Thursday, October 11, 2012
Candlelit vigil held for Malala Yousufzai as schoolgirl shot by Taliban is airlifted to new hospital
http://www.telegraph.co.ukHours after Malala Yousufzai is transported to a safer hospital, demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil in Karachi to show support for the 14-year-old schoolgirl who is fighting for her life after being shot by Taliban gunmen.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has decided to observe one-minute silence at 1200 hours to condemn the brutal attack on 14 years old peace award winner Malala Yuosafzai, said provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain here on Thursday. Addressing to an event on "child marriage" here at Peshawar Press club, he said that all the clerics of "Oqaf" mosques have been asked to offere special prayers for early recovery of Malala and also condemn the terrorists in Jumma sermons. Early, addressing the participants of the programme, he said the KP government has drafted a proposal to fix 18 years age for the male and 16 years for the female to get marry, adding that a notification in this regard would soon issued.
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old campaigner for human rights, was shot in the head by Taliban militants on Tuesday while she was returning home from school in a van in the Swat area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Today, the entire nation is in shock. Everyone is condemning the Taliban and praying for Malala. She has become a role model for her country’s young generation. She has won. Malala is the victim of Talibanization, the radical mind-set spawned from a theocratic and obscurantist interpretation of Islam. Talibanization is about forcefully imposing a theocratic agenda on the people. It is about radicalizing them. It is about creating more and more suicide-bomb squads in the name of jihad against liberals and moderates, Muslims and non-Muslims. The attack on Malala liberated many shackled and Talibanized minds. She has won. Malala was advocating the ideology of love. She was a young ambassador of peace. By attacking her, the Taliban attempted to warn all the youngsters not to follow her ideology. But after the attack, Malala’s followers have multiplied across the country. She has won. The attack exposed the brutal face of the Taliban. It also raises questions about even holding talks with a group that plays with the lives of innocent citizens and does not spare anyone — it even targets kids. There is not just one Malala but thousands of Malalas who have fallen victim to this ideology of hate. The Taliban, projecting a campaign against polio as a cover for espionage, has put hundreds of thousands of children at risk by banning polio vaccinations in its strongholds in North and South Waziristan. In their former stronghold of Swat, the Taliban banned education for girls, condemned the state judicial system and ran a parallel justice system until 2009, when Islamabad launched a full-fledged military operation to quell a Taliban-led insurgency there. While the Taliban were attacking and destroying girls’ schools, Malala posted her diary on the BBC’s Web site, exposing the Taliban’s atrocities against women, its excesses, and its obscurantist approach to interpretation of Islamic laws. Last year, she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by the advocacy group Kids Rights Foundation. She has won. But the Pakistan Taliban’s version of Islam and the agenda they want to forcibly impose remains a threat. The group deems democratic elections part of the “secular” system and has announced that any political leader who plans to contest elections will be attacked if he visits the tribal areas. The Taliban’s declaration that the democratic system in Pakistan is un-Islamic and its criticism of Imran Khan, the former Pakistani cricketer-turned politician, as a liberal infidel exposes the peril of violent radicalism that surrounds Pakistan. Yet Khan, the leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf, or the Movement for Justice, is widely criticized for being “too soft” on the Taliban. To protest drone strikes, he recently led a peace march to the border of South Waziristan, where it was halted by the Pakistan military for security reasons. Instead of appreciating his move, the Taliban condemned his “liberal” politics and threatened to kill him. The Pakistan Taliban recently distributed pamphlets in the markets in tribal areas threatening shopkeepers who sell mobile phones to give up that business or face dire consequences. Mobile-phone dealers were told to stop uploading songs, movies and pictures, which the Taliban says promote “un-Islamic acts.” The Pakistan Taliban’s plan to remake our nuclear-armed country according to its vision of an Islamic state raises international concerns about proliferating Islamist violence and its threat to regional and world stability. But the attack on Malala revived and resurrected the true Islamic ideology of peace across the country. She has won. Malala was fighting for the right to education — the highest long-term investment in containing Talibanization. Only education can bring about a change in the radical mind-set. Malala has become a beacon of light. She has won. Syed Fazl-e-Haider is a development analyst in Pakistan and a columnist for Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.
