The Taliban Is Afraid Of Teenage Girls, Ctd


Reflecting on the attempted murder of Malala Yusufzai, Kamila Shamsie wonders how to deal with the Taliban:

For political differences, seek political solutions. But what do you do in the face of an enemy with a pathological hatred of woman? What is it that you're saying if you say (and I do, in this case) there can be no starting point for negotiations? I believe in due process of law; I know violence begets violence. But as I keep clicking my Twitter feed for updates on Malala Yousafzai's condition, and find instead one statement after another from the government, political parties, and the army (writing in capital letters) condemning the attack, I find myself thinking, do any of you know the way forward? Today, I'm unable to see it. But Malala, I'm sure, would tell me I'm wrong. Let her wake up, and do that.

Nadeem Paracha is fed up with the unwillingness of many Pakistanis to publicly challenge the Taliban over such despicable acts: 

In Malala's case, thankfully, no one showered rose petals on the perpetrator, like some lawyers did after [Punjab governor Salmon] Taseer's murder [for "blasphemy"]. A flood of statements condemning the young girl's shooting came pouring in from politicians, military men, journalists, and common people. But only few were ready to explicitly mention, or even condemn, the perpetrator: the Taliban. 

Some of Pakistan's gallant politicians and wise ulema refused to speak out from fear. Others kept silent to safeguard their belief that the drones are bigger culprits than men who have thus far killed more than 36,000 civilians, soldiers, and police in our country.

(Photo: A Pakistani demonstrator carries a candle during a protest against the assassination attempt of child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Karachi on October 11, 2012. By Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)