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Update 2, Malala Yousafzai in the UK: Malala to Receive Sitara-e-Shujaat (The Star of Bravery), Taliban War on Media, Malala Day: A Day of Action

Photo from Time
Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan
Mohammad Zubair / AP

From Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced that Malala will receive the medal, Sitara-e-Shujaat (The Star of Bravery).  With the full brunt of their evil now exposed to the world, like petulant children, the tyranical Taliban is furious.

They are once more thwarted by the exercise of freedom – as in freedom of the press – and they have declared a War on the Media for their coverage of Malala’s story.

Meanwhile, as global support for the young heroine continues to thwart the Taliban, doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, deliver promising hope for the first time since the attack on her life.  Malala’s chances are improving by the hour.  Not so for the Taliban who are rightfully being bombarded by accusations of shame.

The Taliban Declares a War on the Media

The Taliban has declared a “War on the Media” for their coverage of Malala.  Enraged that they are being globally condemned as the heinous fiends that they are, they are angry at the press for telling Malala’s story and exposing them before the world. They are furious that their evil plan backfired, and they are not receiving “positive” coverage from the media over their foul assassination attempt.  And they continue to insist their attempt at the murder of an innocent child was justified.

Thus, they have determined to send hand picked suicide bombers out against journalists and the media, locally, and internationally.   Jealousy and unrepentant hatred rear their heads in the words of Taliban spokesmen, as the angered misfits of evil take on the attitude of petulant children.

Quoting “The News International”:

“According to sources, the Taliban felt that the media has become biased against them and was giving ‘undue’ coverage to the attack on Malala and portraying them as the ‘worst people on earth’.

The militants were reported to have held meetings and decided to suspend all their current operations and activities in the country and directed field commanders and fighters to divert their attention towards media organisations instead of the government and security forces. 

In this regard, the sources said, the militants had selected 12 suicide bombers and tasked them to target media organisations, particularly the electronic media and some foreign media organisations and their workers, in Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and wherever they found them.

“The suicide bombers have particularly been directed to target offices, vehicles and journalists individually who had become a party and were issuing fatwas or decrees against the Taliban,” TTP sources said.”

End quote, The News International, article: Taliban Plans Attack on Medial Outlets and Journalists, by Mushtaq Yousafzai.  Additional coverage of  the War on the Media, with link to the above article, can be found here.

A Young Girl’s Dream of Freedom: Kryptonite to Tyrants

Malala Yousafzai

Malala’s dream was, and is, the dream of freedom.  Freedom and justice for her beloved Pakistan, for all children, male and female.  In a conversation with a reporter she stated her hope was to see the girls of Pakistan, “flying like butterflies, free from any restrictions”.  Quoting Malala in an interview with Pakistani journalist Owais Tohid:

 “My life is like a movie, full of dreams. I used to dream of becoming famous, to see my valley freed from the clutches of Taliban, to see girls flying like butterflies, free from any restrictions. It is becoming as a reality so I am happy, happy, and very happy,” she said. “I want to change the political system so there is social justice and equality and change in the status of girls and women…”

End quote, My conversations with Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood up to the Taliban, by Owais Tohid

Adorned in colorful silks, walking among the blackened ruins of her Swat, and telling the tale of the atrocities of the Taliban, Malala shines like a butterfly in her own right.  A shimmering jewel of light upon a war torn battleground where tyranny seeks dominion.

She dared to dream a dream of freedom, and in spite of the rage of the Taliban who sought to destroy that dream, that dream still lives, as does the Butterfly Warrior.  She will survive their assault, she will live, and she will live on forever as a champion for liberty for the people of her beloved Pakistan.  I can think of no other patriot more deserving of the Sitara-e-Shujaat, the Star of Bravery medal.

The Taliban has always been a tyrannical element in violent opposition to the free world.  The very nature of freedom itself is contrary to their agenda of oppression, tyranny, and injustice.  For this reason, they despise the West, and America in particular – a country whose very foundation is that of freedom and justice for all.  A country who is the military might of the free world, the guardian of liberty.  Liberty is a foul thing to a tyrant, when it flourishes it is their undoing, their utter downfall.

