As a female doctor from Pakistan, I am disgusted by the attempted assassination of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai [“The Taliban’s terror,” editorial, Oct. 11].

To me, the attack on this Pakistani girl was actually directed at the legacy of the prophet Muhammad, who declared, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman,” and added, “Seek knowledge even if you have to go to China.”

Ayesha, the prophet’s wife, was a learned woman who imparted knowledge to men and women.

It is time for the Taliban to accept this fact: Its cowardly atrocities against women are more blasphemous to the life and persona of Muhammad than is any video or cartoon.

Aasilah Loan, Baltimore