A young Pakistani girl famous for her  championing of education for girls was shot in the head in front of her  classmates on her way home from school today.

Malala Yousafzai was sitting a bus ready to  leave the grounds of her school in Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley when a  bearded man entered the bus and shot her and another girl.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have  taken responsibility of for the assassination attempt and told a Pakistani  newspaper that they will target her again if she survives.

The teenager is widely known and  respected  for her work to promote the schooling of girls and denouncing the atrocities  committed by the Taliban.

Miss Yousafzai is in critical but stable  condition and her wounds to her  head and neck are not life threatening, Tariq  Mohammad, a doctor at the  main hospital in Mingora confirmed. The other girl is  also stable.

Malala Yousafzai, 14, was a well known equality activist in Swat, Pakistan
She was shot on a bus full of pupils leaving her school in Mingora
Miss Yousafzai and another victim are both in stable condition

The Taliban organisation who have taken responsibility for the shooting have said they will target her again if she survives

It was Tuesday afternoon when a man  approached the school bus and  asked which one of the girls was Malala, Rasool  Shah, Mingora police  chief said.

Malala was pointed out by a girl near her,  but after the young activist lied about her identity the gunman shot both of  them.

A spokesman for the TTP told Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune that Malala was shot because she was ’secular-minded lady’ and that this should serve as a warning for other  young  people like her.

Speaking from an undisclosed location,  spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that she would not be safe is she survives this  ordeal.

Malala, who won the Pakistani National Youth  Peace Prize last year, and her family has previously  been threatened by the  Talibans for her campaigns.

The attack displayed  the viciousness of  Islamic militants in Swat Valley, an area which has struggled with militant  insurgent influence despite military operations.

A recent court case highlights the issues  facing young women in Pakistan  after the high court ordered a probe into an  alleged barter of seven  girls to settle a blood feud in the Dera Bugti district  of Baluchistan  province

A tribal council  of the prominent Bugi tribe  ordered the barter in early September, the  district deputy commissioner, Saeed  Faisal, told the court. The ages of  the girls have not been confirmed but local  media reported they were  between 4 and 13 years old.

The tradition of families exchanging  unmarried girls to settle feuds is  banned under Pakistani law but still  practiced in the country’s more  conservative, tribal areas.

Source: The Daily Mail



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