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One-million-dollar bounty in Malala’s attack

October 15th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

By Samuel Burke & Mick Krever, CNN

The Pakistani Interior Minister said Thursday that the plan to shoot Malala Yousafzai was hatched across Pakistan’s border, in Afghanistan.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Rehman Malik implicated Pakistani Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah in Malala’s shooting. Malik said Fazlullah fled to Afghanistan during a Pakistani offensive in its Swat region.

“Four people came from there,” the interior minister told Amanpour. He also indicated that Pakistani authorities may have had previous knowledge of the planning of some type of attack.

“At that point of time we did not know exactly what there objectives were, and what type of action they were going to take, until they hit Malala.” 

The Malalas you will never meet

Malik said one of the men involved in the attack has been identified and “a few of his associates have been arrested.” He also said the fiancé of one of the “terrorists” has been detained.

Malik also told Amanpour that a one million dollar bounty has been placed on the head of the spokesperson of Paksitani Talinban who claimed responsibility for Malala’s attack, Ehsanullah Ehsan.

“The mindset which you have seen – an assassination attempt on Malala – shows the intent of the terrorists,” Malik said.

“But let the world not forget we are fighting a war on our porous border,” he said, echoing the blame that Pakistani officials continue to place on Afghanistan.

Malik would not say whether the Pakistani government will carry out an offensive immediately, but indicated it will make its move when the intelligence is right.

He said Pakistani authorities will first have take into account the people who would be displaced in the areas as a result.

“The world has to see in this way that there is no singular approach,” Malik said. We do not have a singular approach towards the terrorists. We have to have a common approach against a common enemy, which we realize have failed so far.”

Malala arrived Thursday at a British hospital that specializes in battlefield wounds.

Teen shot by Taliban to be in UK hospital 'for weeks'

CNN’s Claire Calzonetti produced this piece for television.


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  1. 28Mamerican

    Just gained the tiniest amount of respect for Pakistan’s gov.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • 28Mamerican

      I do think this is more of a PR circus , sacrificing one taliban leader to get the spotlight so he can preach about drones and how picked on they are. Look , supporting terrorists , supporting riots any time you are offended, supporting a religious view that advises to kill any who don't believe has consequences. Your religion started a war. You failed to rebuke those "fanatics" infact you kind of supported them through inaction. War's have casualties. If you don't want a war then act to stop them ALL effectively not just token bounties on one man. We already know there are hundreds to take his place and it will have no effect over all. If you don't want drones, then eliminate the reason for them. Eliminate the gihad that has been waging and accept the world will not bow to islam.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • SPIDER

        Hahha Eliminate the Jihad , really ? You are saying eliminate the defending yourself, wow ! WHY don't u eliminate your Jihad in muslim countries , do you believ in democracy? They choose different laws from yours and they are fre to do that if you believe in democracy!

        You will have to eliminate the whole world in order to eliminate Jihad, which is imposible ! Its a war of Believers and non balievers SATANISTS

        October 16, 2012 at 3:16 am |
      • TribalBeat

        The US is at War against Pakistan? Or is the US at War against some people it deems as Terrorists? Or is the US at war against Islam? Or is it all of the above? Or perhaps its none of the above and its what people in Pakistan call, "America War OF Terror".

        Perhaps you all have NEVER set foot in Pakistan. Because if you had you would not be in your right mind to say that Pakistan should STOP the Taliban. Pakistan CANNOT stop these people the way the US wants to stop them. It is logistically simply not possible. Infrastructure people. Pakistan cannot even keep its electricity going on 12 hours a day, do you think they have what it takes to bomb the crap out of the Talibans? No. And they cannot let the US do it either – because that would mean Civil war – because.. drum roll... the US is even MORE unpopular than the Taliban.

        As far as the Pakistani is concerned there are 2 Talibans killing them. The Taliban and then the American Taliban. Get it rid dammit!

        October 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • MC

      respect, why ever?!
      the money probably came from the USA, as did the idea. The only thing that comes from Malik is a clear washing of hands as usual claiming all the attackers came from across the border. that is, they're not Pakistani. This guy is just a front man for the highly jingoistic, cynical and murderous Pakistani army. Embedded in the govt his power stems from his 'patriotism' which means how close is he to the army.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • hgjhgh

      THE SUSPECT IN USA EUROPE

      October 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • hgjhgh

      THE SUSPECT IS USA AND NATO

      October 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Chan

      They are corrupt & scared of Taliban. Much much more scared than Malala..they are waiting for help and more funds from the USA.I still won't have any respect for them until they do something to help themselves, with their own resources & determination.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  2. tp1776

    someone has to proof-read the article and correct it! "implicated Pakistani Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah in Malala’s death." Malala is not dead

    October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • yooper

      and... "what there objectives were." Sheeesh, CNN. Maybe you should hire a competent proof reader and editor. One would expect more from such a large, major market news source.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • Garam Dak

        Spelling Mistakes Too 'spokesperson of Paksitani Talinban who'

        October 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  3. Moore michael

    Thank God malala is alive, but the noise about drone attacks wont stop it unless Pakistan goverment put stop to ghiadist fanatics

    October 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  4. S. Roy

    The Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik is a politician of course – and a Pakistani politician at that! Even though Christiane Amanpour asked him direct questions, he never gave a direct response. Very little information came from the interview and whatever information was provided remains to be proven.

