Malala Yousafzai, the teenaged girl attacked by the Taliban for speaking out against their cruelty, has had her tracheotomy removed and was able to speak with her father. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, in an interview broadcast by Pakistani state television, has said when her treatment is complete that she would be returning to her home in Pakistan. Obviously, this has generated a lot of concern for Malala’s future well-being, as the Taliban have sworn to finish the job. The initial attack involved three Taliban militants that were posing as police officers and forced her protective vehicle to stop. They then shot her in the head at point-blank range. Her father saidin the interview:
I first laughed at it because all of our sacrifices… cannot have such a cheap purpose that we would go to some other country and live the rest of our life there.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister has vowed to protect Malala and her family when she returns to her country. On a phone call with her father, she’s asked to have her books sent to her, quite possibly the biggest “eff you, Taliban” I can really think of, considering. She’s being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. Along with being able to speak, she’s also able to stand with assistance and write. Malala is currently alone in the hospital, but her father is expected to be flying out to England to be with his daughter. The United Arab Emriates has said that they will be picking up the tab for her treatment. Question: Should the Yousafzais return to Pakistan, or should they GTFO?