“The big threat is that if they arrest me, they will behead me from the back of the neck,” said Mawlawi Pir Mohammed Rohani, a former member of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“Any person who is working for peace is under threat from different sides, not only from one side,” he told GlobalPost’s Chris Sands.
A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education has been discharged from a British hospital after doctors said she was well enough to spend time recovering with her family.
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban in October and brought to Britain for treatment, was discharged on Thursday but is due to be re-admitted in late January or early February for reconstructive surgery to her skull, doctors said.
The shooting of Yousufzai, in the head at point blank range as she left school in the Swat valley, drew widespread international condemnation.
She has become a an internationally recognized symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education and other rights, and more than 250,000 people have signed online petitions calling for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.
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Pakistani surgeons remove bullet from 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, but Taliban threaten to ‘finish this chapter’
Pakistani surgeons removed a bullet on Wednesday from a 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls, doctors said.
Malala Yousafzai was in critical condition after gunmen shot her in the head and neck on Tuesday as she left school. Two other girls were also wounded.
Yousafzai began writing a blog when she was just 11 under the pseudonym Gul Makai for the BBC about life under the Taliban, and began speaking out publicly in 2009 about the need for girls’ education — which the Taliban strongly opposes. The extremist movement was quick to claim responsibility for shooting her.
“This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter,” Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan by telephone. (Reuters)
A photograph of a man holding an AK-47 found in a house in Marja. Taliban propaganda and audio tapes were also found in the residence. United States Marines and Afghan forces continued Operation Moshtarak, meaning “joint operation,” to retake the city of Marja from Taliban forces. The operation is the largest of the war since the invasion, and Marja - long outside the Afghan government’s control - is the Taliban’s last major stronghold in Helmand Province.
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On the east of Kunduz, about 500 taliban troops in 20 Taliban pickup trucks, four military trucks and four tanks crossed the Bangi Bridge in Takhar province to surrender themselves and their weapons. | Location: Khanabad, Afghanistan.
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Taliban guerrilla leader Mullah Hayatullah Khan (R) speaks to Reuters at a secret base in eastern Afghanistan.