Hina Rabban Khar terms attack on Malala a wake-up call for Pakistan

Friday, October 12th, 2012 12:23:30 by

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that the attack on teenage peace activist Malala Yousufzai could possibly be a turning point for Pakistan, declaring it as a wakeup call for the country.

She noted, “Today, for us, it could be possibly a turning point. I would keep my fingers crossed on that.  And what we have in front of us is a war between two different sets of futures, one that Malala Yousafzai represents, a bright, young, dynamic girl who fought for her right to education and the right to live as a normal citizen.”

While interviewing to CNN she further said that it was a wakeup call for not only for the people of Pakistan but to people all over the world.

She explained, “We have a clear and present danger in terms of people who choose to use violence as a means to follow whatever their agenda and to what extent they would go.”

She added that the latest attack has managed to clear the fog of war about the Taliban and presented the two clear options for the public whether to clear support the little girl or back the militants.

“Malala has put it as a black and white question. She has put it as either you are with the future that she represents or the future they [Taliban] are trying to impose”, she added.

Expressing confidence in the way people had rejected the Taliban’s justification for the attack and that barring the issue of drones which split the society; she said that the people were unequivocal in fighting the militant mindset.

In her view, this mindset was a challenge for the country’s future and they will have to fight with all our will and we endanger ourselves more if we don’t fight it today.

Raising the issue of safe heaven across the border in Afghanistan, Khar said that for the past two years, Pakistan has been urging both the Afghan Government and the ISAF forces to take this matter seriously.

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