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Pakistani Taliban gloat after Malala misses Nobel

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-11

The Taliban was "delighted" that Malala Yousafzai, the teenager it tried to assassinate last year for supporting girls' education, had not won the Nobel Peace Prize, a spokesman in Pakistan said on Friday.

The Pakistani Taliban said on Friday it was "delighted" that Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist it tried to kill, missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shot Malala in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against it.

After the shooting she was flown to Britain for specialist care and made a remarkable recovery, going on to become a global ambassador for children's rights.

Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP the 16-year-old had done nothing to deserve the Nobel, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.

"We are delighted that she didn't get it. She did nothing big so it's good that she didn't get it," Shahid said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

"This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular."

On Thursday Malala was awarded the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

"Today, we decided to let the world know that our hope for a better future stands in young people like Malala Yousafzai," said the chairman of the conservative European People's Party (EPP), Joseph Daul.

(FRANCE24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2013-10-11

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