Oct 11 2012
PAKISTAN: Taliban who shot 14-year old peace activist say, “If she survives, we will shoot her again, because she is a secular-minded lady”
A Taliban spokesperson told The Express Tribune that this was a warning for all youngsters who were involved in similar pro-Western activities and added that they will be targeted if they do not stop.
FSM National Award Peace winner Malala Yousafzai was injured along with two other women when Taliban gunmen opened fire on a bus in Swat. Yousufzai, who studies at Khushal Public School, was on her way home when the vehicle came under attack on Haji Baba Road. One of the other injured has been identified as Shazia and sources say the third was a teacher.
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group was behind the shooting. “She was pro-West and she was speaking against Taliban,” Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location. “She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas,” he said, referring the main ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and southern and eastern Afghanistan.
DPO Swat Rasool Shah said that a search operation has been initiated in the area and a number of suspects have been arrested. Malala was shifted to Saidu Sharif Medical Complex in Mingora immediately after the incident and later she was moved to Peshawar in an Army helicopter. Doctors at the Medical Complex said that Malala was out of danger after the bullet penetrated her skull but missed her brain.