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Taliban `delighted` Malala missed out on Nobel

MIRAMSHAH, Oct 11: The Pakistani Taliban said on Friday they were `delighted` Malala Yousufzal missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP the 16year-old had done nothing to deserve the Nobel, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.

`We are delighted that she didn`t get it. She did nothing big so it`s good that she didn`t get it,` he said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

`This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular.

Malala won the European Parliament`s Sakharov rights prize on Thursday, which the TTP condemned in similar terms, claiming `her struggle against Islam` was the reason the West was honouring her.