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Taliban attack on Malala showed Pakistanis ‘who these people really are,’ Hina Rabbani Khar tells Amanpour

October 8th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The attempted Taliban assassination of Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old girl who advocated for girls’ education, drew a line in the sand between extremism and progressivism, former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“The contrast is so overwhelming,” she said, “that in some ways it helps Pakistanis, and it reminds Pakistanis, to who these people really are, and the fact that we cannot have Pakistan be taken over by such thought and such people.”

Wednesday marks one year since the Pakistani Taliban boarded Yousafzai’s school bus, singled her out by name, and shot her in the head – a response, ostensibly, to her public advocacy for girl’s education.

Amanpour will interview Yousafzai in a special, The Bravest Girl in the World, which will air on Sunday, October 13.

“Malala Yousafzai and what happened to her divided Pakistan in two,” Khar said.

On one side was the vision of founding father Muhammed Ali Jinnah, she told Amanpour, “of a progressive nation state where people and citizens grow, develop, and enjoy the basic benefits of life.”

On the other, she said, was the vision of “a Pakistan which was conservative, a Pakistan which had no space for minorities, a Pakistan for heaven’s sake which had no space for girls’ education.”

“So the line was drawn,” Khar told Amanpour. “And the grey area was contracted to a very large extent, and we had black and white in front of us.”

Yousafzai’s cause, girls’ education, is in dire straits in Pakistan, Khar said.

“There needs to be an education emergency in this country,” she told Amanpour.

“There’s still twenty-five million Pakistani school-going children, or school-age children, between five and sixteen, who are still out of school. And the proportion of women, or girls, you can imagine is even greater, it’s fifteen million.”

Khar stepped down as foreign minister earlier this year – she was the first woman, and youngest person, to hold that post.

She has also given up her seat in parliament. She told Amanpour that she “chose not to run for this election.”

But she gave up her seat for her father, Amanpour protested – what message would that send to Pakistan’s girls?

“I contested for my family when I had brothers. So typically you only put out the women when there are no males who can run for election,” Khar said. “But there are other avenues to reach parliament, so I will certainly be exploring other avenues. So I thought, we thought as a family that it was better for my family to be in the national assembly, and I could explore other avenues.”


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  1. Mike

    You can't have it both ways. Pakistanis hid terrorists like Bin Laden right next to their military base. Now, this towel headed woman is trying to distance herself from the terrorists she and her government harbored for decades.

    October 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • John

      We used this country to win a cold war against USSR and refrain from cheap allegation or insult using word towel about her scarf.

      October 9, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • Mike_dad

      I divorce your mother today.

      October 9, 2013 at 4:34 am | Reply
      • mike_dads_dad

        Mike I boinked your mom without a condom so you were born.

        October 9, 2013 at 5:37 am |
    • vlad

      Careful man, Pakistan had a woman as prime minister: Benazir Bhutto, 25 years ago, when will the USA have a woman as president??? The simple fact that there are extremists in a country, doesn't make the entire country the same. They are fighting the same fight as the rest of the world, against extremists, have some sympathy.

      October 9, 2013 at 5:44 am | Reply
    • Paanidar_WIUY67

      Mike:
      Your America (and Israel underhandedly) creates monsters and then tosses them away.

      And then you get scared when the monsters snap back at you.

      October 10, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  2. Alpha umaru Jalloh

    Malala has shown not only Pakistan that girls need to be educated but the world at large, even to some ethnic groups in Africa that do not believe in girl child education. As the saying goes if u educate a girl, then you have educated a whole nation.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  3. ashok

    With so many young children, especially girls, out of school, Pakistan needs to rethink its domestic priorities and politics. As for the Taliban, their hearts are as black as their turbans.

    October 9, 2013 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • Paanidar_WIUY67

      Indians should stop infantecide of unborn girls. And yeah, also stop child-marriages.

      October 10, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
  4. cranza samuel

    Being a Christian pakistani woman living in Austria for the past 30 years admire young Pakistani politician Hina Rabbani Khar, a respectable woman, strict follower of pakistani dress code – properly dressed, covered head with dupatta (towel) only shows her dignity and grace. Please be kind in judgement concerning the personality when talking about politics. Thank you!

    October 9, 2013 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • helooo

      And you said it towel and many your christians community also use this towel. You just wated your time there.. you chooree.

      October 9, 2013 at 4:57 am | Reply
  5. ludi66

    Sorry but I am so sick of her! If she is a target let her go into hiding and give everyone a break. Talk about being over exposed by the media.

    October 9, 2013 at 4:42 am | Reply
  6. Swat_Prince

    I am from Swat, and let me tell to the world that people are swat are v loving and peaceful people. We have our own culture enriched with color , music and dance. These talibans are not from our area, they do not look like us. Most of them are from arab and central -asian countries. Thanks to Pakistan army who is really doing great job.
    I am sorry to say that foreign hand is involved in funding and training these talibans, there are certain terrorist captured revelead that they have been trained in Afghanistan by Indian army. Some terrorist are found with indian made weapons also. Swat people though like Indian movies and tv dramas but after this, they are forced to change their opinion about indians.
    I urge the world to please pressurize indians to stop funding talibans.

    October 9, 2013 at 4:44 am | Reply
  7. Mudassir Abbas

    Well i am amazed at the sort of media attention that she has attracted but the irony is that the west hardly knows any thing about Pakistan. Swat is the part of KPK province having the highest ratio and one of the highest standards of education for decades... It was a product of international politics that taliban took over Swat in 2009 and later captured by pakistan army.
    Taliban have no history in swat its only the indian presence in Afghanistan that make the RAW and CIA trained taliban to cross the porous border and cause havoc here.. but now i believe Pakistan has learned the hard lesson and is slowly controlling the situation especially when the coward indians in Afghanistan feel scared once American army leaves Afghanistan next year.

    October 9, 2013 at 6:14 am | Reply
    • sarahhaider

      I agree that foreign element might be included but Talibanisation of Pakistan is profoundly affecting the thinking of a common Pakistani. Being part of this very society, I agree that many do not oppose female education and the Western media has actually exaggerated the situation (portraying to the world that Pakistanis are really against female education), but one has to admit that most Pakistanis (men as well as women) are intrinsically against women empowerment. This is a highly patriarchal society, and no matter what, they cannot tolerate powerful women. Politics aside, if things are assessed considering the mindset that prevails among the Pakistani hoi polloi, one can easily see that the hatred Malala receives at home is primarily because she is a female -and the chauvinist Pakistani men (and women who condone patriarchy) cannot see a female thrive in any field of life!

      October 9, 2013 at 7:16 am | Reply
  8. zhongdisqus

    haha

    October 9, 2013 at 6:23 am | Reply
  9. W.G.

    Yeah , It shows what cowards the taliban are and it shows what cowards the pakistani´s are .
    They let these evil people kill and destroy their countrymen and countryand do nothing about
    it . The pakistanis are a vile people and can all go to where the sun doesn´t shine .

    October 9, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
  10. Dr Do Little

    Is this not the same Taliban that the CIA created to fight against the Russians in the 80's ?

    October 9, 2013 at 7:03 am | Reply
  11. Khan

    Pakistanis are brave , persistent and hardworking people who knows their direction very well. event occurred to malala should not happen to any one in the world

    October 9, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
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  15. Nelmara Arbex

    This is an amazingly clear explanation to be against wars and the militarization of the world: because for militarists education will never be a priority, particularly not for women.

    October 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply
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    October 11, 2013 at 2:25 am | Reply

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