Taliban commander regrets attack on Pakistani teen activist Malala

July 17, 2013 | By More

July 17, – The commander, Adnan Rasheed, did not say the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai last October was wrong, only that he found it “shocking” and wished it hadn’t happened.


A Pakistani Taleban commander has written a letter to a teenage girl activist shot in the head by the group, saying he wished he could have warned her to stop criticizing the militants so she wouldn’t have been attacked.

Rasheed, who has close relations with Taleban leaders, said the letter expressed his own opinion, not that of the group.

The Associated Press received the letter by e-mail late Tuesday and spoke to another Taleban commander Wednesday who confirmed it was authentic.

The Taleban’s attack on Malala, who was 15 years old at the time, sparked international condemnation of the militant group.

Press journalist for HRO media – Dawar Shah reports from the region.

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