It’s been nearly three years since then-14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by militants while walking home from school in her home country of Pakistan. Today, we learn that of the ten men found guilty of planning and executing the attack on Malala, eight have been acquitted on grounds of insignificant evidence.
Joseph K. Grieboski, CEO of Grieboski Global Strategies, commented,
Where the assault on Malala was clearly a violation of not only her rights but her very dignity, this decision in the anti-terrorism court compounds Malala’s violations into something even more undeniably unspeakable. The outcome of this trial is yet another indication of the ongoing violations of rule of law in Pakistan.
Following the Peshawar school massacre that left at least 132 school children and 9 staff dead, the Pakistani government condemned terrorism in the strongest terms and proposed a multi-faceted plan to eradicate the Taliban from their country. General Raheel Sharif said after the incident:
These terrorists have struck the heart of the nation. But our resolve to tackle this menace has gotten a new lease of life. We will pursue these monsters and their facilitators until they are eliminated for good.
“Taliban militants shot Malaia Yousafzai, unprovoked, in the head, in cold blood, as she walked home from school. She was shot because she was a woman who was walking home from school,” commented GGS’ Managing Consultant for Special Projects, Tracy Lynn Casey. “The Pakistani government acquitted eight of the ten men who plotted and carried out this execution. I only wish that we could do more than condemn this blatant disregard for human rights, women’s rights, and the basic principles of the Rule of Law that are absolutely necessary in every civilized society.”
If the government intends to show that it is serious about cracking down on terrorism post-Peshawar, the acquittal of Malala’s attackers is not very convincing. Allowing eight terrorists implicated in the internationally recognized trial of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yousafzai is unacceptable and sets a terrible precedent for future abuses.