The Pakistani Express Tribune published an open letter today from Adnan Rashid (Tehrek-i Taliban Pakistan) to Malala Yousufzai. He wrote, in English, to convey three points: first, that she was not shot for educating herself. Second, that her propagandizing is a smear campaign, stretching back to Macauley’s Minute on Indian Education of 1835, supported by America and Jews, and their slaves the British, with a side-dig against the Freemasons. This smear is part of a larger goal of the UN to replace the book of God with the books of man. Lastly, Rashid makes the argument that Malala should, in essence “get thee to a nunnery” and return to Pakistan to study in a madrassah. He is quick to point out that he is only writing for himself (and presumably Malala) and that his views do not necessary represent the views of the Tehrik-i Taliban, the Department of Jihad, or the Islamic Emirate of Swat, so it may not be worth much to read into these, but the language and references used are interesting.
He takes a rather blasé approach to the death sentence the Taliban tried to carry out on her, saying that only God can judge the righteousness of shooting a 14 year old girl in the face. Once and only once does he mention that both he and Malala are of the Yousefzai Tribe, and that he felt a connection to her because of it, but otherwise the tribal identity is left alone. Similarly the shared ethnic identity only gets one mention, when he says that she should “adopt the Islamic and pushtoon culture [sic].” The rest of the letter is more Islamist in tone, as one might expect, and indicates the de-tribilizing and de-ethnicizing nature of modern jihadi thought in Pakistan.
Rashid makes a number comparative moralistic arguments to refute Malala’s claims about the Taliban shutting down girls’ schools, such as claiming that the Frontier Constabulary or Pakistani Army has destroyed just as many schools just as the Taliban did, and that the thousands of living female students refutes her claim that the Taliban oppose female education. His views of education are unsurprisingly simplistic; he sees true education flowing from God’s words as laid out in the Quran. Fighting true Islamic education he sees a cabal of westerners at the UN and elsewhere, aided by Macaulay and Syed Ahmed Khan, both in the 19th century.
Rashid also dropped a Bertrand Russell quote, probably the most surprising line of the letter. It was given as resistance to science, and used to justify the Taliban “reservation on so called polio vaccination program [sic].” In the last six months that “reservation” has seen 20 people killed trying to dole out the vaccine in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including a 16 year old female health aid, shot six times in the stomach. The rest of the letter seems full of relativist whining about Malala; why she was singled out for praise and press when various others, from Aafia Siddiqui to the victims of drone strikes in the FATA to the victims of Robert Bales, were not. Actually, perhaps a quick chart would help:
Rashid likes/feels sympathy for:
India under Muslim rule
Muslim women in Uzbekistan
Muslims in Khyber Pakhtunwa
Muslims in Burma
Muslims in Sri Lanka
Muslims in Kashmir
The alleged attackers of Raymond Davis
The victims of Robert Bales
Mohandas K Gandhi
Bertrand Russell Quotes
Rashid dislikes/shows disdain for:
Education that is not Islamic
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Sayed Ahmed Khan
The Pakistani Army and Frontier Constabulary
The actions of Malala Yousufzai
He also sees a worldwide conspiracy against Islam, incorrectly quoting Henry Kissinger and using a million Uzbek sterilizations from somewhere as evidence. He also alleges near universal literacy and the abolition of poverty and communalism in pre-British, Muslim-ruled India. In all, the letter just shows how prone to rumors and yellow press the Taliban is. In the following version, I believe that the misspellings and mistakes are Rashid’s own.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST MERACIFULL AND BENEFICEINT
From Adnan Rasheed to Malala Yousafzai
Peace to those who follow the guidance
Miss Malala Yousafzai
I am writing to you in my personal capacity this may not be the opinion or policy of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan or other jihadi faction or group.
I heard about you through BBC Urdu service for the first time, when I was in bannu prison, at that time I wanted to write to you, to advise you to refrain from anti-Taliban activities you were involved in. but I could not find your address and I was thinking how to approach you with real or pseudo name, my all emotions were brotherly for you because we belong to same Yousafzai tribe.
Meanwhile the prison brake happened and I was supposed to be in hiding. when you were attacked it was shocking for me I wished it would never happened and I had advised you before.
Taliban attacked you, was it islamically correct or wrong, or you were deserved to be killed or not, I will not go in this argument now, let’s
we leave it to Allah All mighty, He is the best judge.
Here I want to advise you as I am already late, I wish I would have advised u in my prison time and this accident would never happened.
First of all please mind that Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any
men or women or girl. Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in swat and your writings were provocative.
You have said in your speech yesterday that pen is mightier than sword, so they attacked you for your sword not for your books or school.
There were thousands of girls who were going to school and college before and after the Taliban insurgency in swat, would you explain why were only you on their hit list???
Now to explain you the second point, why Taliban are blowing up schools? The answer to this questions in that not only Taliban in KPK or FATA are blowing up the schools but Pakistan Army and Frontier Constabulary is equally involved in this issue. The reason for this action is common between them that is turning of schools into hide outs and transit camps once it comes under control of either party Pakistan Army or Taliban.
In 2004 I was in Swat, I was researching on the causes of failure of the first revolution attempt by Sufi Muhammad. I came to know that FC was stationed in the schools of swat in tehsil Matta and FC was using schools as their transit camps and hid outs. Now tell me who to blame???
