Pak teen's attackers identified: minister
[Bangla Daily Star] Pakistain has identified the attackers on Malala Yousufzai, a child peace campaigner who was shot by the Taliban on Tuesday, its 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.
"We know when the forces of Evil had entered Swat," The Dawn quoted Malik, as saying. He, however, avoided disclosing names of the attackers.
Malala was shot and seriously injured in the country's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province on Tuesday when she was returning from home from school. Taliban grabbed credit for the attack that has sparked outrage across the world.
She was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment yesterday and still is in a critical condition, officials said.
The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the 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...
valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pak authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers.
Two of her friends were also injured in the attack, carried out as retribution for Malala's campaign for the right to an education during a two-year Taliban insurgency in Swat that the army claimed to have crushed in 2009.
But as she spent a second day in intensive care questions are mounting about how the attack could have happened in the first place and how the perpetrators simply walked away in an area with a police and army presence.
"Now she needs post surgery care. The doctors recommended that AFIC (Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology) has better facilities for post-surgery care," military front man Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa told AFP.
Another official later confirmed she had arrived by helicopter in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital Islamabad and the headquarters of the Pakistain army.
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