For this reason they attempted to destroy Malala, a young girl who dreamed a dream of freedom for all Pakistani’s, male and female alike.  And for this reason the hatred of the Taliban now festers toward the media, who exercise the freedom Malala dreamed of.  Through freedom of the press, the media tells the story of her valiant stand against tyranny, and the horrific act perpetrated by the Taliban against her.

The Taliban does not want women to be educated, because they know they will become enlightened and embrace freedom.  They want them to remain oppressed, hidden away, publically executed, flogged, and submissive to unspeakable brutality.  Nor do they want the press to freely expose them before the world by simply telling the truth of their heinous actions.  Freedom is the greatest enemy of the Taliban, the exercise of it is a weapon of mass destruction against their wicked agenda.

Americans of all ages are very familiar with the cartoon character Superman, the brave and valiant hero who halted evil doers and was invincible.  His only weakness was Kryptonite, a mineral wielded by evil minions like the Taliban who sought to bring harm to the world.  But in this case, the tables have turned.  Kryptonite, the downfall for the Taliban, is the exercise of freedom.

In the days to come, Malala will proudly wear her Sitara-e-Shujaat, the Star of Bravery medal.  And as Malala’s dream of freedom is realized, her enemies will fall to the darkest annals of shameful history as twisted and hateful tyrants.  Another enemy of liberty will bite the dust.

“The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.”  ~Thucydides (471 BC – 400 BC)

Forget Me Not

UPDATE, 10/17/2012:

There is wonderful news from the UK:  Malala is out of her coma, and is improving.  She is moving her limbs, and doctors in the UK say she has improved since her arrival in the UK.   To read the brief excerpt that was released that she is out of coma, click here.    Here is a quote from another article which goes into more depth:

A 14-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting female  education has been doing better since she was airlifted to England for  specialized treatment and has been moving her limbs, a Pakistani official said  Wednesday.

Although it’s difficult to gauge what such an improvement might mean given  that the exact nature of Malala Yousufzai’s brain injuries have yet to be made  public, one expert said the news was good.

End quote.  To read a further in depth report on her progress, click here for the article containing the above quote.

Although according to doctors, the extent of her injury is not yet known, she is making progress and showing signs of recovery.  Meanwhile, Al Qaeda launched a multi-page report in solidarity with the Taliban over the shooting of Malala.

Forget Me Not

UPDATE: 10/18/2012 

More great news from the UK:  A web page has been set up by the Hospital that contains daily updates on Malala, and even a message board to leave her a message.  There is also an address where you can send cards, etc.  And you can donate there to a trust fund that  has been set up for Malala.  When she recovers she will decide how to use the funds.  You will find the new Malala website from the hospital here.  It is really wonderful that the hospital took this step.

Also, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai spoke again yesterday on Malala’s horrific attack.  He said it was an attack on Afghan girls as well.  Quoting the article Malala Shooting: Karzai calls it an attack on Afghan Girls, by The Express Tribune :

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday strongly condemned the attack on Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old peace icon, in a letter written to Awami National Party (ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali Khan.

Terming the shootings by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan militants an attack on Afghan girls, Karzai expressed his heartfelt sorrow over the assault, which also left Malala’s friends Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz injured.

He said that Afghanistan was feeling the pain of their families and urged that the voices being raised against the act should not be silenced.

The Afghan president added that the attack on Malala and her friends was a horrible conspiracy of the enemies of humanity and Islam and that it was meant to stop girls from acquiring education.

President Karzai claimed the incident was a shameful act which also went against the Pakhtun tradition as there was no room for attacking women in the Pakhtun culture. He added that the attack revealed to both Afghans and Pakistanis that they were facing a common, ferocious enemy because in Afghanistan, extreme elements were attacking girls’ schools and creating hurdles for them.

He reiterated that measures should be taken in order to stop such terror acts.”

End quote.