Dozens of schools and colleges are being used by Pakistan Army and FC as their barracks inFATA, you can find out easily if you like. So when something sacred is turned lethal it needs to be eliminated this is the policy of Taliban.
Blowing up schools when they are not using strategically is not the Taliban job, some black sheep of local administration may be involved to extract more and more funds in the name of schools to fill their bank accounts.
Now I come to the main point that is EDUCATION, it is amazing that you are Shouting for education, 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.
I would like to share with you that Indian sub-continent was highly educated and almost every citizen was able to read or write before British invasion. Locals used to teach British officers Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and Persian. Almost every mosque was acting as school too and Muslim emperors used to spend a huge sum of money on education. Muslim India was rich in farming, silk, and jute and from textile industry to ship building. No poverty, no crises and no clashes of civilization or religion. Because the education system was based on noble thoughts and noble curriculum.
I want to draw your attention to an extract from the minute written by Sir T.B Macaulay to British parliament dated 2nd February 1835 about what type of education system is required in Indian sub-continent to replace the Muslim education system.
He stated “We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern, –a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in tastes, inopinions, in morals and in intellect”
This was and this is the plan and mission of this so called education system for which you are ready to die, for which UNO takes you to their office to produce more and more Asians in blood but English in taste, to produce more and more Africans in color but English in opinion, to produce more and more non English people but English in morale. This so called education made Obama, the mass murder, your ideal. isn’t it?
Why they want to make all human beings English? because Englishmen are the staunch supporters and slaves of Jews. Do you know Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder and symbol of
English education in India was a freemasons.
You say a teacher, a pen and a book can change the world, yes I agree with, but which teacher which pen and which book? It is to be specified, Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him said I am sent as a teacher, and the book He sent to teach is Quran. So a noble and pious teacher with prophetic curriculum can change the world not with satanic or secular curriculum.
You have given the example that once a journalist asked a student that why a talib afraid of this education he replied a talib didn’t know what was in this book. The same I say to you and through you to whole world that why they afraid from the book of Allah because they don’t know what is in it.
Taliban want to implement what is in the book of ALLAH and UNO want to impleme nt what they have in man-made books. We want to connect the world to their creator through the book of Allah and UNO want to enslave the world to few evil creatures.
You have talk about justice and equality from the stage of and unjust institution, the place where you were standing uttering for justice and equality, all the nations are not equal there, only five wicked states have the veto power and rest of them are powerless, dozens of time when all the world untied against the Israel only one veto was enough to press the throat of justice.
The place you were speaking to the world is heading towards new world order, I want to know what is wrong the old world order? They want to establish global education, global economy, global army, global trade, global government and finally global religion. I want to know is there any space for the prophetic guidance in all above global plans? Is there any space for Islamic sharia or Islamic law to which UN call inhumane and barbaric?
You have talk about attack on polio team, would you explain why the then American foreign secretary of state Henry Kissinger, a Jew, said in 1973 to reduce the third world population by 80%.Why the sterilization and eugenics programs are running in different countries in one way or another under the umbrella of UNO. More than 1 million Muslim women have been sterilized in Uzbekistan forcibly without their consent.
Bertrand Russell writes in his book the impact of science on society, “diet, injections and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable and any serious criticism of power that be will become psychologically impossible”. This is why we have the reservation on so called polio vaccination program.
You say Malala day is not your day it is the day of every person who has raised voice for their rights, I ask you why such a day in not assigned to Rachel Corrie, only because the bulldozer was Israeli? Why such a day in not assigned to Affia Siddique because the buyers are Americans? Why such day is not assigned to Faizan and Faheem because the killer was Raymond Davis? Why such a day in not assigned to those16 innocent afghan women and children who were shot dead by an American Robert Belas because he was not a talib.
I ask you and be honest in reply, if you were shot but Americans in a drone attack, would world have ever heard updates on your medical status? Would you be called ‘daughter of the nation? Would the media make a fuss about you? Would General Kiyani have come to visit you and would the world media be constantly reporting on you? Would you were called to UN? Would a Malala day be announced?
More than 300 innocent women and children have been killed in drones attacks but who cares because attackers are highly educated, non-violent, peaceful Americans.
I wish, the compassion you learnt from Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him should be learnt by Pakistan Army so they could stop shedding of Muslim blood in FATA and Baluchistan. I wish, the compassion you learnt from Prophet Jesus should be learnt by USA and NATO so they should stop shedding blood of innocent Muslims across the world and I wish the same for followers of Buddha to stop killing of innocent unarmed Muslims in Burma, and Sri Lanka and wish the same for Indian army to follow Gandhi jee and stop genocide in Kashmir, And yes, The followers of bacha khan, the ANP has an example of non-violence in their five years regime in KPK province, for example Swat, where a single shot was not fired and we witnessed the followers of bacha khan implemented the philosophy of nonviolence in its true soul, with support of jets, tanks and gunships.
at the end I advise you to come back home, adopt the Islamic and pushtoon culture, join any female Islamic madrassa near your home town, study and learn the book of Allah, use your pen for Islam and plight of Muslim ummah and reveal the conspiracy of tiny elite who want to enslave the whole humanity for their evil agendas in the name of new world order.
All praises to Allah the creator of the Universe.”