By NewsGram Staff Writer
A senior Pakistani security source has confirmed the release of the eight militants who attacked Malala Yousafzai in 2012, as per a report of an English news portal, The Independent.
The source has also mentioned that in order to “avoid a media fuss,” the eight militants were clandestinely released.
In April, there were many reports of 10 Talibani militants being imprisoned for life after the verdict of a Pakistani court. Now, however, the media is blazing with the reports that eight out of the 10 arrested militants have been acquitted and released.
In 2012, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in Swat Valley in Pakistan by a group of Talibani militants because she was campaigning for education for girls.
“The trial had absolutely no credibility. Nobody was there to witness it except the prosecutor, the judge, the army and the accused,” the source was quoted as saying.
The aforementioned source was also quoted saying, “This was a tactic to get the media pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted convictions for the crime. But the truth is that, whether these acquitted men were involved or not in the Malala shooting, the public has been lied to. Ten men are not behind bars for the crime, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie.”
The Police Chief of Swat Valley, Azad Khan and the Pakistan High Commission in London confirmed the conviction of two men and said that the other eight were released due to lack of adequate evidence, according to a report published in The Independent. The High Commission further stated that, “The claims of 10 being imprisoned were due to a misunderstanding and it was misreported at the time.”
Malala Yousafzai, now 17 and currently living in Birmingham, UK, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for her “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”