Purported letter from Taliban to Malala Yousafzai: Why we shot you

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 In a letter to a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head on her way home from school, a senior Taliban commander purportedly tells her that she was targeted not because she advocated education for all girls, but rather for her criticism of the militant group.


The letter attributed to Adnan Rashid was released just days after 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai took the stage at the United Nations, where she delivered an emotional plea for the right to go to school on behalf of all children.

Malala was 15 when gunmen jumped on her school bus and shouted her name, scaring other girls into identifying her, in the Swat Valley on October 9, 2012. The attack sparked massive protests in Pakistan and condemnation worldwide.

"The Taliban believe you were intentionally writing against them and running a smear campaign to malign their effort to establish an Islamic system in (the) Swat Valley, and your writings were provocative," according to the letter, which was dated Monday and released to CNN by a Pakistan intelligence source.

"You have said in your speech … that the pen is mightier than the sword. So they attacked you for your sword not your books or school."

Written By: Chelsea J. Carter and Saima Mohsin
continue to source article at cnn.com

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  1. What’s the difference? These grown ” men ” attacked a little girl and, validity of this letter or not, are trash.

    The reason given here is a stupid as the reason given when the attack happened.

  2. This purported correspondence from an escaped convict is just damage control by the Taliban after Malala’s well received speech at the UN. He conveniently forgets the threats his lieutenants made recently “to finish her off” at the next opportunity. Such utter hypocrisy- but what else can one expect from a person suffering an extreme form of a mental disease .jcw

  3. This letter is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to justify another of the taliban’s inexpressibly heinous, morally repugnant, completely unjustifiable act of barbary. It would render these thugs even more deserving of contempt than before if that were somehow possible. Coming from them however, such rhetoric is utterly unsurprising. Nothing, but absolutely nothing is beneath those monsters.

  4. Clearly, ignorance doesn’t pay, and although they’re too ignorant to know it, I think that somewhere in the deep dark recesses of their befuddled “brains” there’s a dim awareness that in order to maintain power they have to prevent women gaining knowledge, because if they do, not only will the poor saps have to resist their natural urges towards females but they’ll also have to deal with them on an intellectual level, and that really would be a disastrous situation for them.

    So it’s kill, kill, kill!

  5. Adnan Rashid is a liar, a thief, a murderer and does unpleasant things to little girls. Nice to see he takes seriously the admonition to emulate his prophet in all things.

    Poisonous little reptile. (Sorry reptiles.)

  6. Telling the truth and standing up for human dignity isn’t “running a smear campaign”, nor is it “maligning their efforts”.

    If the Taliban was in any way concerned about things that bring disrepute to Islam, they would all kill themselves.

    Its about political power, other people have it, and they want it, and they don’t care what laws or standards of behaviour they destroy in order to get it.

    The reason you are despised and criticised around the world is not because people don’t understand you, but because people understand you very well, and because you deserve the criticism. You earn it every time you commit the most beastly and uncivilised crimes

  7. Every commenter here seems to have ignored the word “Purported”. Is the letter really from the Taliban, or some other party – an enemy of the Taliban trying to make them look even worse than they are, or a sick joker, ( or …)?

    • In reply to #16 by God fearing Atheist:

      Every commenter here seems to have ignored the word “Purported”. Is the letter really from the Taliban, or some other party – an enemy of the Taliban trying to make them look even worse than they are, or a sick joker, ( or …)?

      Are you suggesting the author might be a Poe?

    • In reply to #16 by God fearing Atheist:

      Every commenter here seems to have ignored the word “Purported”. Is the letter really from the Taliban, or some other party – an enemy of the Taliban trying to make them look even worse than they are, or a sick joker, ( or …)?

      For people to think like that requires critical thinking — something that despite the lip service goes right out the window for most people on this site when there is a chance to mock theists and doubly so if those theists are Muslims.

