October 24th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Pakistan on the cusp of change?

By CNN Global Public Square

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Earlier this month, the Pakistani Taliban opened fire on a school bus. Two girls were shot. At first, it seemed a familiar story. The Taliban, after all, has bombed hundreds of schools, especially those for girls.

But here's what's new: Mass protests ensued against the Taliban, and in favor of women. That's startling and refreshing in Pakistan.

This past week, thousands of demonstrators thronged to the streets to protest the Taliban's brutality towards women. They're rallying around one person, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai. Malala was one of the girls who was shot on that school bus. She was not an accidental target. The Taliban directly sought her out and shot her in the head. They wanted to kill not only Malala, but what she stood for. Here's why:

"I will show them the Koran, what Koran says. Koran didn't say that girls are not allowed to go to school"

Malala exposed the lie of Islamic extremists – and they were willing to kill her for it.

But she survived, and so has her argument. Her courage in taking on the Taliban has inspired moderate Pakistanis.

We've been waiting for this kind of moment for a while. What will it take for moderate Pakistanis to unite against extremism? For years now, fundamentalist groups have tried to turn Pakistan into a theocracy. They've scared girls into forgoing school, they've repressed women, they've pushed for draconian interpretations of Pakistan's blasphemy law. But where was the pushback? Just last year, when a state governor, Salman Taseer, spoke out against the misuse of the blasphemy law, he was gunned down. Outside the court, his killer was greeted with rose petals. Where was the public outcry?

Perhaps the last time we saw sustained public anger against the Taliban was three years ago, when a video of a woman being flogged circulated on the internet and on Pakistani TV. That moment led to mass support for military action against the Taliban.

So perhaps the tide is turning once again. Pakistanis often blame the West for their problems, protesting against America, against drone strikes, or even against YouTube. But the real enemy lies within. And it took a 14-year-old girl to bring that to people's attention.

Pakistan's youth literacy rate is only 71 percent; take South Asia as a whole and that number rises to 80 percent; it rises to 90 percent when you take the whole world into account. Girls fare especially badly in Pakistan. There are only 79 Pakistani schoolgirls for every 100 schoolboys. In South Asia that number is 95, and in the whole world it’s 97.

But you don't need a World Bank database to spot these trends. Just ask any schoolgirl in Pakistan.

Women are often seen as the stealth reformers of Islam. As they press for their rights, it will force a more liberal and flexible interpretation of the religion. And while politicians have been cowardly and hesitant, a 14-year-old girl has led the charge. Here's wishing her a complete recovery, so she can get back in the fight for her country and her religion.

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Topics: Pakistan • Taliban • What in the World? • Women • Youth

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  1. RRG

    Living in self denial and thinking that everything is fine in my country is going one step backwards. This article is about Pakistan and Taliban and some of the comments here are about India. My country India may not be the most beautiful place, nor corruption free, some regions in India may follow age old practices, not safe for new born girls. The above issues most of them arise due to lack of education, not from any religious based sections. Our progress in these issues may be very very less, but still moving towards the right direction.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • Brad

      krm / RRG - That is so different compared to murderous Pakistanis who tried to kill a 14 year old girl who wanted to go to school. You are one of the dumbest and most inarticulate trolls - so easy to spot - try better next time.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        Why do you think I am supporting Pakistan or shooting at the girl. I am only replying to those people who are commenting on India when the article is about Pakistan and Taliban. If you don't like my views, agree to disagree and try to respect.

        October 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • Ain't No Boy Young Enough

        Mahatma Gandhi and Jerry Sandusky: Strange Bedfellows

        What do these two have in common???? Terrorizing boys !!!! Shame. Let us bring their memories down and their legacies trashed. Let us knock their statues down and their thoughts erased.

        October 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • Brad

        krm1007 / RRG – OK, with all due respect, I request you to go ahead and continue replying to your own messages like you always do. Can you please make an effort to bring at least some substance to a discussion instead of regurgitating the same inane material irrespective of the topic under discussion?

        October 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Libertarian

        This goddess was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures.

        October 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Barry M

      There is so much venom against hindus that it is unbelievable !!!!