UPDATE: 10/19/2012

Forget Me Not

When I checked the hospitital’s latest update, it said Malala was “comfortable and stable”.  However, there is FANTASTIC news yet again from the latest breaking news.  Malala is standing, and communicating via writing.  She has also made it known that she knows of the tremendous support for her cause, she is happy, she wants the doctors to  thank everyone, and she is willing for the doctors to share updates on her health.   She is writing rather than talking because she has a tracheaotomy in her throat.  The doctors say they may remove the tracheatomy within a few days, and there is no reason to believe she will not be able to talk when they do.  She still has an infection however, and so is not out of the woods.  To read the latest update that details all of this, click here.

Meanwhile, the hunt continues for those who attempted to kill her.  The Pakistani government yesterday detained three family members of Taliban militant, Attaullah, the man believed to be responsible for her attack.  It is believed that Attaullah has fled to Afghanistan, hiding among the ranks of the Radio Mullah, Maulana Fazlullahhead, head of the Swat Taliban.

The people of Swat are well aquainted with him, he has caused warfare and the death of thousands in the region.  To read more of the arrest of family members of  the suspect, Attaullah, and to see a video of the horror that Swat has endured at the hands of the Radio Mullah, click here. Warning: The video is very graphic, and not for the faint of heart.

When I watched this video, the courage of Malala was even more evident.  To stand up to those such as these, took unbelievable courage.  Once more, I am in awe of her bravery.

UPDATE, 10/20/2012

Forget Me Not

There are no new developments on Malala’s medical condition.  It is reported that when she regained consciousness, her first question was “what country am I in?”.   Two thoughts came to me.  This is good, she has a strong awareness.  And then I realized how horrible it must be for this young woman to be sitting on her school bus one moment singing with her friends, and the next moment, wake up thousands of miles from home in a foreign country, unable to speak, with her skull and jaw shattered by the bullets of mad men.

The picture of Malala laying in her hospital bed clutching her stuffed bear, with her left eye bruised, tubes, and a tracheostomy in her throat, are a double edged sword as well.  I am so happy to see her awake and alive. But  I am so devastated to see her laying there that way.  Every time I look at that picture, it brings tears.  The only consolation I can find is to think of other photos.  I recall photo’s of Osama Bin Laden after he was destroyed.  I have no pity whatsoever for the monster, and for the monsters who did this to Malala.  The day they are destroyed will be a worldwide holiday. Here is the photo of Malala:

Malala Yousafzai
Awakens in Hospital

It has also been reported she has been able to speak with her family by telephone, or rather listen to them, because she cannot speak.  Meanwhile I discovered an article that includes Malala, and other very brave women in similiar circumstance.  It is called “Ten Women Who Shook Pakistan”, by Malik Siraj Akbar.

There is no question Malala has shaken Pakistan, and the world at large.  The question is, will the Pakistani government take the neccessary steps and launch a military assault on the terrorists?  It remains to be seen.  Malala has born the weight of a nation on her tiny shoulders, it seems to me that this should be turning point, a time for Pakistan to strike with unrestrained force to eliminate their terrorist strongholds in North Waziristan.

But it seems there is division within the ranks of power there.  Some say yes, some say no.  The loss of life in a military strike would be unquestionably a hard reality.  But lives will also be lost if they fail to do so.  Many lives. To allow the Taliban to remain unmolested is to allow a deadly cancer to grow and thrive.

UPDATE, 10/23/2012

Forget Me Not

There has been no major medical update on Malala in three days.  The hospital update page says her condition remains stable.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the Information Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, visited the hospital and met with Malala’s doctor.  He bought flowers and a card for Malala.

Reminder, you can visit the hospital page to leave a message of support for Malala, and find info on how to send cards and gifts as well as status updates.  Here is link to Hospital page for Malala.

My prayers remain with Malala and her family.  As Malala heals and grows stronger, I am concerned that her plight will be forgotten.  It is vital for her cause for all of the children of Pakistan, that she is not forgotten, and that the Taliban be brought to justice.  This young woman has stood up for the rights of all of Pakistan, and she has set an example by refusing to cower in fear and demand her rights.  It has cost her dearly, but she has not wavered, and she never will.  But she cannot do it alone.  If her sacrifices are forgotten, the Taliban will have won in the end.

