“I am very upset and shocked by this, and I will continue to be,” his father, Abdullah Yousafazi, told ESPN.
“I think she was a victim of an unjust law, but this is not a law that can be brought into law.”
Malala was shot to death in Pakistan in November by a man who called himself Umar Farooq and claimed to be the leader of the Taliban, according to local reports.
The US and Pakistan say the incident is being investigated as a “false flag” attack.
The case has become a flashpoint for the Pakistani public after the killing in October of Malala’s 16-year-old cousin, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head with a pellet gun.
The girl’s death prompted an outpouring of support for her cause from around the world, but the US and the Pakistani governments have been deeply divided over the incident, with Washington calling it a “tragic” attack that could have been prevented.
“I’m not surprised by what happened,” Abdullah Youafazi told ESPN, noting that his daughter was already a young woman and had just turned 16.
“She was an intelligent and well-rounded young lady.
She didn’t deserve this.
I don’t want to be a father to her.
I am not surprised that she was shot. “
But I am very sad.
I am not surprised that she was shot.
It’s very sad and very wrong.
I’m not saying this to make the world feel good or for anyone to say something good about Malala.”