January 27, 2013 |
December Stets was just 18 when several stoic soldiers arrived at her family's door in North Carolina three years ago with a message that demolished her world: Her father, Army Staff Sgt. Mark Stets Jr., 39, had been killed by a car bomb outside a girls school in northwest Pakistan. "I wanted to cry, but I was in shock," said December Stets, who recalled holding her sobbing mother in her arms. In the chaos that follows most such attacks, it is not usually possible to finger those responsible.
October 23, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It's a well-known fact in Pakistan that Osama bin Laden died in 2006 and that the U.S. commando raid on his compound in May 2011 was merely a "drama" orchestrated by President Obama to help win reelection. Of course, if that were true, Obama might have waited until after the first presidential debate of the campaign season to fake the al-Qaeda leader's killing. But no matter. Pakistanis love a good conspiracy theory. Some national newspapers and TV cable...
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...
October 16, 2012 |
MINGORA, Pakistan — Under a portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, the ninth-grade girls clasped their chemistry texts, smoothed their white head scarves and movingly voiced support for the cause of their classmate, Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban last week because she advocated a girl's right to attend school. "In our hearts is the thirst for education," one 14-year-old told reporters brought to her classroom by the Pakistani military's public relations wing Monday. "We want to show the world that...
October 15, 2012
As a female doctor from Pakistan, I am disgusted by the attempted assassination of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai [" The Taliban's terror ," editorial, Oct. 11]. To me, the attack on this Pakistani girl was actually directed at the legacy of the prophet Muhammad, who declared, "Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman," and added, "Seek knowledge even if you have to go to China. " Ayesha, the prophet's wife, was a learned woman who imparted knowledge to men and women.
October 12, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Islamic clerics across Pakistan appeared to overwhelmingly join in the global condemnation of the Taliban's shooting of a 14-year-old education activist as mosque-goers devoted their Friday prayers to the grievously wounded girl. Friday afternoon services often serve as a barometer of public sentiment in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world, and with seemingly rare exceptions, many prayer leaders included mention of Malala Yousafzai, who survived an...