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'Anti-Taliban outburst, a silver lining'
 


October 14, 2012 - Updated 311 PKT
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WASHINGTON: The spokesperson for the US Department of State, Victoria Nuland, has said the outpouring of nation-wide sentiment in Pakistan against the Taliban following its attack on Malala Yousafzai is a "silver lining" from this horrible tragedy.

 

She was asked during the briefing on Friday whether the condemnation by cross-sections of Pakistani society of the Taliban and militancy after the attack on Malala in Swat could be termed a turning point in the fight against extremism in the country, she said this was indeed the silver lining in the tragic incident.

 

She said that it would help the Pakistani government in going after the extremists with popular support, “obviously.”

 

“We have seen in the past in Pakistan when the Taliban commit truly heinous and outrageous acts like this, it galvanises popular opinion against them not only in cities, but also in those towns and neighborhoods where they plot and hide,” she recalled while referring to other terrorist activities in Pakistan during the last few years.

Ms Nuland said that they were yet to hear from the Pakistani government about the US offer of treatment facilities for Malala Yousafzai. “We are obviously in contact with the government of Pakistan about what might be needed but I don’t have anything to announce at this stage,” she pointed out.

 

The spokesperson refused to answer a question about Imran Khan’s drive against drone attacks in Pakistan and his announcement to take it to the next level in the US. “We respect the right of peaceful protests, but I am not going to comment at all on intelligence matters,” she remarked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
i strongly condemn the attack on one of the daughters of nation, but I also condemn the murders of innocent civilians killed everyday either in bomb attacks or drone strikes. Why is there so much hue and cry by the media just for one girl when other thousands have also been maimed and killed or under illegal custody either here or aboad. Just dont blow things out of proportion.

Farhan
Australia
100% agree with Javed from Pakistan.

imran
USA
According to Newton's Laws of Motion, every action has an equal and opposit reaction. If you want to contraol reaction, you have to end action first. This War which is being faught on the globe is an effort to control the reaction.

haroon
Pakistan
Well it's about F-ing time...maybe YOU could do something to stop them instead of just taking our money and playing dumb...

Harry Kuheim
USA
Yet the US cannot wait to destroy antipathy towards the Taliban by launching another drone strike that kills one "suspected militant" and nine civilians.

Gongooli
India
Saying that a 14 year old girl getting shot twice in the head is a good thing is the most despicable thing any politician has ever said. Shame on you Victoria

bill ball
USA
WELL IT IS NOT ABOUT PAKISTAN OR TALIBAN IT IS ABOUT ISLAM WHICH PROHIBITS SUCH ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN, THE WEST SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NOT SILVER LINING, BUT THE PEOPLE ARE REACTING IN THE RIGHT WAY WHO UNDERTAND AND FOLLOW iSLAM IN THE RIGHT WAY NOBODY SHOULD BE BENEFITED BY THIS INCIDENT, IF WEST THINKS THIS IS GOOD THEN THEY ARE ONLY CONCERNED PUTTING PAKISTAN AGAINST TALIBAN BUT NO REGARD TO THE GIRL WHO GOT INJURED IN THIS INCIDENT.

JAMES KHAN
USA
God Bless Malala. May God heal her completely, increase the grace and strength of her spirit, and allow her to ascend to a place of supreme influence for good in the world.

Average Joe
USA
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