STILL smarting over their failure to kill Malala Yousafzai, a Taliban leader in Pakistan told ABC News that, given the opportunity, they would have another go at assassinating her.
Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said:
We targeted Malala Yousafzai because she attacked Islam and make a jokes on Islam, if we found her again then we would definitely try to kill her and will feel proud on her death. We didn’t target her for spreading education in her area, we targeted her for making jokes of Islam, and that was enough reason for attacking her.
Malala was 11 years old when she took a stand against the Taliban, who had issued an edict that all girls’ schools should be closed. She began advocating for the right to go to school, writing an anonymous blog for the BBC and appearing in a New York Times documentary.
Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, ran a girls’ school in the SWAT Valley, and had been targeted for death by the Taliban. And Malala’s increasing visibility put her at risk as well.
When the Taliban struck, on the morning of Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Malala was on a schoolbus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman got on, asked for the girl by name and then shot her three times.
The bullet narrowly missed Malala’s brain and she was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, six days after the attack. She spent nearly three months in the hospital and underwent numerous surgeries.
Now Malala and her family are living in Birmingham and she is back at school.
The Taliban’s bullets did nothing to dim her commitment to campaigning for the rights of girls to receive an education.
She spent her 16th birthday giving a speech at the United Nations and has become the youngest person to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
She has also founded the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports girls education around the world through grants and partner collaborations.
And it has just been announced that Malala has been invited by the Queen to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on October 18.