Brown: 'Nobody will believe a word the Taliban says'

Gordon Brown said "nobody will believe a word the Taliban says" about the right of girls like Malala Yousafzai to have an education "until they stop burning down schools and stop massacring pupils."

Following the Taliban commander's letter to Malala in which he accuses her of creating a smear campaign, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education said the Taliban are "on the defensive".

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.
UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. Credit: Reuters

Mr Brown said: "The Taliban are on the defensive because four million people, two million of them in Pakistan, have now signed petitions calling for every girl to have their education in safety.

"I will visit Pakistan in the next few weeks as we build on Malala Day. During my visit I will step up the pressure for action to ensure that the three to four million Pakistani girls now denied education have a chance to go to school by the end of 2015."

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Taliban sends letter to Malala

A senior Taliban commander in Pakistan has written a letter to Malala Yousafzai and said that the attack which saw her shot in the head was not due to her education campaigning but due to the "smear campaign" she ran against the Taliban.