UPDATE, 10/29/2012:

Forget Me Not

Malala has been reunited with her family, who arrived in the UK to be at her side late last week.  Today (Monday), she was visited by Pakistan minister Rehman Malik and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.  On Friday, her father spoke at great length in a press conference, side by side with Dr. David Rosser.  He stated:

“The person who attacked her, they wanted to kill her,” Mr Yousafzai said. “But I will simply say that she fell temporarily.

“She will rise again. She will stand again and she can stand now. But when she fell, Pakistan stood.”

At her request, her father brought her schoolbooks from Pakistan.

Malala Reunites with her family

To view the entire press conference, please visit the hospital update page by clicking here.

Also, Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education, has launched a movement on behalf of Malala’s goal for education for girls.

Gordon Brown has declared November 10, 2012 to be a “Day of Action”, it is officially to be called ”Malala and the 32 million girls day”.  Brown has invited the world to participate by signing his petition. You can learn more, by clicking here.

To view a video on the reunion with her family which also contains a report from a journalist in Swat on the current efforts to capture her attackers, click here.

Malala continues to progress in her recovery.  The doctor has said all signs of infection are now gone, she is walking with little assistance.  She continues to progress to what will hopefully be a full recovery.  For the first time, I am so happy to say I am not saddened by her most recent photo, and I am utterly confident that she will indeed, fully recover.

Update: 11/10/2012

Forget Me Not

Today is the Day of Action for Malala as declared by Gordon Brown (See Above).  The drive for petitioners was very successful.  Many are celebrating with Malala today as her dream is realized. I stand with them, and I stand with Malala.

Here is link from Forbes to a wonderful article with a tribute for Malala today.  It contains important links that you will not want to miss. Here is a partial quote from their tribute:

Today, we think of you, Malala. We’ve met you in the lost village of Cyingwa in Rwanda. In young Imaculee who told us she wants to be a leader, an activist, for Rwanda, for the children of Rwanda. You’ve not met Imaculee, and she doesn’t know you. But we’ve heard your gentle, powerful voice in her.

We’ve met you in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. When we asked the question, in a room full of little ones with eager minds, what do you want to be when you grow up. In young Emaan, whose hand went up before we even finished our words, and she told us, ‘The president of Afghanistan.” And then realized the magnitude of those words and giggled embarrassingly. We’ve seen your hesitant, resilient laugh in her.

This is a wonderful tribute, and I am thrilled with millions of others who were devastated only weeks ago.

Also, here is a video from October 26th by CBS.  It is from a couple of weeks ago so her medical condition has improved since then.  See link above for hospital status updates.  There is also a link to the hospital page on my sidebar here on site, see my Blog roll and links section. But I am including this video because it contains segments of interviews with Malala:

I know this will not be the end of the updates for this shining patriot.  She is only just beginning.

UPDATE 11/28/2012

I have begun Update 3 on Malala.  For the latest update, please see Update 3 Malala Yousafzai: Nobel Prize Awaits, Time Magazine Considers Malala for Person of the Year, Twisted Islamists Threaten a Fatwa Against Her.

I have also created a permanent page on this site for Malala.  It is not a post like this one.  It is an index with links to all posts and updates that have been done on Malala since the time of her shooting.  This includes posts on women’s rights, and terrorism in Pakistan.

Also, in the very near future, I will began building a section completely devoted to Women of History, and Malala will be among the women given special tribute there.  For now, you will find the latest update at the immediate link above, and you will find Malala’s new permanent page with a list of all posts that have been done about her on this site, here.

The situation in Swat was normal until the Taliban appeared and destroyed the peace of Swat.  They started their inhuman activities, they slaughtered people in the squares of Mingora and they killed so many innocent people. Their first target was schools, especially girls schools. They blasted so many girls schools – more than 400 schools and more than 50,000 students suffered under the Taliban……We were afraid the Taliban might throw acid on our faces or might kidnap us. They were barbarians, they could do anything. ~Malala Yousafzai, in a statement to the BBC, August, 2011.

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