      I am getting bad vibes reading about Hindus and Indians and their culture. I have read up on them as well and don't like what I see. How can our government be supporting India, a culture so brutal and anti women, children and minorities. I have put in a call to our congressional delegation and emailed them as well opposing any further financial aid/support of any kind to India. We Americans cannot condone such archaic cultures. I urge all Americans to contact their congress people and voice their concerns regarding India.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        Aid to India?? Are you sure. Your president comes to India to talk about business, jobs for Americans and you are talking as if India is dependent on US. We agree that there are lot of issues in India and ours is a democratic country. The power is with the people and we are taking steps to improve our country

        October 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Libertarian

        India is America's b!tch in Asia. Don't kid yourself you smelly DNA Indian

        October 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
      • Rocky

        @Libertarian: Again, no answer so abuse. Typical Pakistani. Everybody knows who gets money from USA. Without USA money Pakistan cannot even run their govt. The drones hit daily and still Pakistan cannot complain, because if they do, they lose their aid.

        October 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  2. lovUSA

    Pakistan's enemy is Pakistan, its people. Why ? They are biggest intolerant society on this earth. Hate is the fuel for them since Pakistan was created. They hate everybody equally, Christians, Hindus' Buddhishts, Jews. We all have been z i 0 n i s t s and K a f i r 's for them since day one of creation of Pakistan.
    Its a gone case and joke in the name of a country. Dangerously it has evolved as a cancer to the world as a terrorist factory.
    Only one solution remains that will fix this problem. It is to flatten the entire ground there with a nuke to make sure not even a single Pakistani remains alive !!!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply

      Spare us your rubbish. India is a bully and a trouble maker in that region. It has kept the neighbors behind due constant bickerings. India has always lived in the shadow of Pakistan and has been forever defined by Pakistan. Unfortunately, India had a chance at leadership and blew it. Pakistan has now taken over the reins and is running with it. Much to the chagrin of Indians. So be it. Destiny has dealt its hands and India is about to fold.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        You got to be on drugs. India is in the shadow of Pakistan ???? The whole Pakistan budget is less than the defense budget of India. Don't let your hatred speak. Think calm and do some introspection and you will understand where the problem is

        October 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  3. stealth reformers? hahahahahahaha...you're kidding right?

    americans hate muslims...go home and let the 'moderates' work on you...

    October 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  4. stealth reformers? hahahahahahaha...you're kidding right?

    is there really such a thing as moderate muslims ? anytyime something bad happens, they always say, yes, that is terrible, BUT.....

    Why is there always the BUT? Cant they just accept that evil in of itself sometimes has no BUTS....

    GO HOME...leave america alone...really....american "moderate" muslims should go home and heal their own before coming here to advocate that WE need to change...BULLDUST!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  5. lovUSA

    IIt is interesting to read speculations and positive thinking from Mr. Zakaria. I wonder if I remember any protests from Pakistan when Daniel Pearl was kept hostage for days and was painfully slaughtered ?? His wife kept begging to free her husband for the sake of her unborn twins but NO none of the so called Malala supporters or moderate Pakistani's every raised a voice for her or even held a support rally.
    Malala's case is no more than a PR job for Pakistani army, ISI, its government and Pakistani people to gain world sympathy and to try playing as a victim. Even a chameleon cannot change colors so fast...................

    October 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • Owen1710

      I could not disagree with you more. You are looking at India's problems through the wrong prism. That of Indian government which is on life support system blaming Pakistan for all the ills in Indian society. Let's face it, India is a decadent culture and economy on the verge of collapse. India has become a dinosaur. A Smithsonian specimen. Like humpty dumpty even USA, NATO and the entire free world are having a tough time holding it together. Living in the shadows of Pakistan, defined by China, haunted by Kashmir and punctuated by Terror Organizations such as Shiv Sena, India is struggling to find a meaning for its existence and a place in the new world order. Here is my take on the ongoing civil war in India and its imminent disintegration.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        Really??? India is on the verge of collapse. Where did you read this. Can you give me a reference, or did your God came in your dreams and told you???

        October 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  6. James Obergood

    The one most successful aspect of recent American foreign policy has been the conquest of India without firing a bullet. That is the beauty of capitalism used as a Trojan Horse! Economic victory! Give them a taste of steak and they will never settle for hamburgers again. USA now owns India Inc. not only economically but also militarily as economic subjugation ultimately leads to military domination. The recent win for US multinationals has been pressuring the Indian Govt to open up majority ownership of domestic companies by foreign investors. US will now be virtually able to control the government policies in India via remote control in Wash D.C.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • RRG

      Yes Yes Yes, USA controls India with a remote control. USA is not able to stop the oil deal between Iran and India and you are talking about USA controlling India. Got to admit, some of the people here are really on a high

      October 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • lovUSA

      llol...and I remember Obama can't stop talking about Indian dominance in education and fast emerging as a knowledge hub at the same time didn't forget to mention the double face of Pakistan..........

