Given that the Taliban is in the midst of what they claim is a ‘holy war’ against both the US and their own government, it may seem baffling that they would continue to spend time threatening teenage girls.
Two weeks after they shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in the head (along with two of her classmates) the Pakistani Taliban has threatened to do the same to another schoolgirl and vocal advocate of girl’s education, Hina Khan.
Hina had the terrifying experience of coming home to find a big red ‘X’ painted on her front door. Her family scrubbed it off only for it to reappear the next day. Her mother also received a phone call warning that, “Hina will be the next Malala.”
Just days after Malala’s shooting, the Taliban tried to blame the teenager for her own attack, claiming, “We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahideen (holy warriors) and their war.”
This is a poor smokescreen for their real motivations. The Taliban is determined to silence girls like Malala and Hina because they are well aware that it is not the might of the US military that will be their undoing.
It’s educated women and girls.