Threats to Malala continue... By Masood
10 October, 2013
When the Taliban targeted Malala Yousafzai on October 9, 2012, they had never imagined what the result of their action would be. The world came to know about what Malala had recorded in her diary. She wrote what she saw, observed and felt during the Taliban occupation of Swat valley in 2007 and 2008. Those were terrible times when Pakistanis tasted a reign of terror. Those violating the Taliban's code of conduct and other opponents were lashed or publicly hanged in Mingora's main square, later re-named as khooni chowk (bloody square). Female education was banned; girl students and their teachers were warned of dire consequences if they ever tried to attend schools. After the expulsion of the Taliban from Swat, the situation has improved but fear and uncertainty still govern the valley.
Despite open threats from the Taliban, Malala stayed on in Swat. No one thought that they would target a child. By attacking her, the Taliban themselves gave birth to an icon. Since the attack, she has not looked back and has moved forward with courage and determination. She was at the UN headquarters on July 12, 2013 addressing a youth assembly on her 16th birthday. She is now one of the top runners for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. While the world loves and respects Malala's courage and dedication, there is no change in the Taliban's stance towards her. They have repeatedly threatened to kill her if she ever attempted to come back. They continue to weave conspiracy theories declaring her to be a western stooge, working to defame Islam and Pakistan. As her schoolmates pray in secret for her to win the Nobel prize, we hope that one day her dreams come true.
Jubail, Saudi Arabia