Pakistan rage over Taliban attack on Malala intensifies

The wave of revulsion in Pakistan against Taliban shooting of teen activist Malala Yousafzai continued to gain strength on Sunday, with Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain describing them as “inhumane, illiterate and people from the stone-age”.

Addressing the participants of a conference held in honour of Malala at Karachi on Sunday, Hussain said that if the armed forces fail to apprehend these culprits, then the nation will be left with no other option but to look towards the international community for the safety of their children. “May I ask where are Pakistan’s armed forces, and its high-ranking personnel who utilise up to 80 per cent of the country’s resources?” the MQM chief questioned.

The 14-year-old child rights activists was attacked on October 9 when she was on her way home from school. The anger found echo in Swat, home of 14-year-old. Incensed by the attack, a local jirga declared war on Taliban until the elimination of militancy from the valley.

Swat wriggled out of the clutches of Taliban following the 2009 military operation against notorious militant commander Mullah Fazlullah aka ‘Mullah Radio’ who claimed responsibility for the attack on Malala. “The attack on Malala Yousafzai and other girls was a cowardly act which should be condemned on every platform,” Saifullah Khan, the chairperson of the Nepkikhel Aman Jirga, told a news conference at Swat Press Club on Saturday.

“The attack shows that even children are not safe from the evils of terrorists. But we clearly extend our message to anti-Pakistan elements that such cowardly acts will not deter us from fighting terrorism,” he said.

Meanwhile, three brothers of Fazlullah were arrested by the police on Sunday for alleged links to the attack on Malala, who is still on ventilator and making “slow and steady” progress.

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