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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Malala attack was "scripted" Pakistani lawmaker says

(Photo: AFP)
Islamabad: A Pakistani woman lawyer and parliamentarian claims that the 2012 Taliban attack on Malala Yousafzai was "scripted." Malala, who, much like Bono, Cher, Prince and Madonna, goes by her first name, won a Nobel Peace Prize for allegedly being shot in the head as a female. 

She is, for sure, a media cash cow.

Mussarat Ahmadzeb, from Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, claims the saga of Malala writing for BBC and later the attack were part of a plan.

"The attack on Malala was scripted way before the incident (in 2012)," Ahmadzeb told Ummat, a right-wing newspaper. She is the daughter-in-law of former head of semi-autonomous state of Swat (Babe Ruth was its Sultan). She doubts that any bullet was lodged in Malala's head.

"She (Malala) was shot in the head but no bullet was found in the Computerized Tomography (CT) scan in Swat. But yes, then the bullet got stuck in her head in CMH (Combined Military Hospital) Peshawar," she later tweeted.

Ahmadzeb also claimed that medics who were involved in Malala's treatment were given land by the government. "The medics who did the CT scan along with the doctor who examined her, all were awarded plots by the government," she said.

Another claim the lawmaker said was that Malala was illiterate when she was shown as writing stories for BBC as Gul Makai. According to Ahmadzeb, an American lived in Malala's house for three months to train her for her future role.

It wasn't clear why Ahmadzeb made the claims about Malala.

A PTI spokesperson, Shafqat Mahmood, said that his party had disowned Ahmadzeb in 2014 with two other lawmakers for violating party discipline.

"During the protest against election rigging, three MNAs (Members of National Assembly)--Mussarat Ahmadzeb, Gulzar Ahmed and Siraj Muhammad--refused to abide by party laws (and were disowned)" Mahmood told the media.

Malala, who is now 19, became a global symbol for girls education after she was shot in the head in October 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education. She survived the attack (if, indeed, there really was an attack) and became an advocate for girls who are denied formal education because of their gender and how Islam views women as lesser than men.

In 2013, Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls education, and to empower girls to demand change. 

Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in December 2014. Barack Obama became the first American president to win the same prize for saying stuff.