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Taliban Activist’s Letter To Malala Yousafzai: Here’s Why We Shot You

Thu, July 18, 2013 4:59pm EDT by 1 Comment
Taliban Letter Malala Yousafzai
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So shocking! A senior Taliban commander reportedly wrote an open letter to Malala and told the 16-year-old schoolgirl why she was targeted and shot in the head, while saying he wishes it ‘never happened.’ Do you think he has good intentions?

In an open letter, a senior Taliban commander, Adnan Rashid, described the shooting of innocent, young activist Malala Yousafzai as “shocking.” He says he wishes the attack by Taliban militants had “never happened.”

Taliban Letter To Malala Yousafzai — Adnan Rasheed On Assassination Attempt

Strangely, while Adnan showed signs of remorse, he withheld from apologizing.

“Let’s leave it to Allah almighty,” he said, according to The Guardian. “He is the best judge.”

Malala, who had campaigned and blogged about girls’ education in the troubled Swat Valley, was tragically shot in the head as she rode home on a school bus full of children in October 2012.

“When you were attacked it was shocking for me,” Adnan said. “I wished it [had] never happened.”

However, Adnan says that the teen was targeted because the Taliban believed that Malala had been “running a smear campaign” against them before she was shot and thought her writing was “provocative.”

Adnan goes on to urge Malala to return home to Pakistan. She’s currently receiving medical treatment in the U.K.

“I advise you to come back home. Adopt the Islamic and Pushtun culture, join any female Islamic madrasa near your hometown, study and learn the book of Allah, use your pen for Islam,” he said.

Malala Yousafzai Gives Powerful Speech At The UN

During a United Nations appearance on July 12, Malala said the attack made her stronger.

“They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed,” she said in a powerful speech. “I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there was a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him.”

It’s unclear why Adnan decided to write this letter, but critics believe it’s so he can “impress the Pakistani public and the international community.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Why do you think Adnan wrote this letter? How do you feel about it?

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