Next Time There Would Be No Mistake: Taliban Militant Threatens Malala Yousafzai

Taliban Threatens Malala
Taliban threatens Malala on social media: A Pakistani Taliban militant, who had allegedly shot and injured Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai nine years ago, has threatened her again on Twitter. Taking to Twitter, the Nobel Prize winner said that on Wednesday, a Taliban militant threatened her tweeting that next time, “there would be no mistake.” His account was permanently suspended after the post.

Following the threat, the Oxford University graduate asked both the Pakistan military and Prime Minister Imran Khan to explain to her the alleged shooter’s, namely Ehsanullah Ehsan, escape from government custody. “This is the ex-spokesperson of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan who claims responsibility for the attack on me and many innocent people. He is now threatening people on social media,” 23-year-old Pakistani education activist, Yousafzai tweeted asking “How did he escape?”

Reportedly, Ehsan, once counted among the top functionaries of the Pakistani Taliban, was arrested in 2017. He later escaped in January 2020 from a safe house where he was being held by Pakistan’s intelligence agency.

Malala is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. At 15, she survived a Taliban attack.

“Come back to your original home in Swat, we have special unfinished business with you and your father (Ziauddin Yousafzai). We will end what we had started this time around,” the Ehsan tweeted, according to a TOI report.

Dr Arslan Khalid, PM’s focal person on digital media, however, said that Ehsan’s account on Twitter was fake.

Yousafzai, who in 2018 received an award from Harvard University for her ground-breaking work promoting girls’ education, was reportedly attacked by Ehsan in 2012. He claimed responsibility on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban for shooting the then 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in her native Swat Valley, threatening reporters after the attack for taking the victim’s side and publishing “propaganda against Islam and the Taliban”.

The Pakistani activist went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

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