October 11, 2013 |
If she'd had the chance before the bullet was fired, Malala Yousafzai told a spellbound World Bank audience Friday, she would have delivered a clear message to the Pakistani Taliban extremist who shot her in the head a year ago: "You can shoot me, but listen to me first. I want education for your sons and daughters. Now I have spoken, so do whatever you want. " Yousafzai, whose face is still partly paralyzed from the shooting, became an international celebrity after the...
October 10, 2012 |
On Tuesday afternoon, Malala Yousafzai was a 14-year-old girl riding home on a school bus. Now, after a masked gunman apparently boarded her bus, asked for her by name and shot her in the head and neck , she is fighting for her life. Malala was targeted by the Pakistani Taliban because for the past three years she has spoken out for the rights of all girls to become educated. After this despicable shooting , a Taliban spokesman said that his organization considers Malala's crusade for education rights an...
October 20, 2012
There has been much controversy about the ad being displayed in Metro stations and other cities that calls jihadis "savages" [ "Metro urged to donate ad revenue," Metro, Oct. 16]. The courageous and forthright condemnation by Pakistani clerics and laypeople of the shooting of 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai clearly establishes that jihadis cannot be equated with Muslims, and the ad does not do that. At the same time, the shooting of the brave and idealistic teenager and the jihadis' threat to come back and finish the job...
February 11, 2013
Two Feb. 4 headlines represented an eloquent, if unintended, condemnation of our feckless Afghanistan policy. " Restarting talks with Taliban is key to U.S. exit " shared Page A8 with " Girl shot by Taliban is stable after surgeries " — an update on Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for having the temerity to seek an education. A country, like an individual, should be known by the company it keeps. John Scott Williams, Fairfax Station
October 10, 2013 |
THE SAGA of Malala Yousafzai is one of inspiration forged from terrible personal sacrifice . One year ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus she was riding in Pakistan's Swat Valley, demanded to know, "Who is Malala?," and shot her in the head , along with two of her classmates. She had defied the Taliban with her support of schooling for girls , and the triggerman hoped to silence her and her beliefs. He did not kill her, nor her convictions. She survived after being flown to the United Kingdom for...
October 11, 2013 |
MINGORA, Pakistan — Residents of this town in Pakistan's scenic Swat Valley haven't had much to get excited about in recent years. Once a tourist destination, the industry collapsed in recent years as thousands of Taliban fighters roamed the valley, attempting to impose a rigid interpretation of Islamic law and blowing up some 400 schools in a campaign to prevent girls from getting an education. Some residents, including a teenager named Malala Yousafzai, refused to be bullied.