The father of a girl shot by the Pakistani Taliban has the asked the world to pray for her survival as she is transferred from a provincial hospital to a more up-to-date facility in the city of Rawalpindi.
Pakistani schoolgirl shot by ‘barbaric and cowardly’ Taliban, Malala Yousufzai, moved to army hospital
http://news.nationalpost.comA Pakistani schoolgirl fighting for her life after being shot by Taliban gunmen was transferred on Thursday from a hospital in a province that is a militant haven to a specialist hospital in the army garrison town of Rawalpindi.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor has revealed that Malala Yousafzai was still not out of danger. Malala Yousafzai was being sent to the top military hospital in Rawalpindi, a government official confirmed on Thursday. "Her condition is not yet out of danger despite improvement. She is being shifted to Rawalpindi," Masood Kausar, the governor of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told reporters. Malala has improved but remains in intensive care with a 70 percent chance of survival, doctors said as they canvas expert advice abroad. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers. Two of her school friends were also injured in the attack which was carried out as retribution for Malala s campaign for the right to an education during a two-year Taliban insurgency in the region. There are mounting questions about how the attack could have happened and how the perpetrators simply walked away in an area with a visible police and army presence. One of her doctors, Mumtaz Khan, told AFP that Malala had improved since the bullet was removed in an operation on Wednesday, but said she was still seriously ill at a military hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar. "At the moment her condition is better," he said. "She has been put on a ventilator for two days. The bullet has affected some part of the brain, but there is a 70 percent chance that she will survive." Mehmoodul Hasan, one of Malala s relatives, said the family had been told her condition had improved but that doctors were sending her medical reports abroad. "They are checking if better facilities are available in the UK or Dubai or any other country, then they will decide about sending her abroad, otherwise they will treat her here," said Hasan. US President Barack Obama, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Pakistani leaders have expressed horror at the attack on a girl who won admiration for daring to speak out during the Taliban insurgency which the army said it had crushed in 2009. Obama believed the shooting was "reprehensible and disgusting and tragic", said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "Directing violence at children is barbaric, it s cowardly, and our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded as well as their families," he said. Malala won international prominence after highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when the militants burned girls schools and terrorised the valley before the army intervened. She was just 11 then, and her struggle resonated with tens of thousands of girls denied an education by militants across northwest Pakistan, where the government has been fighting local Taliban since 2007. Preparations had been made to fly her abroad, but a military source told AFP she was too ill to travel. Carney said US forces were ready to offer transport and treatment to the teenager if needed. The Pakistani provincial government announced a 10 million rupee ($104,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of Malala s attackers and Interior Minister Rehman Malik has promised to catch the gunmen. Officers in Swat say dozens of people were rounded up after the attack but no one has been charged. Mingora police station chief Ahmad Shah told AFP that nearly 200 people had been detained over Malala s shooting, including the bus driver and a school watchman, but that most had been released. "Police were on alert already, but after this latest incident we are now carrying out nightly search operations on a daily basis to prevent such incidents," Shah said.
Malala Yousufzai is being shifted to Rawalpindi’s FIAC Hospital on doctors advice, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR, media wing of the Pakistan Army on Thursday. The statement noted that two doctors from Birmingham hospital would also fly to Rawalpindi with Malala Yousufzai. AFP adds; A Pakistani child activist shot in the head by the Taliban is not out of danger and is being moved to the city of Rawalpindi, officials said Thursday.
The Chief Minister was informed about Malala's operation conducted under supervision of renown neurosurgeon‚ Dr Mumtaz Ali on Wednesday morning. Khyber Pakthunkhwa Chief Minister‚ Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Wednesday visited Combined Military Hospital and enquired about the health of injured national peace award winner‚ Malala Yusafzai. The Chief Minister was informed about Malala's operation conducted under supervision of renown neurosurgeon‚ Dr Mumtaz Ali on Wednesday morning.
