africa for all our children that are being raped and abused.

      ant.abomb - 2012-10-14 16:55

      ...and deprived of education by our government

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-14 17:10

      ....and murdered.Shoo Ant bomb , i think we gotta bigga problem then Afghanistan!

      smalefane - 2012-10-14 19:21

      I just wish you could have said that during apartheid instead of hiding behind high walls.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-14 19:30

      @smalefane,What are you talking about,who cares apartheid or not,where or when,do u have a child to undersand what itl feel like to loose 1??

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-14 19:43

      @smalefane.Lets talk about whos hiding behind the wall these days.Our egos and vanities are blinding us from the realities,and we have even lost our compassion for the children,because of our power hungry arrogance and ignorance!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-14 17:04

    They had a program dedicated to her on al jazerra. She is a really clever, nice young lady and obviously an activist. Taliban are despicable, to shoot someone like her is unimaginable. This done in the name of allah and the koran. The world will be a better place without them and a disaster if they ever got and bigger.

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-10-14 18:15

    Nice to see a mass rally in Pakistan for a human rights issue instead over a cartoon or film of no real significence other religious dogma.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-14 18:21

    Everybody! Just for once say NO to religion. The religionists are lying to you and deceiving you. Even in the Christian tradition. If you don't believe it, well, here is a quote straight out of the bible, by no less a figure than Paul. In 1 Timothy 2:11-14 Paul declared: “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” Bear in mind that Gen 2 18-24 says that Eve was created after Adam. One only has to read it to sense how the author(s) (the silly male priests at the time) was reluctant to allow god to create a female human being. Even the animals received preferential creation treatment. Is the Taliban that far wrong with their perceptions of female inferiority if one takes the the creation account in Gen 2 18-24 and the reasons for Paul's formulation of the human female's place in relation to males seriously? Hard question but we have to face up to the truth. Or stop condemning the Taliban. They are hardly worse than the early Hebrews and Christians - even the current ones. At least the Taliban is honest.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-14 18:30

      @Crracker.I learnt something,so basically 3 fingers are pointing back.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-14 22:00

      It would be nice to see those thumbs down to my cmment above to state their views. But they won't. The usual cowardice. I was going to name the particular religious affinity I think they belong to but decided not to. Don't want to depreciate their lack of guts further.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-14 22:25

      Where are the cowards?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-14 22:35

      Careful, that's dangerously close to a sensible, reasoned comment.

  • colin.langley - 2012-10-14 20:04

    Religion should be banned

      LanfearM - 2012-10-15 08:29

      No it shouldn't. People must have the freedom to choose what to believe or not. It becomes a problem when they try to force their believes onto others. That sort of action should not be allowed!

  • pdevillet.patrik - 2012-10-15 07:12

    banning religion would make it worst,just tell them the truth.religion lie to people for the purpose of exploitation and manipulation

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