      October 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • In the name of our Lord

      LIPSTICK ON A PIG: The Story of India
      There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
      Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
      India is mired in sewage and poverty.
      GDP growth GDP growth
      Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
      Lipstick on a Pig is the Indian way
      Either nukes will soon blow it away.
      Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • lovUSA

      Sorry buddy...I really forgot that you guys love pigs and goats. Will try to take care of it in my future comments...lol

      October 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
      • Hamilton Talbot

        In many Hindu temples there are sculptures depicting men having s@x not only with women but also cows. What is the meaning of this? Is not the cow sacred? If it is, then it should be worshipped not s@xually assaulted!

        October 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  7. Sandy

    WE SALUTE YOU, PAKISTAN......The Americans acknowledge the innumerable sacrifices made by Pakistanis in this ongoing war. The Americans appreciate the bullets taken on the chest by the Pakistanis in fighting the enemy. The Americans appreciate the ultimate sacrifices made by Pakistanis in sacrificing their lives while trying to make America and the world safe.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • lovUSA

      from a Pakistani for Pakistani.............lol

      October 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • Sheri

        Together we shall prevail, as we have done in the past while overcoming insurmountable odds. After all, the Americans and Pakistanis share common values and history in the struggle for their Independence and their fight for survival.
        God Speed. "In God We Trust".

        October 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  8. In the name of our Lord

    PAKISTAN !!!!

    Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
    US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

    No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

    Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
    You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • lovUSA

      lol...yes it deserves a seat in 'UN Security Council' seat because it not only has the maximum number of terrorist producing factories in the world but also maximum haters in the world.
      Yes it has always been ready to give a bl0w job to US anytime but simultaneously steal trillions of dollars in the name of war of terror using it to build nukes and to repaint cheap Chinese missiles.
      Also its leadership have succesfully befooled the world in name of OBL while hiding it in a cantonment.
      It definitely deserves a UN seat.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
      • Chuckie A

        It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust.

        October 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • lovUSA

      I guess you were trying to say 'Mohammed' prophet when you mentioned about Gandhi...lol

      October 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  9. In the name of our Lord

    Why doesn't US/NATO hand over the killers of Malala to Pakistan. They are hiding in India/Afghnaistan and both are under US occupation. Send the drones over to take care. We want action not words. Fareed, call your buds at white house to authorize the droning of Malala assasins in New Delhee/Kabool.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • RRG

      Hahaha India under US occupation. Are you in kindergarten ???

      October 25, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
  10. RRG

    @Brad .. I am presenting my views. If you feel something is wrong and does not make sense, point it out and we can always have a healthy and constructive discussion

    October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • Brad

      @krm / RRG etc. No, thanks. You can read your own posts. I can spot you before I can even complete reading a full sentence posted by you – and there is so much posted by you. I am not interested in reading the filth in your posts. So, please talk to yourself, continue replying to your own posts as usual. Talking to a piece of furniture would be more thought provoking than talking to you. I am done talking to you.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
      • RRG

        GFY Brad

        October 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
      • RRG

        Good luck to you Bro. Next time I will try to write something that make sense to you. Until then take care

        October 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • Chuckie A

        We are well aware of the deep rooted connections of Hindu Terror Groups headquartered in India to International Terror Groups such as Al Qaeda. These groups have an extremist philosophy, Neo Nazi bent and are the torch bearers/successors to Al Qaeda

        October 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Kettle Two


      We are Hindus from India,
      And we like to put on the Bindiya,
      We are mostly Haris,
      But we like to put on the Saris,
      Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
      Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,

      October 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • Rocky

        What is the use of education to people like you. Just waste of money. Would have been more useful to feed some poor person

        October 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • Kettle Two

        you seem to be constipated.

        October 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  11. Mark

    Excellent article. Fareed always writes thoughtful articles based on sound research and analysis.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  12. Reposted With Intent To Educate

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  13. Ram

    Get well soon Malala. All the best

    October 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  14. Hamilton Talbot

    I have heard enough. Instead of writing articles, Fareed should email his buddies in white house and ask them either to hand over the murderes of Malala to Pakistan immediately or send drones to waste them. These extremists are financed by and hiding in either Afghanistan or India. Both are in cahoots and financing these terrorists. Malala is a symbol of Pakistan and the freedom of thought that the women enjoy in Islam and Pakistan.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      Women enjoy freedom in Islam and Pakistan. Don't you think it is a bold and exaggerated statement ?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • Hamilton Talbot

        Not at all, sir. Compared to the millions murdered in India

        October 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • RRG

        Yeah, than what is written in this article. Oh yeah, the heights of tolerance in your country and the religion you follow

        October 25, 2012 at 3:25 am |
  15. Charles

    " Here's wishing her a complete recovery, so she can get back in the fight for her country and her religion."

