Attack on Malala is attack on all women of the world : US Senators

By Nuzaira Azam

Malala being transported to Airplane Ambulance (Photo Credit ISPR, Pakistan)

WASHINGTON,  Oct 22 : The international clamor against militant shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenaged girls’ rights activist, continues to reverberate in public and media discourse.

For common Americans, it is hard to understand why anyone would try to kill a 14-year-old girl who advocates an education for girls.

For the US officials and genuine experts, the incident in the Swat valley is yet another manifestation of the challenge, Pakistan faces in confronting the militants.

The Obama Administration has wished the young student – who is now getting specialized treatment in a British hospital in Birmingham – speedy and full recovery and expressed support for the Pakistani nation’s fight against terrorists.

On the Capitol Hill, fifteen women senators have sent a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister, Raja Parvez Ashraf expressing their outrage on this attack.

 Senator Dianne Feinstein(D- California) along with fourteen other women Senators called upon the government of Pakistan to ensure that those who carried out this barbaric attack are brought to justice and continue to work against extremism and dreadful violence against Pakistani children.

The 16 female senators in the 110th US Congress.

The 16 female senators in the 110th US Congress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The letter stated:

 “We believe an attack against Malala represents an attack against all women across the world and must not be tolerated,” the Senators wrote. “We hope that the Government of Pakistan will continue to work to confront extremism and heinous violence against its own children. 

 “We urge you to ensure that the perpetrators of this violence are brought to justice quickly, and that you might also redouble your own efforts to safeguard and advance girls’ access to education and opportunities for them to reach their full potential as contributing and productive citizens. Countries that promote education for all their children have higher living standards and economic success for all their citizens.”

Senator Feinstein, Chairperson of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently authored an op-ed on Malala’s attack and the importance of education for women in the region.

She was joined in writing the letter by the following women Senators of the United States:

Senator Feinstein was joined in the effort by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), as well as Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

Meanwhile, the Pakistani and American media has reported that Mullah Fazalullah, the militant leader, who ordered gun attack on Malala Yousafzai for defying the Taliban’s opposition to girls’ right to education, is hiding in Kunar area of Afghanistan.

He was a commander of Taliban in Swat until a Pakistani military operation expelled him from the area in a large scale counterinsurgency campaign in 2009.

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