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By Mirembe Martina

A Taliban commander has apologized to the 16-year-old girl, Malala Yousafzai who was last year shot in the head and left for dead by Taliban militants.

The commander wrote a letter to the Pakistani girl seeking forgiveness and also asking her go back home. Malala was shot by gunmen last year in October when she was leaving school in Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan. She took a bullet to her head and was flown to Britain for treatment. She has since recovered but has not returned to her home country because of continuing Taliban threats towards her.

Taliban Commander Apologizes to Malala YousafzaiThe letter by commander Adnan Rasheed wrote a letter saying he wished he could have told her to “refrain from anti-Taliban activities” to prevent the attack. “My all emotions were brotherly for you because we belong to same Yousafzai tribe,” he wrote in the English-language letter dated July 15 and confirmed as authentic by the Taliban. “When you were attacked it was shocking for me. I wished it would never happened and I had advised you before. At the end I advise you to come back home,” Rasheed wrote.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on Yousafzai in which two of her classmates were also wounded.

Rasheed, a former Pakistan Air Force officer went on to add saying, “Please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl. Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in Swat and your writings were provocative.”