    I wish Mr. Zakaria would wake up and realize that Islam itself, never mind "radical" Islam, is not on the side of this hero. In Islam if the male guardians over a girl want her to stay away from schooling then that's it.

    The Qur'an (Allah's dictation) says
    "Men have authority over women, because god has made the one superior to the other." (4:34)
    " As for those women from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send then to beds apart and beat them. "(4:35).

    Islam has got to go, under it there is no long range hope for Western-like civilization given all that Islam demands, including death for rebellion against it.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  16. Hank

    Hinduism is a disgusting cult. Even to this day cross-cousin, father-daughter, mother-son, brother-sister, doing each other is common practice. Let me make it easy for you and refer you to the hindu scriptures and share it with the world. Shame on Hindus and barbaric Hinduism.

    Pushan is the lover of his sister [ Rg Ved VI.55.4 ][ Apte 11 ]
    The Ashvisns married Surya and Savitri who is their sister [ RV I.116.19 ].
    Agni is the son of his father and his sister [ Rg Ved.I.91.7 ]

    October 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • RRG

      I think you read about your own religion and misunderstood with Hinduism.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:24 am | Reply
  17. John

    It's an interesting assertion, but the information being provided by Pakistani newspapers (both in their articles and in the comments on articles) suggest otherwise. The attack on Malala was condemned by a council of Islamic scholars. In that condemnation the scholars argued the ultimate responsibility for the attack lay with the United States. The view that the United States funds the Taliban as a means of discrediting Islam and providing a pretext for an invasion of Pakistan is widely held by many Pakistanis and, as we see, by many of the leading religious scholars who guide public opinion.

    Pakistanis have not taken responsibility for this attack, neither as an attempted murder carried out by Pakistanis or as a corrupt byproduct of the largest religion in their country; they have blamed the United States and, once again, ducked any responsibility for the actions of terrorists they helped to produce. They have not begun asking hard questions and taking hard actions, they have cast blame and denied responsibility.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      They have been practicing this for many years and would not be surprised if they still live in their own delusional world, by blaming others

      October 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
      • Appleby

        Seems like you hindu indians are jealous of pakistan. cry your heart out

        October 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • Rocky

        Yes India is jealous of Pakistan. Pakistan has a better economy. Pakistan has noble price winners. Pakistan has better technology than India ...and much more to write ...

        October 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • Teddy- Tallahassee

        Now you git? beat it now.

        October 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • Rocky

        @Teddy: Does not seem to understand the difference between sarcasm and reality. Also read. Pakistan famous for AQkhan: the person who stole nuclear technology. Abbotabad which was safe haven for Osama, incidents like Malala are far too common

        October 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  18. Halaku Khan Sherdil

    I say pakistan has 100 nukes soon to be 200. What gud is it if not use. I say level India down to a dustbowl like rajasthan. No one will miss hindus. disgusting smelly people

    October 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • El Capitan ♠

      Nuke 'em...save trees/wood/timber the hindus waste.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      You guys fought so many wars with India, never won any of them and dreaming of nuking India ... God please educate these people. Looks like they are living in a dream

      October 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
      • Kettle Two

        Didn't pakistan take kashmir from you? LOL

        October 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • Rocky

        If you already took kashmir ..then why r u guys fighting for kashmir

        October 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Teddy- Tallahassee

        they wanna more kashmir and then some. Git? you moron.

        October 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
      • Rocky

        You fought 3-4 wars for Kashmir, still do not understand that you cannot win against India. Want more Kashmir?? Remember how Bangladesh is created.

        October 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  19. L. milley

    Why is US not handing over the murderes of Malala to Pakistan? They are hiding in India/Afghanistan. Why ??? Why ???

    October 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  20. Libertarian

    We continue to monitor the economic, political and cultural bubble burst/malaise in India and are very concerned with the continued state of deterioration. At this point, we restate our view that India is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour. As you will recall, India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to prop it up. Additionally, it is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Americans now need to focus on its own people and cannot afford to handout more financial and technological aid to India.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      I think you misunderstood India with Pakistan.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
      • Appleby

        India is a piece of sh!t. get it now?

