A Pakistani preacher has been jailed after a video emerged of him threatening Malala Yousafzai.
Pakistani authorities have detained a cleric after a video of him threatening Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai over her recent statements regarding marriage went viral on social media.
According to Waseem Sajjad, a local police officer, Mufti Sardar Ali Haqqani was detained in Lakki Marwat, a district in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Wednesday.
In the video, the preacher threatens to carry out a suicide assault on Malala when she returns to Pakistan, purportedly in retaliation for her statements about marriage to British Vogue magazine earlier this month, which he alleges insulted Islam.
Ms. Yousafzai has been residing in the United Kingdom since 2012, when she was shot and critically injured by the Pakistani Taliban. She was only 15 years old at the time, and her advocacy for girls’ education had outraged the Taliban.
“I still don’t understand why people have to get married,” Ms Yousafzai says in the Vogue interview. Why do you have to sign marriage papers if you just want someone in your life? Why can’t it just be a partnership?”
The comments sparked outrage on Pakistani social media and enraged Islamists and clerics like Haqqani. Couples are not allowed to live together outside of marriage under Islamic law.
On Twitter, Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, defended her, saying her comments were taken out of context.
Ms. Yousafzai, who is now 23, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her efforts to rescue children from slavery, extremism, and child labor. In 2018, she paid a brief visit to Pakistan.
She is still quite popular in Pakistan, but Islamists and hardliners have slammed her.
Her 2012 assailant vowed a second attempt on her life in February, writing that “there would be no mistake” the next time. Twitter subsequently permanently suspended the account with the menacing post.
The threat prompted Ms Yousafzai to tweet herself, asking both the Pakistani military and Prime Minister Imran Khan to explain how gunman Ehsanullah Ehsan had escaped from government custody.
Ehsan was arrested in 2017 but escaped in January 2020 from a so-called safe house where he was being held by Pakistan’s intelligence. (This is a short article)