UK & World News
Malala: Al Qaeda Slates Support For Shot Girl
Al Qaeda has reportedly hit out at the widespread support for a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban - and asked why she has been hailed a heroine.
Malala Yousafzai, 15, is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being attacked by a gunman in Pakistan, and has since received thousands of goodwill messages.
The hospital said she continues to make steady progress and is in a stable condition after she was admitted a week ago following initial treatment in Pakistan.
The teenager was shot with two classmates as they made their way home from school in Swat, in the north west of the country.
She was attacked by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls and criticising the militant group.
The hospital said a bullet that struck her just above her left eye had grazed the edge of her brain. Foreign Secretary William Hague described the atrocity as "barbaric".
In a letter translated by the Site Intelligence Group, al Qaeda's Pakistani spokesman Ustad Ahmad Farooq asked why Malala's blood was "more important" than those of women killed in military operations.
He also asked why the media and the public were silent about women who die due to poverty.
In the letter, called Why Mourn Malala So Much? and addressed to "(my) beloved Pakistani brothers and sisters", Farooq said: "Nobody spoke up for thousands of such Malalas who became victims of military operations, and nobody protested for them on the roads.
"But these circles made so much noise when we targeted this girl who made fun of jihad, the veil and other Islamic values on behest of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
"This attack created shockwaves in the ruling circles around the world. They issued a number of statements condemning the attack on Malala. I may ask why? Why is Malala's blood more important than those killed by the army?"
Thousands of people have rallied across Pakistan in support of Malala, and people have called for the government to act. Pakistani authorities claim to have made a number of arrests.
Malala has been able to stand with help for the first time in hospital and is "communicating very freely", according to an official.
The girl still cannot talk because she has a tracheotomy tube inserted to protect her airway, which was swollen after the shooting, but she is writing notes, according to Dr Dave Rosser, medical director of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Hello, regular commenting on Orange News and Sport pages closes on Thursday 30 May 2013. We will continue to provide a commenting facility on major news and sport events on orangeworld.co.uk. Contact us via http://oran.ge/OWfeedback if you have any further questions. Thanks.
what do you think?
No mention of the Fatwa put on the killer by the Pakistan clerics then?
Taliban - morally and intellectualy bankrupt. Their words have no meaning and should be ignored.
al qaeda your days are numbered, cause this story is going to be your Achilles heal for years to come.
sorry to say it but lets cut away the sensationalism of the head line and look at what they have said.....read it and allow it to sink in..... this girl was tragically cold bloodedly shot admittedly....but havn't they got a strong point,one which i said last week....what about the innocents we kill every week and the tens of thousands our weapons have killed over the last twenty years,yet this story makes its propogandic headlines as though all the other innocent people dont count at all,remember for this one girl sensationilsed by the media we have killed many thousands like her in....iraq,afghanisthan and libya.....its nothing more than the propoganda machine wheeling out its easy meat brainwashing.
Simon agree. But for me this girl's story is vital.
While I may agree to a point (a very fine one) there is one vital and massive difference between the two. We don't hunt down and assassinate 15 year old girls preaching for their freedom. Look at the trouble we were having sending Hamza packing because we truely believe in freedom of speech. THAT is what makes us better. We don't target these 'innocents'. And I believe (I could be mistaken but I do remember hearing this) the 'blood of the innocent' is actually more often or not spilled by the terror organisations anyway whether it be through their bombs/shootings etc anyway. They are just very clever in manipulating their supporters.
Jason, I'm sorry I somewhat disagree...we are no better,in fact we are allot worse..... Iraq....millions killed in the name of what?oil... How many innocent people did we kill...the powers that be didn't care...too some how put a pretty ribbon on the people that we have killed in the name of our "justice"is quite abhorrent and clearly you have not thought this through.
This comment has been removed for violations of our Terms and Conditions.
Ken.....what planet are you on?
Millions killed in Iraq? Go on then, how many millions?
About 1.5 to 2 million lorgar
Where did you go lorgar...you didn't do a little research did you rather than take the spin masters ludicrous figures, you see,I remember the figures they spouted at the first war with Iraq...250,000 republican guard,a million servicemen.....I also remember the bragging about 100,000 bombs dropped in the first couple of months....estimations are that 70% of war casualties are civilians even with our "humane "ways of killing....and the media want to pump up the story of one girl to make then look like savages, savages they might be, however we're supposed to be civilized...now I'd say we have dropped write a bit more than 100,000 bombs now wouldn't you but I expect you think they are dropped with compassion and only hurt the nasty men...get real
Good points, Simon. Don't forget too the innocent people (often children) who are killed by unexploded munitions like cluster bomblets and the massive rise in cancers and birth defects due to the amount of depleted uranium shells that have been left to poison water supplies and irradiated whole areas after being fired all over the place. I think it's fair to say that atrocities have been committed on both sides.
One day this girl will lead her country out of darkness.Good luck.
hopefully, if she is not assassinated first by the medieval taliban or al qaeda. hope she does survive and puts these thugs to shame.
It is good to see progress in this young persons life. There is no excuse for this disgraceful act, and the Taliban are no more than a semi organised bunch of wasters. God please bless this girl. Peter,Holmfirth.(a Brummie)
Sounds like AQ realised that this was a bit of an own goal...
So, if you don't like what the say.....shoot em!
Its what we do after all...