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Peace-prize winning Pakistani girl on Taliban hit list fights for life after shooting

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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Peace-prize winning Pakistani girl on Taliban hit list fights for life after shooting

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Soldiers take Malala Yousafzai, 14, to an army hospital after a gunman attacked her and two other girls in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

By Amna Nawaz and Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News

Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for her work promoting peace, and two other young girls were shot and seriously injured Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

Local police and hospital officials told NBC News that Malala was shot in the neck and head shortly after leaving her school in the Swat region. Doctors said they were working in an attempt to save the lives of all three girls.

Malala was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011 for a blog she wrote under a pseudonym for the BBC. She also won the National Peace Prize in Pakistan, was honored with a school named after her, and quickly became an outspoken critic of the Taliban in Pakistan and public advocate for peace.

In the blog, she chronicled life in the Swat Valley under the brutal and oppressive rule of the local faction of the Pakistani Taliban, who carried out public floggings, hung dead bodies in the streets, and banned education for girls.

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In early 2011, the militants had added Malala to their hit list.

"We wanted to kill her as she was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and more important she was calling President Obama as her ideal. She was young but was promoting a Western culture in the Pakhtun populated areas," Ihsanullah Ihsan, the spokesman of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP said Tuesday.

Veronique De Viguerie / Getty Images, file

Malala Yousafzai, pictured here at the age of 12 in March 2009, was undergoing surgery after she was shot twice Tuesday.

The Taliban had made a plan for killing her a year ago but were waiting for an opportunity, he told NBC News.

Yousafzai was initially treated at the Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital, in Mingora, the main city of Swat, but was later airlifted to a hospital in the larger city of Peshawar.

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A police official, quoting other students who witnessed the shooting, said some people came in a car and stopped in front of the school and then asked them to identify Malala.

"Since the students already knew about threats to Malala Yousufzai's life, therefore they said they didn't know her," the police officer said.

Arshad Arbab / EPA

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But he said when Malala came out of the school and sat in a school van she was shot.

The young girl's stark depictions of daily life in Swat -- as Pakistan's army carried out a massive military operation against the Taliban in the area -- led her to become the first Pakistani girl nominated for the children's peace prize.

She began writing the diary for the BBC when she was just 11.

In one posting on her BBC blog, she wrote, "My younger brother does not like going to school. He cries while going to school and is jubilant coming back home ... He said that whenever he saw someone he got scared that he might be kidnapped. My brother often prays 'O God bring peace to Swat and if not then bring either the US or China here.'"

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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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Those taliban dudes are some vile mother f*ckers.

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

How in the heck do you put a little girl on a hit list???

rfurlongg
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM
There is never an excuse for hurting a child. Ever. The Taliban is despicable. I have often tried to understand the world through the Talibans eyes. I have failed miserably.

That girl is amazing. This world is truly better for having her in it. I hope she recovers fully and comes back stronger. I hope her parents are brimming with pride, even if it is subdued with fear.
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM


Quoting tooptimistic:

How in the heck do you put a little girl on a hit list???

For real. Whats messed up is that you know they had a meeting about it and decided it was a good course of action. Multiple people sat around and decided to kill a child.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

 They are cowards of the worst sort for attacking children because they believe differently from them!

abbie.alder
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Good for her for doing something about her situation. I hope she and the other girls both make it. She is a very good example of what our troops are fighting for.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM


Quoting tooptimistic:

"My younger brother does not like going to school. He cries while going to school and is jubilant coming back home ... He said that whenever he saw someone he got scared that he might be kidnapped. My brother often prays 'O God bring peace to Swat and if not then bring either the US or China here.'"


Thinking about my own young school-ager, ^^this^^ is beyond disturbing to me. My child and i sing a pop song at the top of our lungs on the way to school while this little dude waits to be kidnapped and tortured.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I'm completey disgusted by The Taliban and their actions.... to target children... shame on them! 

I hope these girls pull through :(

thecoffeefairy
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM
I agree! What a beautiful, brave young lady.


Quoting rfurlongg:

There is never an excuse for hurting a child. Ever. The Taliban is despicable. I have often tried to understand the world through the Talibans eyes. I have failed miserably.

That girl is amazing. This world is truly better for having her in it. I hope she recovers fully and comes back stronger. I hope her parents are brimming with pride, even if it is subdued with fear.

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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

 And people don't understand why I sometimes wish for glass parking lots.

What a brave brave little girl!  The Taliban is despicable and it is uncosciounable they would do this to a CHILD...a CHILD.  I could think of very bad ends for each of them that voted to put her on the hit list.

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