A young Pakistani girl famous for herÂ championing of education for girls was shot in the head in front of herÂ classmates on her way home from school today.
Malala Yousafzai was sitting a bus ready toÂ leave the grounds of her school in Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley when aÂ bearded man entered the bus and shot her and another girl.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) haveÂ taken responsibility of for the assassination attempt and told a PakistaniÂ newspaper that they will target her again if she survives.
The teenager is widely known andÂ respectedÂ for her work to promote the schooling of girls and denouncing the atrocitiesÂ committed by the Taliban.
Miss Yousafzai is in critical but stableÂ condition and her wounds to herÂ head and neck are not life threatening, TariqÂ Mohammad, a doctor at theÂ main hospital in Mingora confirmed. The other girl isÂ also stable.
It was Tuesday afternoon when a manÂ approached the school bus andÂ asked which one of the girls was Malala, RasoolÂ Shah, Mingora policeÂ chief said.
Malala was pointed out by a girl near her,Â but after the young activist lied about her identity the gunman shot both ofÂ 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 otherÂ youngÂ people like her.
Speaking from an undisclosed location,Â spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that she would not be safe is she survives thisÂ ordeal.
Malala, who won the Pakistani National YouthÂ Peace Prize last year, and her family has previouslyÂ been threatened by theÂ Talibans for her campaigns.
The attack displayedÂ the viciousness ofÂ Islamic militants in Swat Valley, an area which has struggled with militantÂ insurgent influence despite military operations.
A recent court case highlights the issuesÂ facing young women in PakistanÂ after the high court ordered a probe into anÂ alleged barter of sevenÂ girls to settle a blood feud in the Dera Bugti districtÂ of BaluchistanÂ province
A tribal councilÂ of the prominent Bugi tribeÂ ordered the barter in early September, theÂ district deputy commissioner, SaeedÂ Faisal, told the court. The ages ofÂ the girls have not been confirmed but localÂ media reported they wereÂ between 4 and 13 years old.
The tradition of families exchangingÂ unmarried girls to settle feuds isÂ banned under Pakistani law but stillÂ practiced in the country’s moreÂ conservative, tribal areas.
Source: The Daily Mail