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"They've gone too far:" fury after Taliban shoot girl
Worldwide condemnation has followed the shooting of Malala Yousafzai.
- Mahvish Ahmed
- October 11, 2012
The girl, Malala Yousafzai, is a children's rights activist who blogged about life under the Taliban also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) when it occupied her home district of Swat in 2009. She is known for her media appearances bringing attention to atrocities carried out by the militant group.
The shooting prompted widespread outrage against the Pakistani Taliban and Islamist militancy among ordinary Pakistanis â€“ and some hope that the strong reaction would prompt some type of change. Though officials have offered a 10 million rupee ($105,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the girl's assailants, human rights activists, however, remain skeptical.
â€śThis is not the first time that extremist militant groups have carried out atrocities. I am pleased to see the strong reaction, but fear that little will change,â€ť says I. A. Rehman, the Secretary-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
A TTP gunman sought out Malala on a school bus on Tuesday and shot her twice. Two other girls sustained injuries, and one was in critical condition on Wednesday. Malala is now â€śout of danger,â€ť according to surgeons who have successfully removed both bullets.
But Ehsanullah Ehsan, the TTP Spokesman who claimed responsibility for the shooting, says that the militant group would attack her again if she survives.
â€śShe was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol,â€ť he said in a statement. â€śShe was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas.â€ť Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, have been on a TTP hit list since 2011.
Politicians from across the political divide reacted strongly and immediately to the TTP attack on Twitter.
â€śThe attack on Malala Yousaf Zai is deplorable, and I strongly condemn this act. I hope that she will recover soon inshaALLAH,â€ť wrote Syed Munawwar Hassan, the leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party in a tweet.
â€śMalala is the daughter of our nation and if she is not safe then no child is safe in this country,â€ť said the Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in a speech before the Senate earlier today.
Cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan, who recently led a march against drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas, has also condemned the shooting, calling it a â€ścowardly attackâ€ť by â€śbrutal terrorists.â€ť He has offered to take on all expenses for any medical treatment or travel that Malala or her family require.
Full Story:Â Taliban shooting of 14-year old sparks outrage in Pakistan
Source: Christian Science Monitor