Pakistan Angry Over Taliban Shooting of Schoolgirl – NYTimes.com

Will the shocking Taliban shooting of a 14-year old schoolgirl who campaigned for education rights mobilize the Pakistani people?

Some commentators wondered whether the shooting would galvanize public opinion against the Taliban in the same way as a video that aired in 2009, showing a Taliban fighter flogging a teenage girl in Swat, had primed public opinion for a large military offensive against the militants that summer.

“The time to root out terrorism has come,” Bushra Gohar of the Awami National Party, which governs Swat and the surrounding Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, told Parliament.

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8 thoughts on “Pakistan Angry Over Taliban Shooting of Schoolgirl – NYTimes.com

  1. SS Mughal says:

    I’d like to think this sad event will serve as a catalyst for mobilizing the Pakistanis, but I don’t know if that will be the case. It seems like these incidents spark outrage and protesting for a little while but eventually they die off and people start to forget about their importance. However, I do respect the way Pakistani officials have handled this incident. As mentioned in the NY Times article, they set aside a jet to fly the girl to the United Arab Emirates for treatment and there’s $100,000 on the table for information that could lead to finding her attacker. I think that as long as there are extremists, terrorism will always be a threat throughout the world that every country will have to address in their own way. Terrorists will keep vying for power and assaulting people until there’s enough outcry from the public and measures are taken by leaders to prevent them from doing any more damage.

    This op-ed piece details some of the challenges and tragedies girls in the Middle East face as they fight for their rights: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/opinion/kristof-her-crime-was-loving-schools.html

  2. brownsarahk says:

    It appears that the majority of people agree that Malala’s shooting is an example of tragic, intolerable violence. In fact, many people, all across the political and religious spectrum, have condemned the shooting and have expressed well wishes on behalf of Malala’s recovery. However, there has yet to be a great movement that supports the teenager’s cause. Rather than a militarized response to the Taliban, perhaps a civil movement of people willing to risk their lives for social-gender rights would be the mobilization needed to oust the Taliban. The war with extremism is not just with guns but with ideology, and it’s time for the Pakistani people–and the rest of the world–to take the offensive.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19913201
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578050110217869552.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  3. Annie Ellis says:

    As sad as this shooting is, I sincerely hope that it can at least do some good and spark the Pakistani people, especially women, to stand up for their rights and consequently get the Taliban to stop their ruthless violence. I also hope our world will get to the point where it is universally unacceptable to even consider punishing someone for speaking their mind. It all comes down to the idea of universal basic human rights and freedom of speech. Maybe we will get there someday, but it will take a lot of courage from people to stand up for what they believe in.

    This article has an interesting timeline outlining Malala’s recovery and what her purpose is in speaking her mind.
    http://theweek.com/article/index/234547/a-14-year-old-pakistani-girls-brave-fight-against-the-taliban-a-timeline

  4. AsaClements says:

    While reading this article I was saddened by the thought of such extremism and violence, especially against someone so young.
    While she was exercising a right I constantly take for-granted, the right to speak my mind. Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl, was shot in the head by the Taliban and is miraculously still alive. The Taliban targeted Malala because she had spoken out publicly about women’s education. What surprised me the most was that there are politicians in Pakistan who support the the Taliban, namely Mr Khan. However, this article from The Economist sheds light on how there might be a rational argument for why Mr. Khan believes diplomacy is be the best tactic to bring peace bwtween The Taliban and Pakistan.

    http://www.economist.com/node/21564596

  5. kelseyclark says:

    This attack exposed the brutality of the Taliban. It takes lives of innocent citizens and does not spare anyone — it even targets kids. Perhaps this event may open some followers’ eyes. I would hope that mothers and fathers who are part of the Taliban can have some compassion in their heart for Malala. She is a promoter of peace.

    Update: Malala has been airlifted to the United Kingdom today Monday for more specialized medical care and to protect her from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/opinion/malala-has-won.html?smid=fb-share
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57532797/malala-yousufzais-friends-vow-to-stay-in-school/

  6. If there’s one tragedy that can light a fire under Pakistan’s resistance against the Taliban, it is a tragedy like this, one involving children. The circumstances may be completely different, but this incident made me think of the recent Penn State scandal. It may have not turned all of America upside down, but it certainly did so in what many used to call Happy Valley. People were outraged (and still are) by what happened to innocent children. And it’s caused real change, if only on a relatively small scale. There are some things that people–in general–won’t stand for, and one of them is harm to children. Maybe Malala’s misfortune should be enough to shift Pakistan’s stance on the Taliban. Sadly, it doesn’t look like that is the case (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/16/us-pakistan-girl-idUSBRE89E02X20121016). We may be left wondering what more has to happen before public opinion in Pakistan is so adamantly opposed to the Taliban that the government won’t be able to accept the status quo.

  7. brindyjean says:

    This event is truly a tragedy. However, I can’t help but feel pleased at the progress it’s recognition represents. These types of murders have been happening for many years and in many countries they continue to happen but we do not know about them because they go un addressed by the media. The fact that this has received so much publicity means that people are recognizing it as wrong, terribly wrong. Here is another example of possible progress in terms of what the media is recognizing: http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/09/20/take-decency-police

  8. cheholmes5 says:

    I agree with most of the comments up to this point. This is definitely a tragedy and one that should move the Pakistanis to action against the Taliban. However, it took the courage of a girl with dreams to speak out against the extremists which infest that area of the world. Many Pakistanis and others in the region are scared to speak out against them because of what happened to this girl. They may not necessarily have the fire power to fight against the Taliban. To some extent, I feel like it is a cry for help from others to come to the aid, whether it be from other Middle Eastern countries or from elsewhere. But some countries don’t have what it takes both logistically to fight against the Taliban, nor the confidence. Here are some polls done in some countries in the Middle East on who provides international peace and how it should be done.

    http://www.wvsevsdb.com/wvs/WVSAnalizeQuestion.jsp

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