Malala: We must talk to the Taliban to get peace

 
Malala gives first interview since being shot by the Taliban Malala has given her first in-depth interview since being shot on a bus on her way home from school

Related Stories

A Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education has said talks with the militants are needed for peace.

Malala Yousafzai was attacked by a gunman on a school bus near her former home in Pakistan in October 2012.

The targeting of a schoolgirl who had spoken out for girls' rights to education caused outrage in Pakistan and around the world.

The 16-year-old was treated in the UK and now lives in Birmingham.

She spent months in hospital and required several operations to repair her skull.

In her first in-depth interview since the attack, Malala told the BBC that discussions with the Taliban were needed to achieve peace.

"The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue," she said.

"That's not an issue for me, that's the job of the government... and that's also the job of America."

In July, plans for talks involving the Taliban, the US and the Afghan government were frustrated by a row over the status of the Taliban's newly opened office in Doha, Qatar.

Malala said it was important that the Taliban discussed their demands.

"They must do what they want through dialogue," she said.

"Killing people, torturing people and flogging people… it's totally against Islam. They are misusing the name of Islam."

Malala also described the day of the attack for the first time. She said the street her school bus was travelling on was unusually deserted before the vehicle was flagged down and the gunman opened fire.

"I could see that there was no-one [there] at that time.

"Usually there used to be so many people and boys and they used to be standing in front of shops. But today... it was vacant."

The teenager, who gave a speech to the UN in July, also spoke of her desire to return to Pakistan and enter politics.

"I will be a politician in my future. I want to change the future of my country and I want to make education compulsory," she said.

"I hope that a day will come [when] the people of Pakistan will be free, they will have their rights, there will be peace and every girl and every boy will be going to school."

Panorama: Shot For Going To School, BBC One, Monday, 7 October at 20:30 BST and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

 

More on This Story

Comments

This entry is now closed for comments

Jump to comments pagination
 
  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 212.

    A wonderful girl and great ambassador for Muslims, an asset for Pakistan !

  • rate this
    -16

    Comment number 211.

    Oh my gosh. Whenever Islam can be bashed lets just go for it! The media people who want this are winning, or are they? Despite the negativity Islam is still one of the fasted growing religions. Why? Parhaps those of you who are so negative might actually like to find out about Islam properly. If nothing else, you might gain a little respect. Oh and btw the maj of us are TOTALLY against terrorism.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 210.

    "202. Chris mather
    Anyone who seeks to impose their views on everyone else thereby admits the bankrupcy of their intellect and the fabrications underlying the views they seek to impose."

    A very valid point. Applicable to both atheists and those of a religious persuasion alike.

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 209.

    Nice idea, but impractical. How do you talk to people who want to destroy you?

    The Taliban are Islamic fanatics of the most extreme kind - they do not negotiate. Their mandate for righteous slaughter comes from their god as far as they're concerned, and the idea that we can change their minds is simply ludicrous to both them and us.

    There will be no resolution by any means other than more blood.

  • Comment number 208.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 207.

    What an amazing interview on Radio 4's Today programme this morning with Malala. Truly, she humbles us all.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 206.

    While I can see where Malala is coming from (and I commend her for it), I am afraid that the only "language" we share with the Taliban is that of violence.

    I wouldn't trust the Taliban to uphold any promise made through diplomacy as far as I could throw them. They are monsters who use a religion of peace as an excuse to commit Holocaust-scale mass murder, and must be dealt with through force.

  • Comment number 205.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 204.

    I know, as well as talking to terrorist Malala, why don't we invite burgulars around to our house for tea, and give all murderers a second chance, as they probably didn't mean it the first time.

    Is that silly girl for real?

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 203.

    Very young, very idealistic and brave. I really cannot see the Taliban at any peace talks that involve them giving up a single one of their beliefs. There is a reson we have been fighting this war in Afghanistan for so long, the Taliban want to win.

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 202.

    Anyone who seeks to impose their views on everyone else thereby admits the bankrupcy of their intellect and the fabrications underlying the views they seek to impose.

  • Comment number 201.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 200.

    "186. 1L19
    All religion is poison, forget it, and stop teaching our kids this dogma."

    Atheism is poison, forget it, and stop teaching our kids this dogma.

    Alternatively try actually raising properly thought out points instead of trotting out the same lazy stereotypes.

  • rate this
    -1

    Comment number 199.

    It is so important for students to see the struggles that go on in other places around the world. Many people & students don't realize how easy they have it. They don't witness actions such as the horrific events that take place and when they do study it, they often want to know why?! I believe that Malala is an amazing young woman who can teach people of any age, the true meaning of peace!!

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 198.

    Sorry Malala, but suggesting we should talk to the Taliban rather than trying to destroy them is like trying to appease Hitler; it didn't work then and it won't work now.

    The Taliban are the true Islamists because they see the Q'ran as the literal truth as told to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel - everything they do is commanded by the book!

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 197.

    To all those who denigrate her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and the basis of her tender age & lack of negotiating skills - I think you miss the point. As a symbol of peace, her award of this Prize would send a clear msg of the world's resolve and provide hope & courage to those oppressed by them. This Prize is not merely recognition of acheivement but promotes future peace efforts.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 196.

    She is just 16
    She is just a little girl
    What does she know
    Why should she be considered for a Nobel Prize

    Lets see, she was targeted for murder and shot in the head by fanatic Islamists for advocating peace, equality and education.

    That qualifies her!

    She has done more in her short life than most couch jockey experts who put her down and have done absolutely ZERO for any cause.

  • Comment number 195.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 194.

    184.GazingAtTheStars
    "Perhaps she represents hope & courage & talks more sense that most experts."

    Or perhaps she's just a typical teenager ... thinks she knows everything but sadly knows very little.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 193.

    #187 Chris Mather

    Your cannot be serious? If Obama received a NPP after simply winning the US presidency then why cannot this girl who campaigns for equality and education for her country be considered. Has she launched any wars, drone attacks? Criticise her,criticise those who had a NPP they didnt deserve. Besides it is not for you to decide who the Nobel committee issues its prize to.

 

Page 13 of 23

 

More World stories

RSS

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.