International Alliance Against Terrorism (IAAT) statement
On this day, chosen by the UN to be the International Day of the Girl Child, International Alliance Against Terrorism (IAAT) condemns the ghastly taliban attack of 14-years-old Malala Yousafzai , brave child activist who has been struggling for girls rights to education and defending human rights for all children since 2009.
We endorse the statement published by IAAT Pakistani partner IRESK, Institute of researche and strategic studies on Khyber.
Malala Yousafzai has publicized the atrocities of Taliban in the valley of Swat through her blog on BBC urdu Service and has been the National Peace Award winner.
She was shot twice by a Taliban gunman on October 9.
Malala, who was injured along with two other girls, is still in critical condition and our main concern is for her to get a full recovery.
While boarding the bus taking the children home from school, the gunman demanded which one of the girls was Malala before shooting twice in her head and neck ! She was a clear target for the terrorists in their heinous desire to silence a voice of peace and enlightenment. The Taliban statement calling her work OBSCENITY and boasting of their crime illustrates the very nature of islamist terrorism : cowardice, hatred of education, freedom and gender equality.
It was the responsibility of the government of Pakistan to protect her from the terrorists who kept threatening her but it badly failed in fulfilling its duties to do so.
It is not enough to condemn this heinous crime. We urge the USA, EU and UN to take notice of this brutality and declare TERRORISM ON CHILDREN as one of the gravest child rights violations which must be stopped !
International Alliance Against Terrorism (IAAT)
October 11 th 2012