Isn’t it quite disgraceful and ignominious to find that we have become too oblivious of the ongoing in our neighboring state?? Yes, I am talking about Pakistan who share the same ethnicity with most of India and was once a part of us.
October 9, 2012 – Mingora, Pakistan : A school bus was carrying a group of children back home when suddenly it was stopped by a bunch of Taliban militants. One of them got up and enquired about Malala and even warned that he would burn the entire bus to ashes if no one responded. A young girl rose up her hand without any fear and answered with a fuzz “I am Malala. What do you want from me?” The militant got closer to her, put his gun on her head and SPLASSHHH!!!. The bullet entered her head, passed through her neck and ended up inside her shoulder. She was then rushed to the hospital where the bullet was removed but she remained unconscious for days. She was sent to Rawalpindi after a couple of days for better treatment where she was administered by a panel of British and Pakistani doctors.
October 12, 2012 – Islamabad, Pakistan : A group of 50 Islamic clerics issued a fatwā against those who tried to attack her. It followed by a harsh comment by the Taliban group who said they would make another attempt to kill the girl and her father Ziauddin.
October 15, 2012 – Birmingham, United Kingdom : Malala was brought to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for intensive rehabilitation after the concerns by the doctors at Rawalpindi. After a couple of days, she came into consciousness and was able to meet her parents and the younger of her two little brothers. The doctors were quite in turmoil after the situation as whether she will recover smoothly or not because the left part of her brain was damaged which meant that her actions on the right part of the body might go silent. She was brave enough to encourage her parents by saying “I am doing well and will be alright in no time”
-After she was shot and was being taken to the hospital
-At Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
Wondering who this girl is?? Well, she is Malala Yousafzai, daughter of Ziauddin Yousafzai and a child activist who fights for women empowerment in the Swat Valley in the Pashtun region in Pakistan. At this tender age of 15, she had seen so much of misery which we can never imagine. It all started a couple of years ago in 2009 when the Taliban control in this place inhibited girls from going to school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She was rising after exposing the misdoings in her place to the world. All this fame was followed by the aforementioned attack.
It was in the January of 2009 when it was first aired on the radio by the Taliban militants that no girl would be allowed to go to school and the punishment for not obeying could be cruel enough to kill one’s soul, a hundred times. Young Malala and some of her friends decided to go to school but in the normal civil dresses so as to not let the Taliban militants know where they were headed to. Later, an excerpt in the newspaper created a wave in Pakistan which clearly depicted the condition in the Swat Valley. It was a BBC blog by a person whose identity had been kept in confidence owing to the blogger’s security. The blogger was none other than Malala herself.
Some of her blogs were:-
I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taleban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taleban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools.
Only 11 students attended the class out of 27. The number decreased because of Taleban’s edict. My three friends have shifted to Peshawar, Lahore and Rawalpindi with their families after this edict.
On my way from school to home I heard a man saying ‘I will kill you’. I hastened my pace and after a while I looked back if the man was still coming behind me. But to my utter relief he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone.
-Malala Yousafzai, 3 January 2009 BBC blog entry
It seems that it is only when dozens of schools have been destroyed and hundreds others closed down that the army thinks about protecting them. Had they conducted their operations here properly, this situation would not have arisen.
-Malala Yousafzai 24 January 2009 BBC blog entry
People do not leave their homeland on their own free will – only poverty or a lover usually makes you leave so rapidly.
-Malala Yousafzai 9 February 2009 BBC blog entry
O God bring peace to Swat and if not then bring either the US or China here.
-Malala Yousafzai quoting her younger brother, 3 March 2009
I have a new dream … I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises.
-Malala Yousafzai Class Dismissed (documentary)
I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.
-Malala Yousafzai envisioning a confrontation with the Taliban
Malala had been in contact with the BBC officials for quite a long time who used to get the Swat conditions over phone. Then, she decided to blog to let the public know of the scene. There were warnings to the Taliban by the government but in vain.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai "is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity," adding that if she survived, they would target her again. Taliban leaders had decided a few months earlier to kill her, and assigned gunmen to carry it out. In the days following the attack, the Taliban reiterated their justification, saying Yousafzai had been brainwashed by her father, Ziauddin. “We warned him several times to stop his daughter from using dirty language against us, but he didn’t listen and forced us to take this extreme step,” a Taliban spokesman said, adding that Yousafzai and her father remain on the Taliban’s list of intended victims. The Taliban later seemed to be qualifying their criticism, saying "We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahideen and their war", although the Taliban had closed girls’ schools in Swat as part of their rule. The Taliban also justified their attack as part of religious scripture, saying that the "Quran says that people propagating against Islam and Islamic forces would be killed", going on to say that "Sharia says that even a child can be killed if he is propagating against Islam". Other groups strongly disagreed. On 12 October 2012, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā – a ruling of Islamic law – against the Taliban gunmen who tried to kill Yousafzai. Islamic scholars from the Sunni Ittehad Council publicly denounced attempts by the Pakistani Taliban to mount religious justifications for the shooting of Yousafzai and two of her classmates. Most Pakistani government officials have refrained from publicly criticising the Taliban by name over the attack, in what critics say is a lack of resolve against extremism.
November 10, 2012 – Geneva, Switzerland : Former British Prime Minister and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan "I am Malala" and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Brown said he would hand the petition to Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in November. UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has announced that November 10 will be celebrated as Malala Day
-Malala optimistic about recovery in Birmingham