Pakistan Taliban slam Malala over Nobel prize

2014-12-12 12:03

Islamabad - The Pakistani Taliban hit out at teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai over her Nobel peace prize on Friday, slamming her as a "soldier against Islamic society".

Malala became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.

The 17-year-old vowed to continue her struggle for every child's right to go to school when she collected her Nobel at a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday.

She is the youngest ever Nobel peace laureate, and the first Pakistani to claim the prize, but some in her home country condemn her as a Western agent, including the militants who shot her.

Muhammad Umar Khorasani, spokesperson for the main faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) headed by Mullah Fazlullah, told AFP that Malala had won the Nobel prize for "promoting Western culture, not education".

Pakistan's patriarchal society often relegates women to subservient domestic roles, but Malala has praised her father Ziauddin, a schoolteacher, for encouraging her to pursue her dreams.

The militant spokesperson singled him out for criticism.

"Malala's father Ziauddin has made an agreement with the Western powers to destroy Pashtun culture and Pakistan," Khorasani said, referring to the dominate ethnic group in the country's northwest, where Malala is from.

"Her father is using Malala as a soldier against Islamic society and teachings of Islam."

After she was shoot in the head at point blank range, Malala was taken to Britain for treatment. Her family moved to join her and she now goes to school there, unable to return to Pakistan because of Taliban death threats.

In her Nobel acceptance speech, peppered with self-deprecating humour, Malala called not just for education but also for fairness and peace.

"The so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don't. Why is it that countries which we call 'strong' are so powerful in creating wars but so weak in bringing peace?" she said.

She also described herself as the "first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers".

Malala will split the $1.1m prize with her fellow laureate Kailash Satyarthi, the Indian child slavery campaigner.

On Thursday she wept at the sight of the bloodied school uniform she wore on the day she was attacked, on display at an exhibition in the Norwegian capital.

  • Nevin Narraidu - 2014-12-12 12:44

    So what - do these fanatics want their woman to remain shoe-less, foolish and in the kitchen so they can push their propaganda? What they are doing is not Islamic trust me - even as a Christian I have many muslim friends and they dont treat their wifes/sisters etc like this!

  • Bradley Kecskes - 2014-12-12 12:51

    F*ck YOU Taliban!!! stop living like cave men and monsters!! Your kind will be eradicated eventually!!

  • Joe Black - 2014-12-12 12:54

    They.. friggen.. shot her.. over education. Where do they come of thinking they have a moral leg to stand on? The insanity hangs thick in the air around the Taliban.

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2014-12-12 12:57

    Taliban, and other persons, with the same view should hang their heads in shame, congratulations Malala.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-12-12 13:44

    Malala is Pakistani and so is her dad. The thousands of Pakistani soldiers killed fighting the Taliban are also Pakistani.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-12-12 16:27

      The problem isn't them being Pakistani, the problem is them being Muslim.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-12-12 14:07

    Soldier against Islamic society?. But that is what you are Taliban.

  • Louis-Wilhelm van Heerden - 2014-12-12 14:09

    Ag, these guys should go practice blowing themselves up...

  • Jean-Pierre Paquet - 2014-12-12 21:55

    I was born a catholic...biggest bunch of hipocrites ever invented..I have looked into many religions...THEY ARE ALL AT FAULT....religion has been responsible for more deaths THAN ALL OF THE WARS FOUGHT SINCE RECORDED HISTORY COMBINED!!!...Religion is cool on paper...only US HUMANS F@K it up..BAN IT ALREADY!!

      Helen Korzynski - 2014-12-16 15:38

      Correction, you were born neutral and brainwashed a Catholic

      Anisha Sattar - 2015-06-05 21:39

      U are some what right, I agree on these religious wars should stop, leave people alone to live and learn, education comes frm god. Stop forcing religion onto people, rather let them choose, educating people on your religion and let them decide what they want to follow...... Remember when all is done n our time is over , we won't answer to any man , but we will answer before god. Stupid are those who forcefully try to make people follow their rules n kill them for not doing so.stupid are those who kill you 4 being a hindu,muslim,tamil,christian or catholic, if god wanted then children would not hv been born in these religion. LET every1 live, slaughtering children is sick and then calln it gods will......thnk b4.ur actions ......

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