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Pakistan’s FM: Malala attack possible turning point for Pakistan

October 11th, 2012
05:34 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The Taliban attack on 14-year old Malala Yousafzai has galvanized outrage and support for Malala across Pakistan and around the world.

The teenage blogger is in critical condition after being shot on Tuesday.

The attack on Malala has raised questions about whether Pakistan’s government, its military and its intelligence services are in fact committed to the defeat of Taliban militancy.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, said Pakistani authorities have already made approximately one-hundred arrests in sweeps related to the attack on Malala.

Khar said the “TTP,” (Tehrik-i-Taliban or Pakistani Taliban) has already taken responsibility for the shooting.

She said smaller groups comprise the Pakistani Taliban and previously, one of those groups had intended to attack Malala, but Pakistani authorities were able to detain them before it was carried out.

Khar says the Interior Ministry has informed her it is “very confident” that it will find the perpetrators.

Khar, who is the first woman to hold the post of Foreign Minister in Pakistan, says this is a “wakeup call.” 

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The Taliban was once ousted from Swat valley in Pakistan, according to Khar, but she says they’ve taken refuge in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces in Afghanistan for the last two years.

“Pakistan at the diplomatic, political and every level, has been asking, both of the government and the ISAF forces over there, to take this matter seriously, to not let them have a safe haven,” Khar told Amanpour.

Pakistan and Afghanistan blame each other for providing safe havens for militants.

Why was Taliban threatened?

Khar said that the Pakistani government had offered to protect Malala previously, but the Yousafzai family refused.

She said the bigger challenge is to change the mindset in Pakistan.

She said the most powerful signals to Pakistan is international policy toward the country.

She says Pakistanis want moral support from countries like the U.S., and don’t want to be blamed for the “woes in Afghanistan.”

She said there’s a “trust deficit” inside Pakistan, and she said the drone strikes that the U.S. conducts inside Pakistan are a factor in that equation.

She called the use of drones a “dividing line” within Pakistani society.

But Khar believes this could be a “turning point” for the country and how they deal with militant groups.

“In Pakistan today, Malala Yousafzai has probably done what many military operations could also not achieve: she has put it as a black-and-white question: either you're with the future that Malala represents or you are with the future that they are trying to impose.”

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CNN’s Claire Calzonetti produced this piece for television.

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  1. QHorses

    She represents Humanity Peace Love. Love you Malala

    October 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • saif khan

      all comments is right but i want a question ? yesterday U.S.A drone attack in uper orakzai agency and there are 18 child killed same age as mamala so where the human right banki mon , brak obama the biggest terrarist is american army he everywhere killing the human how killed the people vetnam,iraq,afghanistan and also pakistan but here all is shame lase media here for sale the against the droller ohh i do n,t believed everyone here lire nobody say a word of honestly american army make against the real ware pakistan drone attack the tribal area and punjab making the biojecal weapon bye the dengue virus u,s,a need more fight in waziristan ,,, malala attack involved the c,i,a and black water agency hope people see the right way ,,,,

      October 13, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  2. Sajjad Sialkoti

    Nuke the Taliban rats that Afghan government and ISAF forses are hiding in Afghanistan. Nuke the b@st@rds !!

    October 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Cameron

      Dude, you got the wrong country. Terrorists are in Pakistan. Pakistan has been harboring them.

      October 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
      • Sajjad Sialkoti

        The talibans who attacked this girl came from afghansiatn which is ubder control of Americans and Afghanis. Kapiche?

        October 12, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • NYGiants

      This towel head woman is so hard to believe. She would say anything to get more US aid and then promptly fund more terrorists. The dishonest Pakistani Muslim accuser of that innocent Christian girl just went free – Scott free!! And the Christian girl is still in hiding. What did the towel head woman do? She accused America and then accused Afghanistan and then said let's not blame anyone. What a crock!!

      October 12, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • Chris

      LOL, this was TTP which has nothing to do with Afghanistan. Stop playing the blame game. But what about all the millions killed by Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and the drone strikes in Pakistan?