        October 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
      • Rocky

        You can only shout and abuse because you cannot make a sensible comment. Go on ..on and on .....

        October 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • Teddy- Tallahassee

        Why don;t you go kill another girl in india...you women beating hindus

        October 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  21. Appleby

    Why are not Americans handing over Malala assasins to Pakistan? They are hiding in Afghanistan/India.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      Why do Pak need USA. If they are hiding in India/Afghan are Pak not brave enough to go and catch them. The answer is they are hiding in Pak and the govt does not have the courage of a 14 yr old girl to catch the people who are involved in these barbaric activities

      October 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • Appleby

        I am of the view that Pakistan should nuke india and afghanistan to dust. Am I clear to you?

        October 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • Rocky

        Why are you waiting ??. Go head and nuke ...Is int so simple ..right

        October 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • Teddy- Tallahassee

        You @Rocky are an idiot,

        October 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • Rocky

        When cannot answer, abuse ...Easy option

        October 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • John Geheran

      Just like bin-Laden was hiding in Manhatten? Get serious.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  22. El Capitan ♠

    Malala exemplifies the freedom of thought and emancipation that women in Pakistan enjoy. She embodies the support and respect women have in Pakistan...a predominantly Islamic society with modern outlook. She serves as an example to all neighborly countries where women are still subjugated such as in India, Afghanistan, Iran .

    October 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      Modern outlook, Islamic society in the same sentence. Hmm

      October 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • El Capitan ♠


        October 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
      • Rocky

        Jealous of what ??

        October 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Frank

      You are right that Malala embodies support and respect women have in Pakistan. She was shot.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  23. Rocky

    God Bless Malala

    October 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • El Capitan ♠

      really??? Hmmm

      October 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • Rocky

        Yes, only God can help her when she is living with religious fanatics and people who commit barbaric activities

        October 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
      • Teddy- Tallahassee

        In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records. is this what you proud of ... hindu man

        October 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  24. VinceProfessor

    I think the issue is more complex. Taliban is trying to force a civil war, where the large moderate population will have to take sides. And these protests show that they are succeeding. We should be careful about asking pakistani government to be more forceful. A civil war will be very bloody, and that does not mean Taliban will be eliminated. We should be asking more fundamental questions like what are the grievances of Taliban and the source of their frustration that leads to such violence, and what can be done to alleviate their true grievances.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Teddy- Tallahassee

      Taliban has one goal. To kick daylights out of those who wont settle kashmir and palestine issues. simple. not complicated. otherwise hell is coming to town and talibans are coming with it. mumbai already has seen hell.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  25. Ragu

    Pakistan has way too many men in power who consider militant groups, such as Taliban, as assets to be used against neighbors. It also has built an assembly line of so called religious schools, funded by Saudi fanatics, that brainwashes children from the age of five till they are eighteen into killers. When such 'structural' facilities are available, fanatics will flourish and grow, Taliban were trained in Pakistan and sent to take over Afghanisthan. Pakistan was among the first nation to recognize them when they took over Afghanisthan; If they are good enough for Afghans, why can't they also rule Pakistan by the same brutal violence. Blaming others will not help Pakistan one bit. Time to look inwards and fix the rut.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • babu

      Then why talibans come to india to conquer it???? Your theory is no good.


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      October 25, 2012 at 2:23 am | Reply
      • Ragu

        You are right about extremism in other countries; Not much doubt about that. But paying attention to those may be a short-term feel-good-thing and will not help Pakistan's cause. The non-state militancy and state sponsored militancy are taking Pakistan towards destruction. It can always be arrested and reversed, if only the people of Pakistan unite against it.

        October 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  26. lovUSA

    Pakistan's enemy is Pakistan, its people. Why ? They are biggest intolerant society on this earth. Hate is the fuel for them since Pakistan was created. They hate everybody equally, Christians, Hindus' Buddhishts, Jews. We all have been z i 0 n i s t s and K a f i r 's for them since day one of creation of Pakistan.
    Its a gone case and joke in the name of a country. Dangerously it has evolved as a cancer to the world as a terrorist factory.
    Only one solution remains that will fix this problem. It is to flatten the entire ground there with a nuke to make sure not even a single Pakistani remains alive !!!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Sami

      why you mad? try to love your brothers in pakistan. they very gud peeple. BTW did you take bath today? your smell coming over border from india....it stinks !!!

