Malala: We must talk to the Taliban to get peace

Malala gives first interview since being shot by the Taliban Malala has given her first in-depth interview since being shot on a bus on her way home from school

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A Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education has said talks with the militants are needed for peace.

Malala Yousafzai was attacked by a gunman on a school bus near her former home in Pakistan in October 2012.

The targeting of a schoolgirl who had spoken out for girls' rights to education caused outrage in Pakistan and around the world.

The 16-year-old was treated in the UK and now lives in Birmingham.

She spent months in hospital and required several operations to repair her skull.

In her first in-depth interview since the attack, Malala told the BBC that discussions with the Taliban were needed to achieve peace.

"The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue," she said.

"That's not an issue for me, that's the job of the government... and that's also the job of America."

In July, plans for talks involving the Taliban, the US and the Afghan government were frustrated by a row over the status of the Taliban's newly opened office in Doha, Qatar.

Malala said it was important that the Taliban discussed their demands.

"They must do what they want through dialogue," she said.

"Killing people, torturing people and flogging people… it's totally against Islam. They are misusing the name of Islam."

Malala also described the day of the attack for the first time. She said the street her school bus was travelling on was unusually deserted before the vehicle was flagged down and the gunman opened fire.

"I could see that there was no-one [there] at that time.

"Usually there used to be so many people and boys and they used to be standing in front of shops. But today... it was vacant."

The teenager, who gave a speech to the UN in July, also spoke of her desire to return to Pakistan and enter politics.

"I will be a politician in my future. I want to change the future of my country and I want to make education compulsory," she said.

"I hope that a day will come [when] the people of Pakistan will be free, they will have their rights, there will be peace and every girl and every boy will be going to school."

Panorama: Shot For Going To School, BBC One, Monday, 7 October at 20:30 BST and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.


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    Comment number 203.

    Very young, very idealistic and brave. I really cannot see the Taliban at any peace talks that involve them giving up a single one of their beliefs. There is a reson we have been fighting this war in Afghanistan for so long, the Taliban want to win.

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    Comment number 199.

    It is so important for students to see the struggles that go on in other places around the world. Many people & students don't realize how easy they have it. They don't witness actions such as the horrific events that take place and when they do study it, they often want to know why?! I believe that Malala is an amazing young woman who can teach people of any age, the true meaning of peace!!

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    Comment number 167.

    What a truly wonderful young lady, and with such a wise head on her shoulders.

    I heard this morning that she might be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She gets my vote.

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    Comment number 166.

    Of course the Taliban need to be included in whatever conversations that are going on. I don't know who stopped talking to the Taliban? If there was someone, then I can guess they were a politician. It doesn't matter if you are at war with someone you have to keep some sort of conversation going usually through back channels. In this way peace can arrive quite unexpectedly.

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    Comment number 162.

    What a creative idea from a genius. And the whole country never thought about it talking to Talebans. We need these kind of thinkers and philosophers in Pakistan.

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