      I'm pretty sure if this were a drone attack and she was killed, NOBODY would care! A 5-year old girl was killed in Yemen by a drone strike, NOBODY talked about it! WHY?? American government are the BIGGEST TERRORISTS EVER!!

      October 13, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Saima Baloch

      I guess its time for the UN and US to declare pakistan a terrorist state, and help Baloch liberation front in an independent country. Taliban is the creation of pakistan, Baloch and Afghans never had talib.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  3. cheema

    such a shame to see these peopel representing pakistan ..." by the way who's voice what that? some big fat man dubbed this lady's video "

    October 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  4. cheema

    Why Children killed in Drones attacks never get such media coverage as Malala yousafzai got ? dont those children in FATA have any right to live . learn ? Why hundred of thousands babys killed by U.S armed forced dont get attention of international media ?

    October 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • shrmz

      Why not get your house in order to avoid drones? do you have any writ there? where your sovereignty gone when OBL is residing there? we need more drones to eradicate these barbaric criminals

      October 12, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • Al

      Of all of the mature women and children with voices in this region this one child had the courage that so many women have not by speaking the truth. That is why she is celebrated. It is a terrible thing for any child to die and I agree, the U.S. should not be in this region. These people have been killing each other and children in the name of religion for centuries. We should just let them kill each other off.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply

    If the Taliban think they r men enough they shud confront govt military n not a defenceless innocent schoolgirl.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:10 am | Reply
  6. talibanwithoutballs

    TTP is a fake taliban without balls. Only cowards harm kids. TTP is a group of cowards, created to cause uncertainity and chaos in a politicaly disturbed country. Emphasising on the existence of TTP is like marketing a group of cowards for political reasons.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:20 am | Reply
  7. Ameera Mir

    Please join my page to support the cause. Please remember this is a page where we are working on to setup a peaceful procession in the UK, not only for Malala and her efforts, but to all the innocent Musilms killed everyday. However it is an ode to Malala and her efforts.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:24 am | Reply
  8. TTP or TWB

    I am sorry little girl that I can't kick their Nutz, 'cause they don't have any.
    TTP is Taliban Without Balls.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • Angry Squirrel

      I am an angry Squirrel. TWB Taliban don't have nuts.
      TWB Taliban don't need to protect their Nuts from the angry squirrel, yes they don't have any.
      Oh My! TWB Taliban have no nuts but bullets for the poor squirrel.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:36 am | Reply
  9. Naz Sahito.

    These punjabis always patronised terrorism, she is linking drone attacks , with attack on Mallala, i ask question , how many drone attacks were made in SAwt? not a single,,so all terrprist patronisation must b ended

    October 12, 2012 at 6:46 am | Reply
    • peacelover

      Punjabis are not only pakistani. Why are you targetting to specific religion. Most Punjabis are very sikh and very peaceful people.

      FYI, here is the wikipedia for you
      "main religions of the Punjab region are Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism"

      Terrorism don't believe any religion. They pretend to believe religion for their own advantage.

      October 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  10. Azad

    Dear Malala,
    You are my hero. I am a college professor, I am a father of two lovely girls and I pray full heartedly to the greatness of God for your quick and full recovery so you will continue your courageous acts to educate girls all around the world. You are my hero Malala.

    October 12, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  11. Shabnam

    Pakistan today is ruled by mullahs, military and their affiliates in judiciary and media. These so called defendants and warriors of Islam have brought nothing but misforture to Pakistan and Muslims. They are responsible for countless terrorist attacks against innocent human beings and have done everything in their power to impose their own perverted brand of Islam on the people of Pakistan. For all practical purposes, they have hijacked and ruined not only Pakistan but also the very religion they claim to uphold. Here is a very interesting video that exposes mullahs’ perverted, bigoted and extremely narrow approach to Islam. It clearly shows that in order to ensure Pakistan’s very existence, we need to boldly confront extremist mullahs and their mentors and affiliates.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      But what about all the millions killed by Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and the drone strikes in Pakistan?

      October 13, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  12. krm1007 ©™

    It's time to work toward a long-term viable solution for the Pakistani Terrorism issues including Haqqani Network aka shadowy Pakistani ISI operatives. Like many renowned thinkers on Pakistan suggested, it's time to split Pakistan along the FATA borders into sever self-governing agencies.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Agree one hundred percent with you Kareem, Pakistan's turning point is when we divide Pakistan into smaller manageable states. The only way to fix Pakistani headache of the world.

