Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, shot in the head by the Taliban for championing girls’ rights to education has said talks with the militants are needed for peace.
In her first in-depth interview since the attack, Malala told the BBC that discussions with the Taliban were needed to achieve peace.
“The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue,” she said.
“That’s not an issue for me, that’s the job of the government… and that’s also the job of America.”
In July, plans for talks involving the Taliban, the US and the Afghan government were frustrated by a row over the status of the Taliban’s newly opened office in Doha, Qatar.
Malala said it was important that the Taliban discussed their demands.
“They must do what they want through dialogue,” she said.
“Killing people, torturing people and flogging people… it’s totally against Islam. They are misusing the name of Islam.”