Media News - Friday, October 12, 2012
The family of the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban say the assassination attempt will not force them to flee Pakistan or silence their daughter’s criticism of extremists. Malala Yousafzai remains in a critical condition after being singled out by gunmen on her way home from school on Tuesday. Her courage in writing a blog about life under the Pakistan Taliban when they controlled the Swat Valley has turned her into a national heroine in a country where few are brave enough to challenge extremism. Malala won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with an anonymous blog for the BBC three years ago, when the Islamist militants led by the radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah burned girls’ schools and terrorised the valley. Gunmen flagged down her school bus on Tuesday and opened fire after asking for her by name. Two other girls were injured. A spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban tried to justify the attack, accusing Malala of embarking on a secular, pro-Western campaign at odds with the values of the local Pashtun population. (The Montreal Gazette via The Daily Telegraph)
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