Malala still on ventilator - military

2012-10-13 10:31

Islamabad - A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban remained on a ventilator in hospital on Saturday, as people continued to pray for her recovery, the military said.

The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right to an education, 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.

"[The] health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator," the military said in an update.

"A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition," it added.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Malala on Friday, paying tribute to her and two friends who were also wounded when a gunman boarded their school bus on Tuesday and opened fire.

"It was not a crime against an individual but a crime against humanity and an attack on our national and social values," he told reporters, pledging renewed vigour in Pakistan's struggle with Islamist militancy.

Military spokesperson Major General Asim Saleem Bajwaon  Friday said the next 36 to 48 hours would be critical for Malala.

The attack has sickened Pakistan, where Malala won international prominence with a blog for the BBC that highlighted atrocities under the Taliban who terrorised the Swat valley from 2007 until a 2009 army offensive.

Activists say the shooting should be a wake-up call to whose who advocate appeasement with the Taliban, but analysts suspect there will be no seismic shift in a country that has sponsored radical Islam for decades.

Schools opened with prayers for Malala on Friday and special prayers were held at mosques across the country for her speedy recovery at the country's top military hospital in the city of Rawalpindi.

  • peter.t.viljoen - 2012-10-13 11:01

    Ah, the peaceful Muslims at it again...

  • lorna.m.eaton - 2012-10-13 11:18

    Praying for this brave child's recovery is like trying to beat out a fire with a dry branch. It's time that religion is forced out of politics and made an individual private thing that is not imposed on anyone else. If that cannot be done, then religion should be eliminated completely (including banning the indoctrination of children in ANY religion)as obsolete, absurd, unprovable and harmful to ALL life.

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-14 13:07

      Thank You Lorna. You have quite correctly identified the problem.

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-10-13 11:37

    The Taliban should be wiped off the face of the planet.

  • robert.keene.94 - 2012-10-13 11:46

    Barbarians and cavemen!

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-13 11:55

    This is bad but the untold stories of hundreds of children killed or maimed by US drones in Pakistan is much, much worse!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 11:57


      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-13 12:28


      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-13 14:27

      @trooper, extremists are people who are driven to take extreme actions by virtue of having to endure extreme oppression, ask Mandela, he was one. There is no excuse for remote controlled killing of anyone.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-13 14:33

      Two wrongs dont make a right!

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-13 16:09

      derek...than u dont know the means of technology..why must u sent in hundreds of troops wher u can sent only 1 drone to do the job!!!those extremist what u talking not in the same line as those extremist who killed and injured woman and children is like mandela?? if so than ur race would have been wipe out in south ur research right..and i wil say again...unfortunaelty wrong ppl got killed..and it jus take a human being to recognise his/her mistakes and to apologise...

      LanfearM - 2012-10-15 09:22

      I am actually amused by how offended people are by the drones. Would it have been better if a bomb was dropped by a pilot? Or a child shot directly with a gun in the face? Dead is dead. Btw, 385 civilians [168 children] have died in US drone attacks. Put that up against the 160000 people who were deliberately starved to death with the Taliban in power [1992-2001]. Put that against the thousands upon thousands of abused women who suffered greatly under the Taliban. Put that against the massacred villages under the Taliban. This attempted assassination is just the latest in long list of atrocities committed by these extremists. Perhaps you guys should read up on all that they have done, the massacres, the human trafficking, the severe oppression of women, the terror attacks which caused more than 80% of civilian deaths in 2011 in Afghanistan. Besides, two wrongs don't make a right! Why are you guys dodging the issues by pointing fingers at other countries and cultures? This article is not about US drone attacks, it is about the Taliban that tried to murder a 14-year old girl because she wanted an education. If you want to talk about US atrocities, then write an article about it and we will comment. As to "poor Afghanistan" being tossed about between super powers, well the old USSR and the US are not the only culprits. I wonder if you guys even know that Iran and Saudi Arabia both funded separate insurgency groups in the 1990s in Afghanistan?

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-13 12:05

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  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-13 12:08

    muslims says its unislamic behaviour from the taliban..but u do not see muslim countries march against taliban behaviour,,muslims can burn churches..burn embassy..can burn flags..but they cant march against their own ppl who use islam to justify for there killings..MUSLIMS DO NOT PROTEST AND MARCH AGAINST ISLAMIC EXTREMIST..!! but they want to shout and protest against a stupid video that cant hurt the soul nor the body

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 12:22

    This is a very sad incident.But most people dont know that the Taliban rose for the reason of liberating women.During post soviet war many powerful warlords were abusing and raping women.The Taliban was formed when its leader with only 30 scholars (Taliban) fought a powerful warlord and his army to free a few teen girls who were being raped and abused.The warlord was hung from a barrel of a tank in Kabul as a warning to the others.The Malala act was a renegade act.Cannot be the Taliban.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-13 12:25


      magnus.j.vanvuuren - 2012-10-13 13:13

      The Taliban were condemned internationally for their brutal repression of women. The Taliban and their allies committed massacres against Afghan civilians, denied UN food supplies to 160,000 starving civilians and conducted a policy of scorched earth burning vast areas of fertile land and destroying tens of thousands of homes during their rule from 1996-2001. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee to United Front-controlled territory, Pakistan and Iran.

      ingwe - 2012-10-13 13:54

      They also closed all institutions of learning for girls and women and banned women from working when they took power in Afganistan! Islam is as much a political doctrine as a religious way of life and the taliban is but one of the more conservative branches. In most lands where the islamists take complete power a government supressing women similar to that in Afganistan in the days of the taliban will be installed. It is a tenant of the doctrine that women are not given the same rights as the men.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-13 14:35

      Another brainwashed sod. What time do you blow up?

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 17:20

      @Shirley.Between the 2 of us,i assure you,that im not the 1 thats brainwashed.Peace

      LanfearM - 2012-10-15 09:29

      Oh yeah, the Taliban REALLY "liberated" women! See here for a whole list of liberations: Funny, they were and still are involved in human trafficking where they sell women as sex slaves, probably provided the warlord with the girls, then "rescued" them for their own political agenda, i.e. taking power. This attempted assassination was NOT a renegade act! The Taliban not only accepted responsiblity for it, they even made public how they planned it! Open your eyes fort.horseman! Stop trying to justify what the Taliban has done just because they are Islamic! Just because they are Muslims doesn't mean they can do no wrong, jeez in which century do we live, eh?

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-13 12:38

    Just thinking, if what the girl said, or stood for, not touched a nerve, why such violant actions against her. This is just purely achaic thinking, derived from a religion that supress woman, and reduces woman to be merely items to be used and tollerated for the selfish use of men stuck in the dinosaur ages. This must be proof that they need to rethink their religion

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 12:49

      @hein.That is a big misconception.The fact is that muslim women have more rights then men.The Muslim women might not like me for this,but you have no idea how spoilt some of them are:)

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-13 12:51

      Yes, it is religion, but not a faith.

      LanfearM - 2012-10-15 09:33

      @ fort.horseman - ag bullshyte man! Yes I am sure some Muslim women who have rich husband are very spoiled. But don't tell me they have more rights than men because that is a blatant lie!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-13 12:50

    May Pakistan's Jeanne d'Arc survive the callous onslaught on her life.

  • mathilde.duplessis - 2012-10-13 13:40

    Who are these people who would assassinate this bright and brave future leader? How insecure are they that they need to resort to violence against a child? It is when we rest easy in our beliefs that we can peacefully let others have theirs.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-13 15:00

    Wow 2012 and you get shot for stating you'd like an education, this is a true reflection of Islam in all its glory

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