(ISLAMABAD) — A senior Taliban leader went as far as he could go to say he was sorry for the assassination attempt on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai without actually offering a real apology.
Yousafzai was gravely wounded in her hometown last year by Taliban gunmen for promoting the rights of young girls to get an education. She ultimately survived the murder plot and has become an international human rights hero. She delivered a speech at the United Nations last week.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Adnan Rasheed wrote in an open letter to Yousafzai that “When you were attacked it was shocking for me. I wished it would never happened.”
However, Rasheed, who was in prison at the time of the incident, tells Yousafzai that he wishes he could have told her to stop criticizing the Taliban in her blogs, which he claimed, was the real reason why she became the target of assassins.
The militant then adds somewhat ominously, “The Taliban attacked you, was it Islamically correct or wrong, or you were deserved to be killed or not, I will not go in this argument now, let’s we leave it to Allah All mighty, He is the best judge.”
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