The Pakistani Taliban, al-Qaida and Muslim conservatives in Pakistan are struggling to justify their action for the attempted killing of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, calling her a "spy of the West."
An overwhelming majority of the Pakistani nation’s citizens is protesting against the attempted killing of Malala, and for the first time, the Taliban are attempting to justify their action.
According to the latest reports, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, al-Qaida and conservative groups in Pakistan have launched a massive campaign in order to justify the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai. In response to the shooting of the teenage girl from Swat, there have been widespread protests against the Taliban in the country, and the Taliban are trying to calm the situation by justifying their action.
On Tuesday, al-Qaida's media wing released a three-page leaflet in the tribal areas of Pakistan to state why there was a need to kill Malala Yousafzai. In it, the Taliban deny that they attempted to kill the girl for advocating education for girls. Instead, they said that Malala was targeted because she was the “spy of the West” and that she denounced Jihad.
"For this espionage, infidels gave her awards and rewards. And Islam orders killing of those who are spying for enemies," the group said in the leaflet, according to nbcnews.com. "We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahedeen and their war. Shariah (Islamic law) says that even a child can be killed if he is propagating against Islam."
Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban last Tuesday while on her way back from school. One bullet was lodged in her head and one near her spine, and it took a lot of effort for the doctors to save her life. After receiving initial treatment from Pakistan, Malala was flown to the UK on Monday for further treatment. The doctors in Britain are now saying that Malala has every chance of making a “good recovery.”
Meanwhile, the Taliban have said that they are going to try and kill Malala Yousafzai again if she is recovered. Yesterday, two visitors came to pay a visit to Malala but were not allowed to see her and turned away by the hospital management. Due to the sensitive nature of this case, and the Taliban's open threat against her, Malala is being held under tight security.