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Taliban: Malala was attacked due to 'her propaganda'

It is amazing that you are shouting for education, you and the UN is pretending that as you were shot due to education, although this is not the reason, be honest, not the education but your propaganda was the issue and what you are doing now, you are using your tongue on the behest of the others and you must know that if the pen is mightier than the sword then tongue is sharper and the injury of sword can be hailed but the injury of the tongue never hails and in the wars tongue is more destructive than any weapon.

– Adnan Rasheed, Taliban commander

Taliban attacked Malala 'because of provocative writing'

A senior Taliban commander in Pakistan wrote a letter to Malala Yousafzai saying that the reason she was attacked was because her "provocative writings" and not because of her campaign for education.

In the letter Adnan Rasheed said:

When you were attacked it was shocking for me I wished it would never happened and I had advised you before.

Taliban attacked you, was it Islamically correct or wrong, or you were deserved to be killed or not, I will not go in this argument now, let’s we leave it to Allah All mighty, He is the best judge.

Here I want to advise you as I am already late, I wish I would have advised you in my prison time and this accident would never happened.

First of all please mind that Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl.

Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in swat and your writings were provocative.


Taliban commander 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.

Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

In the letter, Adnan Rasheed said that had he not been in hiding after escaping from prison at the time of the attack he would have tried to stop it from happening.

Malala back at school for first time since attack

Malala Yousafzai has returned to school for the first time since she was attacked by the Taliban in October last year.

Malala Yousafzai attended Edgbaston High School for Girls today. Credit: Handout

She went to Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham where she will now study before choosing which subjects she wants to take at GCSE level.

Malala Yousafzai walks to school for the first time since she was attacked by the Taliban in October. Credit: Handout

The 15 year old said, “I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity".

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham”, she added.

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Malala Yousafzai up for Nobel Peace Prize

Credit: QE Hospital

It's being reported by NBC that Malala Yousafzai – the young girl shot in the face by the Taliban – has been formally nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, who was treated for her injuries at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, was shot on her way home from school for her efforts in promoting girls' education in Pakistan.

Her name was put forward by three members of the Norwegian parliament on Friday.

If awarded, Malala will be the youngest recipient and one of only 15 females to be awarded the prize.


Malala asks Pakistan not to name school after her

A student tears up a picture of Malala Yousufzai at the school named in her honour in her home town of Mingora Credit: Reuters

15-year-old Malala Yousafzai has asked authorities in Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a school in her honour, in order to avert attacks on students, officials said.

Malala made the request after students broke into the school, tore down Malala's picture and boycotted classes in her home town of Mingora.

A government official said Malala called him from hospital in the UK, where she is recovering after being shot by the Taliban for promoting education across Pakistan.

Pakistan President to visit Malala in Birmingham hospital

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zadari is due to visit Malala Yousafzai in hospital in Birmingham.

Malala has been in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 15th October after she was shot by the Taliban earlier that month.

Malala Yousafzai reads a card as she recuperates at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in October Credit: Reuters

The 14-year-old made a name for herself by speaking out against the Taliban and advocating education for women. She wrote a blog for the BBC's Urdu Service about her experience living in the Swat Valley.

She is was shot in the head and neck after a Taliban militant boarded the school bus she was travelling on in the capital of the Swat Valley region Mingora. Doctors say her injuries are not life-threatening.

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