READ: ‘Why we shot you’ letter from Taliban to Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistani school girl who survived a vicious attempt on her life has received an explanation from a Taliban spokesman on why members of the militant group tried to shoot her to death in 2012.

Just days after addressing the United Nations with a heartfelt speech calling for the right of all children to be educated, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai received a letter from a senior Taliban commander Adnan Rashee saying that she was targeted by them because of her criticism of the group, not because of her advocacy for education.

On Oct. 9, 2012, Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time, was shot in the head and neck on her school bus by a gunman who jumped on board, shouting her name. She had been a vocal advocate for education, especially for girls, through blogs and interviews. Two of her classmates were also injured in the attack.

Yousafzai shocked the world, going on to fully recover from near-deadly injuries with intensive rehabilitation.

Celebrating her 16th birthday last week on July 12, Yousafzai delivered a speech to the United Nations proving that what didn’t kill her has truly made her stronger.

“The Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead,” Yousafzai said. “They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed.”

This prompted a response from Adnan Rasheed of the Taliban who wrote to Yousafzai, “The Taliban believe you were intentionally writing against them and running a smear campaign to malign their effort to establish an Islamic system in (the) Swat Valley, and your writings were provocative.”

“You have said in your speech … that the pen is mightier than the sword. So they attacked you for your sword not your books or school,” Rasheed wrote in the letter. “…you and the UNO is pretending that as you were shot due to education, although this is not the reason, be honest, not the education but your propaganda was the issue and what you are doing now, you are using your tongue on the behest of the others and you must know that if the pen is mightier than the sword then tongue is sharper and the injury of sword can be hailed but the injury of the tongue never hails and in the wars tongue is more destructive than any weapon.”

Yousafzai had said in her speech to the United Nations that her weakness and fear died, giving way to the birth of strength and courage.

Read the full letter, obtained by Channel 4 in the UK, below.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.