Pakistan erupts in pious anger as teenage activist fights for life
[France24] Paks held protests and public prayers for 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai on Wednesday as doctors scrambled to save the teenage activist who was shot and seriously maimed by Taliban gunnies in the country's northwest.
Yousufzai, a schoolgirl who rose to prominence in 2009 when she spoke out against Islamist Islamic fascisti who had temporarily closed down her school, was shot in the head and neck by gunnies on Tuesday when she was leaving school in the restive 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...
Doctors succeeded in removing the bullet that had lodged near her spine early on Wednesday, Rezaul Hasan from the Press Trust of India told FRANCE24, adding that the teenager remained at death's door.
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.
has ordered military and medical staff to transfer Yousufzai out of the country whenever it is deemed possible, The Pakistain News Service reported.
A medically equipped aircraft was put on standby at 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.
airport, ready to airlift the injured girl to Dubai.
Yousufzai was being kept unconscious by medical staff.
A front man for the Taliban told the BBC on Tuesday that the 14-year-old would not be spared if she survived Tuesday's attack.
Prayers and protests
Prayers for Yousufzai's recovery and anti-Taliban protests were held in Mingora -- the Swat valley's main city and the activist girl's hometown -- as well as in the capital, Islamabad, and the eastern city of Lahore.
Pakistain's lower house of parliament on Wednesday suspended normal proceedings to condemn the attack and pray for Yousufzai.
"Malala Yousafzai is a role model for all Pakistain and we should stand united to fight the elements that attacked the 14-year-old girl," said Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.
Schools closed across Swat in protest over the attack, which also maimed two other girls.
The powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
visited Malala on Wednesday and said it was time to "further unite and stand up to fight the propagators of such barbaric mindset and their sympathizers."
"We wish to bring home a simple message: We refuse to bow before terror. We will fight, regardless of the cost, we will prevail God willing," he said.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as
The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as
Another Bainbridge Colby ...
also condemned the shooting on Wednesday, saying the tragedy should rally support for "brave young women (...) who struggle against tradition and culture and even outright hostility, and sometimes violence."
Uncertain future for Swat
Pak officials in Yousufzai's hometown have offered a 10 million rupee ($104,000) reward for information leading to the capture of her attackers, who escaped after the shooting.
Yousufzai won plaudits at home and abroad for speaking out against the Pak Taliban at a time when Islamabad seemed to be appeasing the Islamist thugs.
After an initially successful offensive in the Swat valley in 2009, the Taliban closed down many schools for girls, including Yousufzai's, and burned down others.
At that time a documentary team filmed a weeping Yousufzai, who later launched a blog denouncing the Taliban on the BBC's Urdu website.
Pakistain's army eventually retook control of Swat later that year, and Yousufzai went on to receive the country's highest civilian award. She was also nominated for an international children's peace award.
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