Fazlur Rehman doubts Malala attack
06 November, 2012
PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman has cast doubt on the Taliban shooting of child activist Malala Yousufzai, saying he did not believe she was hit in the head.
The teenager narrowly escaped with her life when Taliban shot her on her school bus last month for daring to campaign for the right of girls to go to school. Doctors in Britain, where she is now recovering, say the bullet from the attack grazed her brain and travelled through her head and neck before lodging in her left shoulder.
But the pro-Taliban cleric Fazl dismissed the medical assessment. "Pictures shown on social media have shown the whole character as suspicious because there was no sign of injury after the dressing was removed," he told a rally in northwest Pakistan on Sunday.
"It shows that the bullet did not hit her in the head."
Images released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham showed Malala with much of her head covered with a blue towel. The cold-blooded attempt to murder the youngster shocked the world, but many in Pakistan believe the incident was part of a plot to defame the Taliban and Islam.