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    Clinton: Pakistan Shooting Shows Challenges Facing Girls

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks the State Department's observance of the first International Day of the Girl, at the State Department in Washington, October 10, 2012.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks the State Department's observance of the first International Day of the Girl, at the State Department in Washington, October 10, 2012.
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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks the State Department's observance of the first International Day of the Girl, at the State Department in Washington, October 10, 2012.
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks the State Department's observance of the first International Day of the Girl, at the State Department in Washington, October 10, 2012.
    Doctors in Pakistan have successfully removed a bullet from a 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for speaking out against the militant group and promoting education for women. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the attack shows how much some young women must overcome to be treated equal.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Malala Yousufzai's shooting shows the hostility against which many women and girls struggle.

    "Yesterday's attack reminds us of the challenges that girls face, whether its poverty or marginalization, or even violence just for speaking out for their basic rights," said Clinton.

    Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck Tuesday while boarding a school bus in the Swat Valley. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for shooting the girl, saying Yousufzai was "pro-West, speaking out against the Taliban, and calling U.S. President Barack Obama her idol."

    Yousufzai is internationally recognized for documenting atrocities committed by the Taliban in the area near her home.

    Clinton said she is a brave child for standing up for the rights of Pakistani girls.

    "She was attacked and shot by extremists who do not want girls to have an education and do not want girls to speak for themselves and do not want girls to become leaders, who are, for a variety of reasons, threatened by that kind of empowerment," said Clinton.

    Clinton spoke at a State Department event marking the first ever International Day of the Girl. She said there are many young women - some whose names will never be known - who struggle against tradition and culture to pursue a life of meaning and purpose in their families and communities.

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    by: Ahmad khan from: islamabad
    October 11, 2012 5:58 AM
    The religious people here what every says we must obey if we don't they kill us. There is only Malala there of thousand of women who are killed every year in the name of Islam. And here the foolish people still sport Taliban, And raise fund to to these people.

    by: Anonymous
    October 10, 2012 6:21 PM
    I hate to say this now, but I must: It was a Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, brainwashed and misguided by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who began recruiting, training, financing and arming the fanatic Jihadis of the whole Islamic world, particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan, to destroy the enlightened secularist forces of the region who were thought to have a soft corner in their hearts for the idea of Socialism. As a matter of fact Tom Pane & Jefferson's America and FDR's New Deal in-the-making were their ideals.

    Of course, all the following Republican as well as Democratic Administrations continued the unholy alliance with Islam -- to kill the 'commies.' I believe that the Western, particularly the Anglo-American Cold War policies concerning the Islamic world are to a great extent responsible for the revival of the dying Jihadi monster of Islam.
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    by: Dr. Malek Towghi (Baluch) from: E.Lansing, MI, USA
    October 11, 2012 12:09 PM
    This "Anonymous" person, cursing Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski. the most responsible for the Islamization of Afghanistan and Talibanization of Pakistan, IS ME, Malek Towghi. I had forgotten to fill in the name etc, boxes. Malek Towghi

    by: Jman
    October 10, 2012 4:39 PM
    Maybe she should have left Obama out of it.

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