      • In reply to #18 by Red Dog:

        For people to think like that requires critical thinking — something that despite the lip service goes right out the window for most people on this site when there is a chance to mock theists and doubly so if those theists are Muslims.

        If she is a Poe then she’s a damn good one, probably a Muslim or ex-Muslim herself. Though somehow, I still doubt it. One doesn’t actually need to make this stuff up.

        • More like the Taliban claiming Adnan Rashid is a Poe – no-one could seriously believe such a liberal outburst was sanctioned by the ‘real’ leadership.

          In reply to #19 by Peter Grant:

          In reply to #18 by Red Dog:

          For people to think like that requires critical thinking — something that despite the lip service goes right out the window for most people on this site when there is a chance to mock theists and doubly so if those theists are Muslims.

          If she is a Poe then she’s a damn…

          • That letter proves he is really a deep cover liberal.

            Re Malala, would have been nice to see her deliver that speech to all the leaders of the UN countries at the general assembly rather than the youth assembly.

            In reply to #28 by Peter Grant:

            In reply to #23 by Marktony:

            So this Adnan Rashid isn’t fanatical enough for the Taliban? LMFAO!

          • In reply to #29 by Marktony:

            That letter proves he is really a deep cover liberal.

            Must be a very deep cover if it involved him in assassination attempts and forced him to serve prison time.

      • In reply to #18 by Red Dog:

        In reply to #16 by God fearing Atheist:

        For people to think like that requires critical thinking — something that despite the lip service goes right out the window for most people on this site when there is a chance to mock theists and doubly so if those theists are Muslims.

        Yes, because the people on this thread condemning the hypocrisy of the murderous Taliban shows the rampant and uncritical anti-theistic Islamophobia on this site to best effect, doesn’t it?

        I frankly find it shocking that, of all the places you could have made a perfectly debatable point, you made it here and in the wake of yet another Taliban atrocity, fake letter or no. It’s the Taliban, for crying out loud. I thought you had a better sense of perspective than that.

        If you’re going to criticize, at least do it in the right context.

        • In reply to #20 by Zeuglodon:

          es, because the people on this thread condemning the hypocrisy of the murderous Taliban shows the rampant and uncritical anti-theistic Islamophobia on this site to best effect, doesn’t it?

          All I’m saying is that its a reasonable question to ask. There are plenty of examples of one side using propaganda and releasing false information. If you’ve ever read the book CIA diary by, I forget his name Victor Marchetti I think, anyway he was a CIA operative in South America. That was a regular part of his job to release false statements and other misleading information to the press that “took responsibility” for actions committed by right wing death squads allied with the US and blamed them on communists.

          Or a more recent example the famous incubators before the first Gulf War. After the invasion of Kuwait there was a nurse who told a horrific tale of Iraq troops pulling newborns from incubators because iraq needed them for some reason. It turned out the “nurse” was a daughter or niece of the King of Kuwait and the whole story was a lie.

          Now, I’m not for a minute saying I have any evidence that such a thing is going on here. I don’t. And if I had to guess my odds would be that this story probably is legitimate. My point though is that the rational thing to do is to consider all the possibilities not just leap to the conclusion that best fits in with your worldview which is what most of you gleefully do — then in later posts you preen about how rational and critical thinking you are compared to those faith head theists who just believe what they want to believe.

          As Elvis Costello said in a song I used to be disgusted by all this hypocrisy but now I’m just amused.

          • In reply to #21 by Red Dog:

            In reply to #20 by Zeuglodon:

            es, because the people on this thread condemning the hypocrisy of the murderous Taliban shows the rampant and uncritical anti-theistic Islamophobia on this site to best effect, doesn’t it?

            All I’m saying is that its a reasonable question to ask.

            I’m not disputing that at all, but dude, is it really ravenously out of character for a group who are willing to shoot people to also try and “justify” it with lies afterwards when it goes global? It doesn’t strike me as being heinously biased to think so, certainly not Islamophobic or viciously anti-theistic.

