According to The Washington Post on Tuesday, the Taliban has issued a new threat against Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by one of its fighters a year ago after she refused to halt her efforts to expose the plight of schoolgirls in northwestern Pakistan.
In a telephone interview late Monday night, a top Taliban spokesman said the group will continue to look for opportunities to harm the 16-year-old girl so long as she remains an outspoken critic of efforts to impose strict Islamic law in Pakistan.
After Yousafzai defied a Taliban campaign to shutter or bomb hundreds of schools in Pakistan’s remote Swat Valley, a gunman boarded her school bus on Oct. 9, 2012, and shot her and two of her classmates. Yousafzai survived after being flown to London for treatment and within months was one of the world’s most recognized humanitarians.
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“I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban,” was released today, a day before the anniversary of her attack.
The teenager has received worldwide attention and praise from human rights groups for her outspoken stand on education. The latest Taliban comments follow efforts by Islamic militants to limit public criticism with a series of lengthy press releases attempting to justify why they shot a 15-year-old girl and two of her friends.
“We are not against Malala herself but we are against her ideology,” Shahidullah Shahid told The Telegraph by telephone from an unknown location.
“Anyone who campaigns against our religion and criticizes Islam, like she is doing with her secular ideology, is our enemy and so we will target her again, and again,” Shahid added.
Malala spoke to the BBC recently about what she’ll do after completing her education.
"I will be a politician in my future. I want to change the future of my country and I want to make education compulsory," she said. "I hope that a day will come [when] the people of Pakistan will be free, they will have their rights, there will be peace and every girl and every boy will be going to school."
Malala is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced Friday.
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