Malala Gunmen Secretly Set Free in Pakistan

Is this the kind of justice we can expect from Pakistan?

For those who know me, they know my favorite TV show is The West Wing. Something about the quote that follows reminds me of the kind of injustice that we see here: “Outraged? I’m barely surprised. This is a country where women aren’t allowed to drive a car. They’re not allowed to be in the company of any man other than a close relative, they’re required to adhere to a dress code that would make the Maryknoll Nun look like Malibu Barbie. They beheaded 121 people last year for robbery, rape, and drug trafficking, they’ve no free press, no elected government, no political parties, and the royal family allows the religious police to travel in groups of six, carrying nightsticks and they freely and publicly beat women. But “Brutus is an honorable man.” Seventeen schoolgirls were forced to burn alive because they weren’t wearing the proper clothing. Am I outraged? No, Steve. No Chris. No, Mark. That is Saudi Arabia, our partners in peace. Bonnie, then Scott.”


News reports in April indicated that 10 men had been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in connection with the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012. But now, it seems eight of those men were actually acquitted.

Several Pakistani officials confirmed to the BBC that only two men had been sentenced, with one blaming misreporting for the confusion. But one public prosecutor had specifically told the Associated Press after the trial (which was held in secret), “It is life in prison for the 10 militants who were tried by an anti-terrorist court.”

The discrepancy emerged when reporters tried to locate all 10 men; the whereabouts of the eight who were acquitted are now unknown.

Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban at age 15 after becoming an advocate for girls’ education. She and her family now live in the U.K. to escape death threats in their native Pakistan. She…

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