    It is highly unlikely – and certainly at this point in time – that Pakistani government will go after Taliban or any other terrorist groups such as the Haqqani network. Taliban was expressly created by Pakistani government – not for any internal purposes. Now the genie is out of the bottle and has turned against its master. This intelligent, articulate, brave girl – mature far beyond her age – is now a victim. No matter what Rehman Malik will try to spin, he will NEVER EVER admit that the attack on Malala is the DIRECT result of the past deeds of the Pakistani government.

    It is that simple.

    The mayhem in Pakistan will DEFINITELY continue for a VERY LONG time. This is because their TOTALLY BLIND adoption of religion. Only a secular state can call itself a true democracy. Though not a guarantee – only democracy and not religious faith – can provide discipline and transparency. Pakistanis are NOT going to embrace secularism any time soon. So rest of the world – as well as the very few liberal Pakistanis that are there – have to brace themselves to go through this mayhem.

    Sadly and almost CERTAINLY there will be more Malalas.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  5. lisathorell

    Thank goodness for this coverage. And it is also goodness that i hear such responses from Pakistan. I am heartened to hear that Malala would have such a positive impact on Pakistan itself. In helping her, you, the Pakistani government, help yourselves by revealing your global humanity. Thank you for helping her.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  6. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Reblogged this on Teacher Arturo's Blog and commented:
    Interesting follow up article to the assasination attempt in Pakistan...

    October 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  7. Ali Chughtai

    The PPP(sitting government) could have really used someone like Husain Haqqani here instead of Rehman Malik. Malik has no command over his language( which i dont necessarily blame him for). Haqqani would have given Amanpour articulate answers and would have made it easier for the viewer to understand the complexities.

    the PPP government faces difficulty in initiating action against TTP because

    A. It is not only a matter of parliamentary consensus that is required( since PPP has adopted this stance since last year's "Salala" checkpost attack) but also

    B. the backlash that it could potentially face from A) TTP B) the Taliban apologists in Pakistan( They come in the form of PTI and some hyper-religious parties like DPC).

    As a diplomat, In an ideal scanario a diplomat would have only stated the A reason.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  8. Hassan

    You are the real show off people and so is the Pakistani govt. at the moment. They are only clearing their way to attack our northern areas those include Swat, Upper Deer, Waziristan and surroundings. Malala attack is only a drama. I suggest, you stop all your dramas or the time will come when the common man rise and put you on end.
    Why didn't interior minister announce prize when hundreds of people including old and children are killed using drone attacks? The Interior/Exterior Minister, Prime Minister, Chief of Army staff, President and all other allies are the american agents those act upon according to their advice.

    October 16, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Janjua

      nice and actual facts.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  9. Punjabi Boy

    waao, wah g wah, i thought rehman malik was useless but apparently he is not a bad speaker...

    October 16, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
  10. ali

    jhot bolta hai haram zada kanjar

    October 16, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  11. NYGiants

    One million dollar bounty on the Taliban spokesperson, whereas only $100,000 bounty on the Taliban assassin? Do you really want us to believe you, Pakistan?

    October 16, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  12. jennifersteelerbellss7

    how is this posible pakansand can do this and their goverment will not get a supendion but 4 nfl players do the same thing and get punishment for it. how can this be fair?

    October 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  13. TribalBeat

    For the Pakistani – There are 2 Talibans who are killing them.
    1. the US Talibans
    2. the Afghani Talibans who moved into Pakistan

    Both are incredibly unpopular.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  14. RogerB

    While there are some good points in terms of separating out the Pakistan state vs. the Taliban terrorist actions., and this bounty is a good symbolic gesture... here's the thing... and perhaps I'm being naive... but If Pakistan was serious about supporting Malala, they should maybe fund 1mil for female scholarships or schooling etc. Show the Taliban that there fear tactics don't work.. .and in fact backfired. Chasing down the one gunman isn't going to stop the underlying issues... perhaps showing how insane their fundamentalist beliefs are, and how little support there is for their philosophies might be more effective in the long run.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  15. Michele

    I seriously hope Malala and her family are offered safety in Britan or the US so the vulchers sitting in wait don't get a second chance.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
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  17. Heinz M

    The grammar in the article is atrocious. Who writes this stuff? Second graders? Also they report Malala's death, when a previous article tells us that she has started communicating. What, from the beyond?

    October 24, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  18. 11th grader

    I support what Roger B says, education should be supported 2 show a better opposition

    October 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  19. Thechangeweseek

    A book by Greg Mortenson talks about some of the ways people can help, Three Cups of Tea. If we educate the population where Taliban reigns eventually they will be voted out. People that believe women are not allowed to learn to read because a fake religion said so can't be respected so they need to bomb people to be feared since respected they will never be. Fear and respect are not hand in hand. What can be done? Support the new schools. Alert the world what Taliban is really about – fear ; hate.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply

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