Friday, June 5, 2015

8 Out of 10 Malala Shooting Suspects Secretly Acquitted.

I have a bit of troubling news to share with you concerning Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who took a brave stance against the oppression of the Taliban; a position that nearly ended her life. She has served as a beacon of freedom for people all around the world, but especially for young girls under tyrannical Muslim governments. On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the face by a Taliban gunman after she boarded her school bus. At age seventeen, Malala is the youngest ever Nobel Prize recipient. To this day, she continues to fight for equal access to education for all children. The world as a whole owes Malala a massive debt of gratitude.

As pertaining to the assassination attempt, the Pakistani government would later claim to have secretly prosecuted ten men involved with the plot. In April of this year, information was leaked that all ten men were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment (which is only 25 years in Pakistan).

That information has now turned out to be false.

Only two of the ten men named in the trial show evidence of actually being incarcerated. The other eight defendants were apparently acquitted of all charges. Those eight men have since vanished. In fact, there is now some doubt that those men even exist. The two men whom do seem to exist are under scrutiny as well -- did they even have anything to do with the shooting? No one seems to know.

As to why the shroud of mystery has emerged, one must place blame on the Pakistan government. They failed to correct initial reports about the ten men being found guilty. Personally, this leads me to believe that the initial leak was all just a ruse. Nor did the Pakistan government maintain any record of the trial itself, which is rumored to have taken place in a converted hotel in the city of Paitham.

The government of Pakistan has clearly failed to find justice for Malala Yousafzai. Unfortunately, this is yet another reminder of how the rights of women are all but disregarded in many Muslim countries.

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