      October 25, 2012 at 2:20 am | Reply
  27. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    This entire Malala episode is blown out of proportion and has given our PLAGIARIST, ISLAMIC SUPPORTER Mr.Zakaria an opportunity to SUGARCOAT ISLAM for GULLIBLE AMERICANS!

    Surely, everyone's sympathies lie with that little girl, who in her own way fought for the right for girl's eduaction.

    Rest of the following talk by Mr.Zakaria is all BALOONEY!

    a) “I will show them the Koran, what Koran says. Koran didn't say that girls are not allowed to go to school"

    What Mr. Zakaria needs to know is that there is hardly anything that we INFIDELS see good in the Holy Koran, be it treatment of their own women, forget the non-believers.

    b) “They've pushed for draconian interpretations of Pakistan's blasphemy law.”
    Draconian interpretations? It's a draconian law, which needs to be confined to the trash can. There are hardly any Pakistanis (NOT even the murdered Governor Taseer) who have ever asked for throwing that damn law out......forget about interpretations.

    c) Her courage in taking on the Taliban has inspired moderate Pakistanis?
    Where are they? Even after the Malala episode 82% of the Pakistanis, and even more shockingly 78% of "SO-CALLED" educated Pakistanis OPPOSE military action against the Taliban.

    Still, Pakistanis want their govt. to go after ONLY the Pakistani Taliban, and NOT the HAQQANI Network or the 1000 other strains who are being CULTIVATED BY THE PAKISTANI STATE TO CREATE TERROR AGAINST THE US, WEST & INDIA!

    So, however hard Mr. Zakaria may try to PROJECT HIS CO-RELIGIONISTS, there is not the slightest chance Americans and his fellow Indians (I mean the KNOWLEDGEABLE ONES) will buy into his SUGARCOATED ISLAMIC SERMONS!

    October 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Kalpana

      Amit ji seems like you still are constipated. try milk of magnesia to clear your thoughts !!!!

      October 25, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • human

      How long you guyz will divide the Mankind in name of religion, region country sub sec in religion.... You do all this for personal gain ....in some country you say to shia that sunni is dominating you ... n make them fight against sunni and in some country you tell shia is dominating you and make them kill sunni.. where all sunni r their you tell they r moderate to fight with extremist etc..
      How long you guys will take to think beyond religion and consider human as human and care for their life...still 21 century will not make you human...just to defame Islam which only preach unity and luv for entire mankind... few vested interest are making this smear campaing on regular basis which is well recorded by all. Do remeber you cannot luv your creator until and unless you luv and respect god creations

      October 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  28. lovUSA

    I wish CNN and other American media would have given same coverage to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens but that news of attack on embassy with 4 killed Americans was kept in low light and was not given any weight age at all by the media.
    Instead they kept and opened a whole column and section for this girl everyday since she was shot.
    This girl case is no more than a PR job for Pakistani govt., ISI, Pakistani army and Pakistani people......
    It is ironic and sad to see how the media can be biased and can give value to the articles which can give them mileage or political gains to their supported parties. Prima facie this all was done to take away the attention from administrations inability to handle and control the situation and the failure to protect US interests in Libya.

    October 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Kalpana

      dont youwish your sisters and daughters and girlfriends were more like Malala the muslim girl ???

      October 25, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
  29. Roger Rosenberg

    The Huk rebellion in the Philippines began to unwind when the huks lost popular support after the murder of the widow of the second President of the Philippines and several children by Huk rebels. Of course, there were other causes for the ultimate failure of the Huks, but this brutal crime cost the popular support critical to a successful guerrilla insurgency. One may hope that the crime committed against Pakistani women and children will detach the Taliban from whatever popular support they had before this awful event.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  30. c s

    Pakistan turn against the Taliban? What a joke. The Taliban is part of the Pakistan government and the Pakistan government is part of the Taliban. Since the Taliban was created by the Pakistan government in order to have power in Afghanistan, the Taliban has been totally supported by the ISI, the Pakistan intelligence agency. This is such common knowledge that it accepted worldwide. So the Taliban decided to shoot a 14 year old girl in the head because she said something that angered the Taliban. Do you really believe that the Pakistan government gives a damn about the girl?

    The Pakistan government is not really a government in the sense that American understand a government. It is just an extension of the Pakistan military and the military only cares about their own power. Read the book "Eating Grass
    The Making of the Pakistani Bomb by Feroz Khan" where the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb states that the people would eat grass if necessary in order to build a nuclear bomb. Nothing has changed in Pakistan.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      Spot on Bro. The culprit is the govt. If the govt does not react to these issues, these will keep happening.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
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