Speculations are high on whether Pakistani Malala Yousafzai- the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize since its founding in 1901- would consider receiving the news of the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US drone strike in Afghanistan on Thursday night, as a gift on Eid al-Fitr, as this man was behind her attempted assassination six years ago.
Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, 44, was killed with five other militants when missiles slammed into the car they were driving, hours before Afghanistan’s Taliban began a three-day cease fire.
Fazlullah, who was famous for his nickname “Mullah Radio” for the abundance of broadcasted violent extremist speeches on Voice of Valley radio in Pakistan, is known for extremism and imposing of Sharia by force there.
In 2014, he ordered an attack that killed 132 students at an army-run school in Pakistan’s Peshawar.
Malala was 15 years old when Fazlullah ordered her assassination when she was on a bus and was stopped by Taliban militants and called by her name, then with a gun directed to her face she was hit by three bullets, shattering her forehead. She stayed in a coma for a week before being trnsfered to the UK for intense treatment and rehabilitation.
Three days following this brutal attack, 50 Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa (religious edict) denouncing the actions of those who ordered her killing due to her school education, while the Taliban continued to threaten her father for putting his daughter in school.