A Taliban commander has written to the Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai who the extremists tried to murder last October. Some media are interpreting this as a letter of regret. But that word is not in it. Neither are the words ‘apology’ or ‘ sorry’ – only the writer’s: “I wished it had never happened.”
Last week Malala celebrated her 16th birthday speaking – for the first time since she was attacked – at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where she invoked the saying ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’.
Adnan Rasheed, in his four-page letter, agrees with that. Malala said books and pens “are our most powerful weapons.”
She was shot by Taliban gunmen as she left her school in northwestern Pakistan. She was flown to Britain to have her skull repaired. After the continued Taliban threats against her, Rasheed urges her to return and go to a religious school.
Malala said that, “…the power of the voice of women frightens them.”