Taliban Commander Writes An Open Letter To The 16-Year-Old Girl The Taliban Tried To Kill

He feels “brotherly” emotions towards her. He’s not sure whether she deserved to be attacked.

1. A senior Taliban commander, Adnan Rashid, wrote a letter to Malala Yousafzai, the brave 16-year-old girl who was shot by Taliban militants in Pakistan for campaigning for universal education. He called the Taliban’s assassination attempt “shocking.”

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2. In the letter, obtained by Channel 4 News, he says he wished the attack had “never happened” but he’d prefer not to say whether she “deserved to be killed or not.”

3. He sort of defends Taliban’s rationale behind the assassination attempt on the then 14-year-old saying the Taliban retaliated because she was running a “smearing campaign” against them.

4. He also refers to her recent speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday which was celebrated as Malala Day in honor of her fearless activism.

5. Finally he asks her to leave the U.K., where she is pursuing her studies, and return to Pakistan to learn the “book of Allah.”

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