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Pakistan: Malala Yousufzai, 14-year-old activist, shot in school attack in Swat Valley

Malala Yousufzai, a young rights activist, and another girl were shot and injured while leaving school in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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In this picture taken on March 25, 2010, Pakistani girls walk to school in Mingora, the capital of Swat Valley. A year after Pakistan launched a major operation to evict the Taliban from Swat Valley, markets are bustling and girls are back at school, but the root causes of the conflict still fester. For two years the Taliban paralysed much of the valley by promoting a repressive brand of Islamic law, opposing secular girls' education and beheading opponents until the government ordered in thousands of troops. (A.MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old rights activist, was shot in the head Tuesday while leaving school in northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley.

A bullet penetrated Malala's skull but missed her brain, doctors told Agence France-Presse. She is currently in a hospital in Peshawar in critical condition, according to AFP.

The BBC reported that the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Malala has campaigned for girls' education, and was honored for her work in documenting Taliban oppression in the Swat Valley.

According to DawnNews, she received Pakistan's inaugural National Peace Award, and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011.

Malala, under the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary for BBC Urdu about life in the Swat under Taliban control.

Details of the school attack remain unclear. According to the AP, a bearded man approached a van as it prepared to leave the school, and asked which one of the girls was Malala before opening fire, injuring the young activist and another girl.

The BBC reported that gunmen opened fire on the schoolgirls as they prepared to board a van or bus. Reuters said two girls in addition to Malala were injured.

A spokesman for the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, which claimed credit for the attack, spoke to The Express Tribune, warning that they would target Malala again if she survived.

The spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said, "She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol."

He added, "She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas," and said the attack was a warning to all youngsters in the area that they would be targeted if they followed her example.

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Strategic More than 1 year ago
BREAKING NEWS: Attack on School Girl Malala Yousafzai was implanted by Intelligence Agencies (PAK Army Intelligence, US Intelliegnce). : Sources Confirmed Sources: Sincere & peace loving officers working in Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan Army, US and NATO. ‘’’’’’’ Just To minimise the world wide impact of the Anti-drone protest by Imran Khan’s PTI in Waziristan (Tribal Areas). The Attack of Malala Yousafzai has been undertaken by Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan. Importantly this attack has been the part of strategy & seems be the final step for starting another grand & brutal operation in Tribal Belt and other targeted areas of Pakistan. “Malala Yousafzai - A girl projected by US backed NGOs and Pak Army for writing dairies during confict in Swat But actually her father writes all those diaries for her and then she sends them with her own nick name “Gul Makaye” to different organizations). She got a lot of attention and award nationally and internationaly as Peace Ambassader working for child education but all these drama was the part of the strategy of the Pakistan Army Intelligence & US Intelligence.” SOURCES CONFIRMED OF THE ATTACK: Pakistan Army Intelligence Agencies conducted the attacke with the assistance of US Intelligence Agencies (USA & NATO Allied Forces operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan) . FACTORS: The Pakistani Army Chief who visited Malala in the CMH Peshawar and his statement on the occasion which target the Taliban, Militants and others of the Swat regions clearly shows that General Kiyani was aware of all this secret operation to killed or target Malala Yousafzai. Moreover the statement from the US state department and NATO against the Taliban, Militants and others verfied that all this is pre-planted operation. Why they all forget that Intelligence Angencies might done this attacked because they all know that it and ignoring the role of Intelligence agencies and forces operating in Swat. As Swat is nowadays fully controlled by Pakistani Army. She was shot at the head near ear which show that the shooter is a trained professional of Military or Intelligence Agencies. After the accident/attack A news tape have been run on most of the Pakistani NEWS Channels that “Tehreek Taliban Pakistan Takes the Reponsibility of this attack”. Which is all wrong and non-sense just to mislead the Pakistani Nations and Global world. How a Terrorist or Taliban TTP official contact these Pakistani NEWS Channels. ?? Why none of these contacts have been traced by Pakistan Army (General Kiyani) or Interior Ministry (Rahman Malik) and others. ?? Is a phone call or Text from TTP, Taliban or Terrorist militants have been verified or not before broadcast. ?? Here we need not to forget our own Pak Army Intelligence Agencies. May be they are communicating this wrong information on the behalf of TTP. General Kiyani is the Corrupt ever Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army history as he earned a lot while Mr. Musharraf Ex-Army Chief sold the blood of Pakhtun nations and now General Kiyani on the same path of Musharraf. Pakistan Army chief General Kiyani knows and allowed the drone attack in Pakistan as a successor of General Musharraf. General Kiyani is acting silently like a dummy & puppet Army Chief in the hands of US. As he never ordered Pakistan Airforce to down drones. During the Swat Operations Pakistan Army brulaity have been available on YouTube, “brutalities in Swat or brutalities of Pakistan Army” recorded by a Sincere Pak Army official. Shows that Young boys of the same age of Malala Yuosafzai were stand in Line by Army Official and then brutality killed them all like Animals on the direct orders of Gen. Kiyani (Pak Army chief) to the young Army Officers. Rahman Malik - the agent of some UK Military Intelligence. This person in also involved in the murder of Benazir Butto PPP Leader (Rahman Malik was assigned on the instruction of Tony Blair ex-PM UK who were the close ally of President Bush in the war against Terror). The Pakistani Intelligence Agencies confirmed it. It is to be noted that for the last few days there is Hype in the Pakistani Media NEWS Channel (GEO NEWS, ARY NEWS, DUNYA NEWS, SAMAA, EXPRESS NEWS, and others Pakistani NEWS Channels) broadcasting this news & defaming the name of Islam and Pakistan. All these are involved in doing propaganda against Islam and Against Pakistan. Its really pathetic to see the ammature and non-professional news broadcast of the Pakistani News Channels and Government officials while projecting this issue in the wrong way. And forget the actual facts inside it. It seems to be that all these Pakistani NEWS Channels and their Management are puppets in the Hand of Pakistani Army Intelligences Agencies and US Intelligence Agencies.
Stéphane Collado More than 1 year ago
just disgusting