Pakistan stands up for Malala

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Manju Shukla
Date  13 Oct.2012
Demonstrations have been held in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore to condemn the recent attack on a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, who was shot in the head by Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants on Tuesday

On October 9, Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck by TTP militants in the town of Mingora for speaking out against the extremists and promoting education for girls and women in the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Civil society activists and students took to the streets of the capital and other cities on Friday to censure the brutal attack on the teenage peace activist and national star.

At mosques, churches, and schools across the country, Pakistanis observed a day of prayers for the speedy recovery of the young activist.

Malala is fighting for her life at the country's top military hospital in the city of Rawalpindi, where she is still on a ventilator. Doctors treating her have said the next 36 to 48 hours are critical.

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Malala and paid tribute to her and her two friends, who were also injured when a gunman boarded their school bus and opened fire.

"It was not a crime against an individual but a crime against humanity and an attack on our national and social values," Ashraf stated and urged Pakistanis to unite to fight against extremism.

Malala was speaking out against extremism and trying to promote education for females in Pashtun areas.

The Pashtun community is the main ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and southern and eastern Afghanistan. Most members of the Afghan Taliban and the TTP come from the society, where there is great opposition to education for females and a very low level of literacy

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