It is known that the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan – TTP) hold traditional and cultural ideas which sometimes leads them to implement shallow and un-Islamic policies – a flaw they share along with the ruling Liberal elite of Pakistan. However, as flawed as the Pakistani Taliban are, the tragic shooting of Malala Yousafzai was not due to an opinion they hold that women should not be educated, and it was most certainly not because of an Islamic opinion against women’s education.
“If anyone thinks that Malala is targeted because of education, that’s absolutely wrong, and propaganda of Media…Tehrik taliban’s crime [that our enemies hate us for] wasn’t that they banned education for girls, instead our crime is that we tried to bring Education system for both boys and girls under shariah” Ihsan-ullah-Ihsan, Central spokesman TTP
It should be noted that all Islamic political groups and organisations throughout the Muslim world advocate education for men and women. Indeed, the Pakistani Taliban were angry at the Pakistani Military for besieging and attacking Lal Mosque, and the Jamia Hafsah complex in 2007 – an institution that teaches both men and women. The idea of educating both genders is not controversial or disputed amongst Islamic scholarship, and is something that has existed in the Islamic world for 1,400 years.
The real reason Malala was attacked, was not some dispute over female education, but actually was a reason that the Western governments don’t want people to realise. The Pakistani Taliban are not the cause of all the problems in the region, but they are merely one of the symptoms of the problem.
They rose to power mainly as a direct reaction against Western foreign policy in the region. They are the result of many Pakistanis being pushed too far by U.S. Barbarism and the brutal actions of the puppet regime of Pakistan -a mix of cynical pragmatists and Westernised Liberals who have grown rich off the poverty and misery of the Pakistani people. Quite simply, the bloody U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the Pakistani government support of that invasion, the displacement of millions in SWAT by the sledgehammer-like operations of the Pakistani military, and the incessant and notoriously undiscriminating U.S. drone strikes (which have killed 168 Children) have caused people to become extremely resentful to the point of declaring all out war against Western imperialist encroachment, and all perceived manifestations of the Western influence in Pakistan.
Sadly, Malala was shot because her attackers, in their paranoia, perceived her as one such manifestation, possibly as an agent of the U.S. and its Pakistani Liberal allies. Although it may not have been known to them, at the time, when her and her father had dealings with U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, it was certainly known to the Taliban that they were actively agitating against the Taliban – so
mething that certainly coincides with U.S. and Pakistani Liberal strategy.
“Its a clear command of shariah that any female, that by any means play role in war against mujahideen, should be killed. Malala Yousafzai was playing a vital role in bucking up the emotions of [support for the] Murtad[Pakistani] army and Government of Pakistan, and was inviting muslims to hate mujahideen” Ihsan-ullah-Ihsan, Central spokesman TTP
Regardless of whether or not Malala was a U.S. pawn in the ‘great game’ being played in the region then, she certainly has become one now. The U.S. and British governments have capitalised on her horrific attack, and come out in support of Malala, depicting her as a brave girl who merely campaigned for women’s rights to education – something the Pakistani Taliban have not stated was the reason for their misguided attack. The appalling ordeal suffered by poor Malala is now being cynically used by the U.S and by the elitist Liberals of Pakistan to deride all resistance to American foreign policy in the region, and advocate increasing military operations within Pakistan.
Pakistani Liberals have opportunistically jumped on the Malala’s story, and have created a martyr cult around Malala with such fanaticism, it would put even Evangelical Christians to shame. These Western-awed individuals are now even unashamedly and openly supporting U.S. drone attacks (see photo below) which have been responsible for the death of 168 ‘Malalas’.
People may argue that the Drone strikes are not like terrorism, since terrorism involves the deliberate killing of civilians for political goals. But how is that different from those who pursue (materialistic) political goals, like the U.S. government, who know that a far disproportionate number of civilians will die as a result of an operation yet wilfully continue along with that course of action, deeming those civilians to be an ‘acceptable’ price to pay for its political gain’? The bottom line is, there is no difference.
Unfortunately, the truth of the situation is, the Pakistani Taliban arose as a result of the American Imperialism and militancy in the region. Although the U.S. Government and Pakistani Liberal ruling elite like to blame the Pakistani Taliban for all the evils in the region, the blamers have only themselves to blame, since as we all know, every action, has an equal and opposite reaction – and their actions have been numerous and bloody indeed.