'Uninformed' UK lawmaker retracts 'Pak govt behind Malala attack' remark

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 03, 2012 10:20 hrs

British parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed has retracted his comments suggesting that the attack on teenage women education activist Malala Yousafzai could have been part of a plot to discredit the Taliban in Pakistan, saying he was 'uninformed' about the incident.

Nazir, who was temporarily suspended by the Labour Party in April, said that he had made his comments before facts, regarding the attack, were clear.

"On this particular day, I had no idea what happened. Three or four days later when the facts were clear I made a speech at the Pakistan Press Club condemning the Taliban," the Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.

"If I said that, that's what I said, although I never mentioned the government of Pakistan... This is not a British matter, it's a Pakistani matter, she is a Pakistani girl," he added.

The Daily Telegraph recently obtained a video of a meeting in London that took place the day after the attack on Malala, which showed Nazir suggested that the 15-year-old peace activist might have been shot to provide an excuse for launching a military operation in North Waziristan.

"I don't know why it happened and one reason could possibly be there's an operation in Waziristan [which] may possibly be on the cards or some other sort of action," he said in the video.

"It could have also been to build and increase public opinion and support in favour of a Waziristan operation and God forbid, she could have been caught as a tool in that conspiracy," he had added. (ANI)

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