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Pakistan Taliban criticises Nobel for Malala

Supporters of Pakistan People's Party cut a cake to celebrate Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who survived the Taliban's attack, at a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday  

A breakaway faction of Pakistan Taliban, whose militants had pumped bullets into her head two years ago, has criticised the choice of Malala Yousafzai for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, calling her “an agent of non-believers”.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which had separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in August, posted on Twitter last night that Malala was being used by non-believers for propaganda.

“Malala speaks so much against guns and armed conflicts. Does she not know that the founder of her recent Nobel award was the inventor of explosives,” tweeted militant outfit spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is controlled by Omar Khalid Khurasani, who has been involved in several attacks.

Malala was declared joint winner of the Nobel Prize on Friday with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights activist. (Meanwhile, Mr. Satyarthi told a TV channel that he was “nobody” to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the awards ceremony.)

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