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Pakistani Girl Taliban Targeted in 'Satisfactory' Condition

An activist from non-governmental organization Insani Haqooq Ittihad holds a picture of Malala Yousufzai during a demonstration in Islamabad, October 10, 2012.
An activist from non-governmental organization Insani Haqooq Ittihad holds a picture of Malala Yousufzai during a demonstration in Islamabad, October 10, 2012.
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A Pakistani military spokesman say the 14-year-old schoolgirl who was shot this week by the Taliban is in "satisfactory" condition.

Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said Friday the next few days will be critical in the recovery of Malala Yousafzai who remains unconscious and on a ventilator.

She was shot in the head and neck Tuesday as she left school in the northwestern Swat Valley.  The Taliban said the child was targeted for being pro-West.

Yousafzai was airlifted from a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, the country's top military hospital in Rawalpindi.  Doctors have said Yousafzai has a 70 percent chance of surviving.
Pakistani officials say Yousufzai's attackers have been identified and a $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to their arrest.  The attack has drawn domestic and international condemnation.

Yousufzai is internationally recognized for documenting Taliban atrocities in the area near her home.  She wrote under a pseudonym - Gul Makai - in a blog published by the BBC.

In her blog, Yousufzai described life under the Taliban in 2008 and 2009, when militants carried out beheadings and other violence in the territory they controlled - large areas of the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

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by: Larry Cooper
October 12, 2012 10:15 AM
Okay, here is a thought to achieve some justice with these idiots. If found guilty, they should be sentenced to a sex change. Make them feel the helplessness they require women and children in their culture to feel. The whole works! Change them completely over, hormones and all. Put a dress on them and release them in the middle of a Taliban camp. Let them feel what it is like to be considered less than human for once. Then let it be known that anyone targeting women and children will also be subjected to the same. Just killing them will not change their ways, but maybe an education will.

by: srikant from: sambalpur,orissa,India
October 12, 2012 9:30 AM
The number of people who know Malala Yousafzai is lot more than those who know Maulana Fazlullah,this is the reason why Maulana Fazlullah is against her.
All the reason quoted by Maulana Fazlullah or any one is totally baseless.
Let us make Malala Yousafzai a famous person in the world then automatically Maulana Fazlullah will hang himself to comit suicide.

by: Tim Holmes from: West Chazy , NY 12992
October 12, 2012 8:56 AM
Actually the sicker are the ones whom keep this girls name in the headlines, in addition of course to those whom thought it so high and mighty to put her in the news to begin with. I claim it to be child endangerment at a minimum. The news agencies whom sold gov propaganda ought to be seriously fined and maybe removed. No one should ever jeopardize a childs life for political gain. In one breath they rail against the palestinians whom suit their children up with explosive vests, then themselves prop up a child to prove that they are right to invade and occupy so that young girls may obtain an education.
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by: Denis MacEoin from: Newcastle, UK
October 12, 2012 9:30 AM
Tim, This is one opf the most deranged posts I have ever read. Malala was well known before this attack. The vast majority of reactions to her shooting round the world have been spontaneous, by ordinary people horrified at such a wanton and cruel act. It can only be good that this has received the publicity it has done. What have the Palestinians got to do with this at all? If this general revulsion helps hasten the day when the Taliban are finally defeated and drummed out of their hiding places, it will have done great good. What Malala does in the future is for her to decide. But she could become a great politician dedicated to issues like education and women's rights, things Pakistan is desperately short of.

by: Tangaloa from: Aotearoa
October 12, 2012 8:51 AM
They tried to silence her because of the "weapon of mass destruction" she is using to bring freedom and equality to the theocratic society she was born into, an open mind and the pen.

by: Wally Geez from: Chicago
October 12, 2012 8:20 AM
Any group that "targets" a 14 year old girl for ANY reason is proof that they are wrong, malicious and sick. The Taliban is comprised of idiots with zero education - they belong in the stone age.
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by: brian meacham from: bristol,uk
October 12, 2012 10:11 AM
how long before these uneducated Taliban idiots, some of who now have British passports,murder someone here in Britain because they dont agree something we say? Or perhaps the cowardly bastards only pick on small schoolgirls!!
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by: sultan pervez from: london
October 12, 2012 10:04 AM
Taliban are in need of education not hate. these guys have not changed much since the stone age. We as fellow humans much more intelligent and educated than them must help them wake up to reality and in to the 21st century. The method is not through anger or revenge but provision of besic needs that they are looking for.

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