Malala gets letter from a Taliban commander urging her to return home

MalalaMalala Yousafzai, gives her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters.Reuters

A former Pakistan Air Force member-turned Taliban commander has curiously invoked Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus and Lord Buddha in a letter to teen activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by his outfit, asking her to return home and "use" her pen for Islam. Adnan Rasheed, who was sentenced to death for attempting to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf in 2003, wrote the over 2,000-word letter to Malala, days after she said the Taliban attack had not diminished her determination to speak up for the right to education of every child.

"I wish the compassion you learnt from Prophet Muhammad should be learnt by Pakistan Army so they could stop shedding of Muslim blood... I wish, the compassion you learnt from Prophet Jesus should be learnt by the US and NATO... I wish the same for followers of Buddha... and I wish the same for Indian Army to follow Gandhi jee," Rasheed wrote. Malala was returning home from school in Pakistan's north-western Swat district on October 9 last year when gunmen stopped her bus and shot her in the head and the chest.

Surgeons in Pakistan removed the bullet before she was air-lifted to the UK for life-saving treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. According to the text of letter available on Newsweek Pakistan website, Rasheed denied that Malala was shot for seeking education, telling her that she was attacked because "Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smear campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in Swat and your writings were provocative."

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