Obama, Clinton, UN Chief piously condemn attack on Malala
[Dawn] US President Barack Obama
We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us...
sees the shooting of a 14-year-old Pak girl, Malala Yousufzai, who protested against the Taliban as "barbaric" and has offered air ambulance services, his front man said Wednesday.
The National Peace Award winner and young Pak children's rights activist Malala Yousafzai was attacked by Pak Taliban on Tuesday in Mingora city of Swat.
Malala was shot on her school bus with two friends in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
on Tuesday, then flown to the main northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
to be admitted to a military hospital.
"I know that the president found the news reprehensible and disgusting and tragic," White House front man Jay Carney said, adding that US forces were ready to offer transport and treatment to Malala Yousafzai if appropriate.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as
For a good time at 3 a.m. call Hillary and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as
Another Dean Acheson ...
also condemned the attack.
She said the attack should serve as a call to action for those promoting the rights of women and girls.
Clinton said the shooting of Malala Yousufzai should galvanize support for "brave young women ... who struggle against tradition and culture and even outright hostility, and sometimes violence" to pursue their rights. She blamed the attack on bully boyz who are threatened by girls' empowerment.
Clinton said the "attack reminds us of the challenges that girls face, whether it is poverty or marginalisation or even violence just for speaking out for their basic rights."
Malala had spent Tuesday night in intensive care, where doctors at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) described her condition as critical.
Doctors were to decide whether to fly abroad Malala abroad for further medical treatment, however, Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
confirmed that, according to her doctors, the girl was "out of danger" and the decision to send her abroad had been temporarily postponed.
The Taliban has taken responsibility for Monday's shooting in Pakistain's volatile Swat Valley.
The KP information minister said Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has personally announced that Rs10 million will be paid to those who will help in leading to arrest or identification of the attackers.
UN chief outraged at attack on Malala
UN Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
is expressing outrage and the strongest condemnation over the shooting of Malala Yousufzai.
He declared the attack as a "heinous and cowardly act," UN front man Martin Nesirky said.
Ban urged that the perpetrators be swiftly brought to justice and expressed solidarity with Pakistain's efforts to confront violent extremism, he said.
Nesirky said Wednesday that the secretary-general was deeply moved by Malala's "courageous efforts" to promote education, a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
He said Ban is writing to her family to express his hope for her full and speedy recovery, and expresses sympathy to the two other girls injured in the attack.
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