Tuesday’s attack by seven Taliban terrorists on the Army Public School in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, which claimed the lives of 141 children, may have been provoked by the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala Yousafzai.
This is the view of an expert on Islamic militants. Ahmed Rashid, an expert on the Taliban, told the BBC that the insurgents had various reasons to attack the school – one of which was to send a message to Malala’s supporters.
The Taliban has previously warned that Malala had entered into a pact with ‘Western satanic forces’.
A few hours after the attack, Malala led the national condemnation of the attack, saying she was ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘cold-blooded act of terror’.
The massacre was also said to be an act of revenge against the Pakistani army, which has been attempting to suppress the Pakistani Taliban in their north Waziristan tribal homelands over the past few months. Malala, the youngest ever winner of the award, was shot by the Pakistani Taliban in 2012 while on a school bus, as punishment for advocating education for women in Pakistan.
Since then, she has become a global symbol for the fight against the right of women to education.