In a letter to Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Taliban leader Adnan Rasheed said he wished he could have prevented the October attack that landed her in a hospital in Britain last year. He urged her to return to Pakistan and to school there.
A Taliban commander has written to Pakistani girl activist Malala Yousafzai, saying he regretted her shooting last year by militants and urging her to come home.
Yousafzai, now 16, was shot at close range by Taliban gunmen in October as she left school in Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan. She was flown to Britain for treatment and has not returned since due to persistent Taliban threats against her.
On July 12, she addressed the world in an electrifying speech at the United Nations in which she said the pen was mightier than the sword.
In a fiery, densely written letter packed with references to philosophers and politicians, commander Adnan Rasheed said 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.