      October 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • Malala Yousefzai

        Hold your tongue. Pakistan is one nation no one can divide us. CIA is a owner of TTP. By TTP they kill our Innocent People by blast etc. Our Life is Ready for Pakistan but we never give permission to harm any inch of Pakistan. If i asked about seperation of your homeland how you feel............So give respect take respect

        October 13, 2012 at 4:23 am |

      PAKISTAN !!!!

      Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
      US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

      Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

      No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

      Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
      You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

      October 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  13. George Patton

    Pakistan has no turning point until Pakistan is divided along ethnic groups like Sunni, Shia, Ahmedi, Punjabi, Baloch, Pashtoon, etc.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  14. waqar

    Pakistan is the country has notinh to do with 9/11,,, Why we being sanwhich in Afghanistan and this bloody war n terror,,,
    USA it self is going bankrupt ,,, why not US just Mind it own business, ,
    I am praying for Malala, as i am for all humanity,,,, But Enough is eniugh, i accept we have some incompetent leaders ,, but it will be soon solved with Imran khan coming,.... To further comparison,,, Please ANSWER THIS,, A MAN IS US OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY KILLS PEOPLE IN CINEMA OR IN NORWAY,,, WHY MEDIA DOES NT SHOW HIS RELIGION ,,, BUT IF A PERSON IS MUSLIM ,, WE WILL KNOW ,,,WHY??????? Palestine, Kashmir , Bosnia, IRAQ, Afghanistan,,, All are Invaded,, No Islamic country has invaded Others,,, Because we respect all religion and prophets,,,

    October 13, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  15. waqar

    PEACE is the collective responsibility of all, No nation owns the world,,, Please live and let live,,,,,,,,, i would love to have a president of US who is anti war,,, and fix US ,, and save US soldiers and also prospect killings of people in war areas,,,

    October 13, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
  16. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    "It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner."

    October 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust."

      October 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  17. pierre le monde

    Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. We here in Haiti continue to monitor the political and cultural turmoil in India as a large percentage of our population are sugar cane slaves from India. As of now, we reiterate our view that Hindu State of India is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour. As you will recall, India was initially broken into pieces by Arabs, Afghanis, Persians, Pakistanis, and lately by Chinese and so on. And rest assured that is not the end. India is mired in poverty and has a suppressive regime with respect to minorities. Substantial aid by the world over the years to India has failed to reverse the downward trends. We can now confirm that India has become unmanageable. If it is not imploded in a controlled manner we are afraid China will chew it up and spit it out.

    October 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Larry H

      Implosion should be undertaken ASAP. Turn it to a dust bowl as far as I am concerned. Hindus should never be trusted. They will stab ya in da back !!!!

      October 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  18. Patrick

    With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at such atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.

    October 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Chuck Hutchinson

      India should be nuked without further ado

      October 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  19. Mazal Rosenthal

    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. Now just take a look at these two Hindu goddesses and the destruction and lack of morality they represent.

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a b!tch and a tramp!!

    October 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • katrina

      I think these hindu goddesses have PMS. ROFL !!!!!!!

      October 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  20. Al

    To Malala, the courageous girl in Pakistan I am from the (USA) and I can tell you the citizens of the world consider the Taliban shooter a coward and any group that would shoot an unarmed defenseless child confirms they are cowards. Malala is the woman every father wishes for their daughters, to be strong and believe in themselves. She has rocked the world and our hearts are with you Malala !!!!!!

    October 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  21. Education

    Pakistan will soon announce free education and benefits for all girls. Thank you Malala.

    October 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
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    التطرف الطالبااااني ينتشر في الشرق الاوسط وخصوصا اليمن انه فكر ارهابي لايؤمن الا بالعنف وتكفير الخر!لكن هل حاولت امريكا والغرب فهم اسبااااب وعوامل نموه وانتشاااره؟؟ اين ومن يمول ويخصب هذا الفكر المتطرررررف؟!!

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