17 April, 2021

Swat The Taliban

Malala was a warning. Pakistan has to build a stomach for a fight.

AFP (From Outlook 29 October 2012)
Swat The Taliban

Girl Power Points

  • Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old activist vocal about the right to education of girls in Swat, was shot by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
  • Protests erupt across Pakistan, with common people decrying the Taliban’s depravity 
  • Most parties have cautiously avoided criticising the Taliban
  • After treatment at a Peshawar military hospital, Malala was flown to the UK, and is recovering in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital. Her condition is stable, but she’s not quite out of danger.


“I think about it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong.” Words of striking clarity. Written by Malala Yousafzai when she was only 11 years old. It was 2009, when Taliban fighters had descended on the picturesque Swat valley and repeatedly attacked schools, offices, cinemas, barber and music shops. The local town square was renamed Khooni...

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