Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan Taliban’

Malik Jalal tries to get off Obama’s Kill List

April 15, 2016

Malik Jalal has traveled from Pakistan’s Waziristan border region to Britain so as to plead with President Obama to stop trying to kill him.

Malik Jalal

Malik Jalal

Malik is an honorary title that means “village leader”.  He is a member of the North Waziristan Peace Committee, whose mission is to negotiate with the Pakistan Taliban to reduce violence in the region.  The committee’s work is sanctioned by the government of Pakistan.

He has survived four attacks by Hellfire missiles and now sleeps out in the woods with his six-year-old son.  He wrote in The Independent that he has information that the U.S. military wants to stop the work of the Peace Committee because they think peace would give the Taliban a secure sanctuary.

Jalal wrote that the first attack came in 2010, when his nephew took his vehicle to a service  station  to get an oil change and to have the tires checked.   A Hellfire missile hit Jalal’s vehicle and another vehicle parked just beside it.  The nephew was injured and four innocent bystanders were killed.

The next time he was driving to a peace conference, with another vehicle on the road behind, which happened to be the same shade of red as Jalal’s.  A Hellfire missile destroyed the trailing vehicle and all four occupants, all innocent bystanders, were killed.

Jalal became sure that he was the target after the next attack.  He accepted a dinner invitation by cell phone and, while he was on the way, a Hellfire missile struck, killing three innocent people, including a father of three and a mentally retarded man.

The fourth attack came early in 2011, when the Hellfire missile struck a meeting of community leaders, killing 40 people, none of whom, according to Jalal were engaged in acts of violence.

Since then he has taken to sleeping out of doors on a mountainside far from his house and always parking his vehicle a long distance from any destination.  Recently, he said, his six-year-old son has joined him on the mountainside.  The little boy said it was unrealistic to think that the U.S. military would refrain from killing Jalal’s family just because he wasn’t at home.


Pakistan horrified by Taliban school attack

December 18, 2014

The Pakistan Taliban massacred nine teachers and 132 children at a school in Pakistan.

Even other terrorist organizations denounce the murders.


Will school attacks finally change Pakistani attitudes toward the Taliban? by Shashank Joshi for The Interpreter (Australia).

Problems Pakistani Politics has to Resolve after Grisly School Attack by Juan Cole for Informed Comment.

When Malala met Obama…

October 27, 2013


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Malala Yousafzai: ‘I have a right’

October 22, 2013


Women and girls in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan ought to have the right to attend school without fear of murderous religious fanatics.  They also ought to have the right to live without flying killer drones overhead.

The best way to defeat the Taliban is by supporting education.  What is the best way to do that?  The answer to that question should come from educators in Pakistan and Afghanistan, not from somebody like me.  I don’t know what kind of help they want or whether, at this point, whether they want help from us Americans at all.


The Burka Avenger, a Pakistani superheroine

August 5, 2013

The Burka Avenger is the superheroine of a new animated cartoon series for children in Pakistan.  A mild-mannered school teacher by day, she dons the burka costume by night to fight the enemies of freedom and knowledge, using books and pens as her weapons.

This program is sure to enrage the Pakistani Taliban, who shut down girl’s schools in the areas they control and attempted to murder 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai for promoting education for girls.

It is an interesting twist that the heroine’s costume is the burka, a garment that covers the face and the whole body, and is considered a symbol of repression of women, because its purpose is to shield women from the gaze of men other than their husbands.