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Braveheart Malala Airlifted To Rawalpindi; Gathers Widespread Support

OCTOBER 25, 2012

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Pakistan child activist still critical, airlifted to top military hospital



Malala Yousufzai, the teenage braveheart, who is still critical after the Taliban attack, has been airlifted to a top army hospital in Rawalpindi for better medical care. She was shifted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) on doctors' advice as it had better post-surgical facilities.


Though she is improving, her condition continues to be serious. The provincial Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has offered a reward of one crore Pakistani rupees for information on Malala's attackers.


Meanwhile, there were demonstrations and candlelight vigils in Lahore and other cities against the Taliban's cowardly act of attacking Malala, who had spoken out for girls’ rights when the Swat Valley was controlled by the Taliban in 2008.  The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Malala was targeted for her "pro-West" views and for backing a secular government in Swat, from where the army had flushed out the militants in 2009.






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