            What I object to is not the point you were supporting, but your shooting the message by using it as an excuse to snark at other users’ critical faculties. Your second comment (other than the last two lines, which are just condescending) would have done quite nicely as a splash of reality. The first one just comes across as being in extremely poor taste.

      • ” A senior representative of Tehreek Taliban has said that the Taliban has no symphathies with Malala Yousafzai, and that she would be targeted again if she chose to return to Pakistan, BBC Urdu reported.

        The representative said that neither was Adnan Rashid a senior commander of the Taliban nor did the Taliban have anything to do with the letter that Rashid wrote to Malala on Wednesday.

        He said that Malala had been targeted because of her efforts in promoting secular education in Pakistan and her becoming a part of the West’s propaganda, which though reflect what Rashid mentioned in his letter.

        The Taliban Council had obtained the actual draft of the letter that Rashid had sent Malala, and whether it had any content that went against the rules of the Taliban was being assessed, he said. “

        http://tribune.com.pk/story/578724/letter-to-malala-we-will-target-malala-on-return-vow-taliban/

        It’s a broad church! Probably not a fake letter but doesn’t seem to have the full backing of his comrades.
        This doesn’t seem likely to improve their reputation.
        Possible the reporters were suffering from confirmation bias, like (allegedly) most people posting here.

        In reply to #18 by Red Dog:

        In reply to #16 by God fearing Atheist:

        Every commenter here seems to have ignored the word “Purported”. Is the letter really from the Taliban, or some other party – an enemy of the Taliban trying to make them look even worse than they are, or a sick joker, ( or …)?

        For people to think like that…

  8. As I kicked off this shit storm, perhaps I should share my thinking.

    I have observed journalists have a habit of playing fast and loose with the truth in pursuit of selling sensational headlines ahead of their rivals. However, the CNN reporter in this case was sufficiently uncertain of the source to add the word “Purported”. That is a double warning sign. The CNN page has now gone.

    Marktony has now updated us that the letter appears to be from a more junior associate of the Taliban, who was not quite on message.

    Red Dog has given many instances where the media were manipulated for propaganda purposes.

    Enough information has come out for me to think the Taliban are sick fuckers, but that doesn’t mean I have to suspend my critical thinking and swallow every line about them hook, line and sinker, especially when a journalist flags their own article.

    • OK. As posted by Zeuglodon, the intended polite reminder came across as more than a little condescending, that’s all.

      In reply to #24 by God fearing Atheist:

      As I kicked off this shit storm, perhaps I should share my thinking.

      I have observed journalists have a habit of playing fast and loose with the truth in pursuit of selling sensational headlines ahead of their rivals. However, the CNN reporter in this case was sufficiently uncertain of the source t…

    • In reply to #24 by God fearing Atheist:

      The CNN page has now gone.

      What do you mean by gone? The above link still works fine for me. Did you watch the video?

      Taliban inspired or not, the above letter is still brimming with more than enough crazy.

  9. Go figure, the US sends Pakistan millions of dollars every year in support. ‘Course that’s why we can get away with sending them a drone every month or so. Besides she did provoke these bastards. Her audacity just couldn’t go unpunished. What’s a young girl think she’s doing trying to get an education in the first place. I guess criticizing this gang of murderers was the final straw.

    • How do you know she believes that – she may be a cultural muslim. Given her age and background it is not surprising she is still a believer. Anyway, her religious belief does not seem to have stopped her becoming an education activist. There are plenty of religious people who are nevertheless great educators. One that comes to mind is Ken Miller, a Roman Catholic. Here is a video where he makes the case against Intelligent Design and for evolution:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4r2J6Y5AqE

      In reply to #32 by The Grapes of Roth:

      Malala Yousufzai believes Muhamed flew to heaven on a winged horse and yet RDFRS sees fit to promote her as a serious education activist.

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