The gruesome killing of innocent people in the name of religion is the worst thing to imagine and absorb. The attack on Malala Yousufzai, the fourteen year old prodigy who voiced her concerns regarding girls’ education in the terror-hit areas of Pakistan has exposed the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP’s) visage of being fundamentally opposed to progress, development and modernisation, only to perpetuate their self-styled religious agenda far removed from Islam and its teachings. Malala was identified and then attacked when the assailant mounted the vehicle in which she was travelling home from school. They chose to shoot her in the head to minimise the chances of her survival. She however, survived; the bullet penetrated through her brain and settled in the shoulder. The bullet has been removed in a five hour-long operation. The government has decided, on the advice of the medical board dealing with her case, not to risk sending her abroad in her present condition, and instead get foreign doctors to visit Pakistan if needed. The TTP, while claiming responsibility for the attack, has condemned Malala for her open, secular and modern views on education and women’s participation in the social and political arenas. Her stance against the Taliban and more so on their irrational and ill-conceived notion of keeping children away from education by demolishing schools was the biggest irritant for the TTP. They had been issuing threats to her family, had asked her to remain silent, and even now when they have injured her grievously, their desire to eliminate her has not disappeared: “We will kill her even if she survives now,” they say. Malala began her journey to communicate with the world by writing blogs under a pen name Gul Makai in 2008. She would publish pages from her diaries on the web. Each one of her writings was soaked in the blood, terror and agony suffered by the people of Swat. However, there would always be hope wrapped in her thoughts that looked forward to an end of the TTP and the coming of democracy in her region eventually. To be a part of this long and tiring journey, she had desired to become a politician and launch her own political party. Malala has been awarded the First National Peace Award of Pakistan. She was nominated for an International Children’s Peace Prize by Kids Rights Foundation, an international children’s advocacy group. And finally the gallantry award from the President of Pakistan consummated this little girl’s heroic profile at the tender age of fourteen. The attack on Malala is an attack on all those people who dare to think along secular and modern lines in Pakistan today. It is an attack on the very ideology of this country that never wanted theology to ruin its very essence. When Maulana Sufi along with his group of jihadists in 1990 began establishing a state-within-the-state in the name of Shariah, the threat this posed did not dawn on the authorities responsible for the territorial and constitutional defence of the state. Eventually when the military operation in 2009 was launched, it displaced 2.5 million people, one of the largest internal displacements in recent history. But the offensive did not eliminate the militants; it only forced them to retreat from Swat temporarily. For the last one year, not only has militancy returned to the area, Maulana Fazlullah, who had been considered dead, is found holed up in Afghanistan. Lately we have had a number of attacks in lower and upper Dir on the security forces of Pakistan by the TTP. The government has been unable to fill the political and administrative vacuum and thereby root out the curse of militancy. Now with the attack on Malala, the vengeance of these enemies of Pakistan has come full circle. While we pray for Malala’s full and quick recovery, the government must tighten the noose around the necks of those who have so far been released from the courts because of legal loopholes or intimidation of judges and witnesses, and spared punishment. Also, all those still running around loose and sowing mayhem and chaos through their terrorism must be brought to book in a concerted manner if more Malalas are not to fall victim to their fanaticism.
Condemning the attack on the life of Malala Yousafzai he said she raised her voice for the girls' right to education and faced the threats from extremists bravely In an interview with the Council of Europe website‚ he paid rich tributes to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed who left an everlasting impression laying down her life following a long and hard struggle for democracy. Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said the PPP has a long history of struggle for achieving the universal values of democracy in the country. He said that though democracy is nascent in the country‚ yet it shared democratic values with the world. To a question‚ Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the government has worked on several important legislation‚ like protect women rights‚ legislation against domestic violence and harassment. Condemning the attack on the life of Malala Yousafzai he said she raised her voice for the girls' right to education and faced the threats from extremists bravely.
The hospital sources in Peshawar say Malala Yousufzai's health is improving and now she can move her body parts They said she is improving gradually. Meanwhile‚ a panel of senior doctors has examined Malala Yousufzai‚ who has been kept under strict observation at CMH. Her health is improving and she can move her body parts. The medical board will conduct another medical checkup of her on Friday and after that it will be decided whether to take her abroad or not for treatment.