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Pakistan prays for Malala Yousafzai (PHOTOS)

Pakistani rights activists protested against the attack on Malala Yousafzai, and hundreds prayed for her recovery.

Pakistan prays for Malala Yousafzai (PHOTOS)

People in Pakistan observed a day of prayer for Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old rights activist who wrote about life in the Swat Valley under the Taliban.

Malala, who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, remains in critical condition. She has become a powerful symbol and rallying point for rights activists, and the incident has prompted outrage and protests across Pakistan.

The BBC said school children on Friday dedicated their prayers to her recovery, and she was also remembered in weekly prayers at mosques around the country.

Rallies were held in Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan and Malala's hometown of Mingora, in support of Malala.