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Jul 18, 2013

Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.

Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai may have become a hero to many in the West. But in her home country, she’s been accused of being an attention-seeker and an opportunist — and senior figures still refuse to name and shame the attackers who shot her in the head.

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  1. drmick

    The Talibans only regret is that she is still alive. While they continue their tradition as a cartel of old dry men making up rules that exclude women from any religious or political process; they will continue to be without credibility in any discussion regarding popularly elected governments. Fear of death for non compliance because you have a different opinion is one thing, but if you have a different opinion and you are a woman, then they are more barbaric that rupert murdoch, & that is saying something.

  2. zut alors

    Further to Dr Mick’s comment, no wonder the perpetrators are clinging to anonymity – imagine the monumental shame of cocking up a task as simple as shooting defenceless children captive in a bus.

  3. mikeb

    I’d suggest that the US would rather not spend money on drone attacks & would far prefer the Taliban to just blow themselves up. If the local population want to stop the drone attacks then get rid of the terrorists in your midst. The mean spirited comments about Malala seems to indicate that there is a “healthy” population of Pakistanis who are quite fond of the Taliban & their philosophy.

  4. SusieQ

    Yes, Mikeb, good point. The inability of the whatever corrupt Pakistani government over the past years to actually govern the country properly has allowed the Taliban to flourish – stop blaming drones, women, the US, whatever. How about some decent govenment and take on the Taliban.

  5. It's Just Too Hard

    Oh dear oh dear. Who in their right mind would n’t condemn the attack on Malala?

    But there is just too much of a Wag the Dog story here.

    Does it bother the author that the Neocon and CFR blue print is all over this like a cheap suit.

    I am sorry, but it has all the hallmarks of a classic CIA psyop gone very wrong. She survived, but they turned it around anyway.

  6. Limited News

    I will second “It’s Just Too Hard”. Let us remember the Pakistan has a state within a state called the ISI. The intrigues are endless.

  7. Christopher Nagle

    This brave young woman isn’t just taking on the Taliban. Pakistan is a very ‘conservative’ Islamic society that assumes girls are domestic and sexual servants in the making. They do not like uppity women, let alone girls. Demanding equal education for girls isn’t just subversive, but revolutionary. The Taliban might have been considered to have been a bit over the top in shooting her, but perhaps a flogging might have been a better option….

    Unlike India, whose industrialization is modernizing attitudes more rapidly, the failed state that is Pakistan is rapidly sinking into reactionary pre-modernism to match its industrial failure.

  8. Damien McBain

    The retched stink of Islam (and religion generally) is very pervasive.

  9. Zeke

    Christoper Nagle (7) writes:

    Pakistan is a very ‘conservative’ Islamic society that assumes girls are domestic and sexual servants in the making. They do not like uppity women, let alone girls. Demanding equal education for girls isn’t just subversive, but revolutionary.

    Do you know the 11th prime minister of Pakistan? Benazir Bhutto. She was prime minister back in 1988 when the idea of a female prime minister of Australia was considered a laughable idea.

    Oh how quickly do people forget….

    BTW, She had 2 terms as prime minister which is more than Australia was willing to give Julia Gillard.

    This is a little like the pot calling the kettle black.

  10. drmick

    Didn’t they shoot Benazir too? The Taliban certainly have a way with women.

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