Sister of alleged attacker apologizes to Malala Yousafzai for attack on her

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 10:50:02 by

In what appeared to be another twist in the already confused saga, the sister of alleged assailant has apologized to Malala Yousafzai for attack on her by her brother, Atta Ullah Khan.

Rehana Haleem while speaking to CNN said, “Please convey a message to Malala that I apologize for what my brother did to her. He has brought shame on our family. We have lost everything after what he did.”

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on her way back from school in Swat Valley on October 09.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai was the symbol of the infidels and obscenity, adding that if she survived, they would target her again.

Police have named Atta Ullah Khan as the prime suspect in connection with the shooting of Malala Yousafzai.

The sister of alleged attacker said Malala was just like her sister, adding that what his brother did was intolerable.

She observed, “I’d like to express my concern for Malala on behalf of my whole family; I hope she recovers soon and returns to a happy and normal life as soon as possible. I hope Malala doesn’t consider me or my family as enemies. I don’t consider Atta Ullah my brother anymore.”

Giving details of the incident, she stated that she along with her husband was taken away by security forces a day after the attack. Due to her sickness, she said she was released after a day or two.

After the couple was released, they returned to the house, where she gave birth to a daughter, she said. Five days later, the army again raided the house, this time taking away only her husband.

She continued her husband, her aged mother, her uncle and another brother remain in custody. She, however, said she had little doubt that her brother was involved in the shooting.

She remarked, “If he was innocent, he would have come back and claimed he was innocent and come to the aid of his mother and our family. His behavior is that of a guilty man. How could he abandon us?”

The sister of alleged made it clear that raising a hand against a woman is dishonorable in their culture, adding that let alone a man who tries to kill a girl.

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