The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai by a Taliban gunman has shocked Pakistan and led to some extraordinary writing in the press on how Islamic radicalism is enabled. On the back foot for years, liberals are getting a new hearing against extremist religious parties, the powerful military, and a populist anti-US politician.
On Saturday, the Pakistani Taliban met to choose a new leader following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a US drone strike. The Pakistani government worried the strike could jeopardize their attempts at peace talks with the Taliban.
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