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Taliban shoot Pakastani Girl Activist

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Doctors remove bullet from Pakistani girl activist

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani doctors successfully removed a bullet Wednesday from the neck of a 14-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, a government minister said.

A team of army and civilian surgeons have been treating Malala Yousufzai in a military hospital in Peshawar where she was airlifted after the Tuesday shooting in her hometown of Mingora in the country's volatile Swat Valley.

The operation to remove the bullet took hours because there were complications, said the information minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

"She is improving. But she is still unconscious," he said. "I can't say a final word about her condition. A board of doctors is constantly examining her condition."

Hussain said there was no decision yet whether the girl needed to be taken abroad for further treatment.

Malala is admired across Pakistan for exposing the Taliban's atrocities and advocating for girls' education in the face of religious extremism. On Tuesday, a Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school and shot her in the head and neck. Another girl on the bus was also wounded.

The country's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, visited the hospital to get a first-hand account of her condition, the military said in a statement.

"In attacking Malala, the terrorist have failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope who vindicates the great sacrifices that the people of Swat and the nation gave, for wresting the valley from the scourge of terrorism," Kayani said in the statement.

He also vowed that the military would not bow to terrorists like those who shot the young activist.

"We will fight, regardless of the cost we will prevail," he said.

The strongly-worded statement was extremely rare for the reticent Kayani and a sign of how strongly Malala's shooting has affected Pakistanis across the religious, political and ethnic spectrum.

Malala began writing a blog when she was just 11 under the pseudonym Gul Makai for the BBC about life under the Taliban, and began speaking out publicly in 2009 about the need for girls' education. The Taliban strongly opposes education for women, and the group has claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack.

Private schools in the Swat Valley were closed Wednesday in a sign of protest over the shooting and in solidarity with Malala, said Ahmed Shah, the chairman of an association of private schools.

At one time the picturesque Swat Valley — nicknamed the Switzerland of Pakistan — was a popular tourist destination for Pakistanis. Honeymooners vacationed along the river running through the valley.

Then the Taliban in 2007 began infiltrating the valley just 280 kilometers (175 miles) from the capital, eventually assuming near-total control of the region before being ejected in a massive Pakistani military operation.

The takeover, as well as the Taliban's brutal treatment of civilians in the region, shocked many Pakistanis, who considered militancy to be a far-away problem in Afghanistan or Pakistan's rugged tribal regions.

But Tuesday's attacked demonstrated that the Taliban have not been eradicated from the valley and are trying to make their presence felt even three years after the offensive to oust them.

Malala was nominated last year for the International Children's Peace Prize, which is organized by the Dutch organization KidsRights to highlight the work of children around the world. She also was honored last year with one of Pakistan's highest awards for civilians for her bravery.

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Associated Press writer Sherid Zada in Mingora contributed to this report.

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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Mommy2BeAmy
by Silver Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM
Quoting KenneMaw:

It takes a real man to shoot a child.   maybe that will earn them a few more virgins once they reach teh promised land.  


thoughts and prayers for that brave girl and her family.



Excuse me?
Mommy2BeAmy
by Silver Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM
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Pakistan is most corrupted country in the world. Taliban is all government controlled don't kid yourself. I love it there, enjoyed staying there and will go back next summer to visit family but really it's SICKENING to see how that government operates.
muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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That poor little girl. So brave.

Insha'Allah she will recover without any difficulties. 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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If only she could be removed and taken some where safe.

I can't imagine living my life in fear like it seems many people do.  

She is indeed a brave, young, woman.

These people are satan walking right here on earth.  

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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WHat a horrible and chicken shit act.
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thanush
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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What a horrible thing to do. I hope that brave little girl recover and fight back those shameless inhumane pigs
Venae
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM
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Quoting mikiemom:

the christian right has more in common with the taliban than they realize.

I hope the girl recovers and is able to continue her fight. We should all do what we can to support this cause across the globe - hint hint, Our part here entails standing up to men in politics who think they have the right to dictate what happens with a woman's body and dictate their version of morality on young women of this country.

Yes, we Christians execute little girls who dare go to school.

News for you, honey - those pigs are the ones dictating what happens w/a woman's body - her brain - it's not to be filled w/knowledge.  The rest of her - covered head to toe so the little whore doesn't tempt us.

Making sure we can continue to kill our babies is certainly equivalent to this brave girl simply wanting to go to school - she is braver than you will ever be.

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Bump!
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

?? what are you talking about, I've never killed a baby - what the fuck is wrong with you? The christian right is not going to get as bad as the taliban because women like me will stand up for our rights. We will continue to refuse to allow rightwingnuts to dictates our lives.

Quoting Venae:

 

Quoting mikiemom:

the christian right has more in common with the taliban than they realize.

I hope the girl recovers and is able to continue her fight. We should all do what we can to support this cause across the globe - hint hint, Our part here entails standing up to men in politics who think they have the right to dictate what happens with a woman's body and dictate their version of morality on young women of this country.

Yes, we Christians execute little girls who dare go to school.

News for you, honey - those pigs are the ones dictating what happens w/a woman's body - her brain - it's not to be filled w/knowledge.  The rest of her - covered head to toe so the little whore doesn't tempt us.

Making sure we can continue to kill our babies is certainly equivalent to this brave girl simply wanting to go to school - she is braver than you will ever be.


TB78
by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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I saw that on NBC nightly news and that is one way to show a lot of Americans how lucky we are to live in America because at least we have more rights that we take for granted and I am praying that she will fully recover and get her voice back!

Btw when I read that some on here have claimed that the Taliban and Christianity are the same I was appalled because there are Christians on here that are more lenient than All of Taliban put together in regards to the LGBT organization, towards other people in this country who practice other religious views, and race of the American people whereas the Taliban believe that Their Way is the ONLY WAY! Not All of the Christians believe in that: Their Way Is The Only Way and I am one of those Christians.
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