The letter accuses Yousafzai of being "pro-West," promoting Western
culture, and speaking out against Taliban militants -- charging that
Yousafzai's "personality became a symbol of an anti-Shariah campaign." Using the term for Islamic holy warriors to refer to Taliban militants,
the letter says that "Yousafzai was playing a vital role in bucking up
the emotions" of Pakistan's military and government "and was inviting
Muslims to hate mujahideen."
The letter goes on to argue that "[i]t is a clear command of Shariah
that any female who, by any means, plays a role in the war against
mujahideen should be killed." It then seeks to justify the shooting of the schoolgirl by citing passages from the Koran in which a child or woman was killed.
"If anyone argues about [Yousafzai's] young age, then [consult] the
story of Hazrat Khizar in the Koran relating that Hazrat Khizar -- while
traveling with the Prophet Musa -- killed a child," the letter reads.
"Arguing about the reason for his killing, he said that the parents of
this child are pious and in future [the child] will cause a bad name for
For those who argue against Yousafzai's shooting was not justifiable
because she was female, the letter says, "then we can see the incident
[in the Koran] of the killing of a wife by a blind companion of the
Prophet Muhammad because she spoke insulting words about the Prophet.
And the Prophet praised this act."
The letter also addresses criticisms of the TTP's stance against girls' education. "The Tehrik Taliban's crime wasn't that they banned education for girls.
Instead our crime is that we tried to bring the education system for
both boys and girls under Shariah," the letter reads. "We are deadly
against coeducation and a secular education system, and Shariah orders
us to be against it."
The Taliban's justification concludes with a threat, saying: "If anyone
thinks that Malala is targeted because of education, that's absolutely
wrong and is propaganda by media. Malala is targeted because of her
pioneer role in preaching secularism and so-called enlightened
moderation. And whom so ever will commit so in the future too will be
targeted again by the TTP."
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