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9.5 million Afghan students pray for Swat girl
 
 
Sunday, October 14, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: Rallies were held across the country by lawyers, social activists, students and other people belonging to different walks of life to condemn the attack on Malala Yousafzai, while Yaum-e-Dua was observed in Sindh for the early recovery of the brave 14-year-old girl from Swat.

 

The children and teachers of schools in Sindh raised their hands praying for the speedy recuperation of the brave daughter of the nation.

 

Teachers said they are observing the prayer day for Malala to send a message to terrorists that “Malala is not alone; the entire nation supports her in her cause for education.”

 

Praying for the early recovery of the ‘Gul Makai’, students said: “Malala is our sister and she rendered a sacrifice for education.”

 

District Bar Association (DBA) Islamabad observed a strike on the call of Pakistan and Punjab Bar councils.

 

President District Bar Association Islamabad Syed Javed Iqbal Shah said the lawyers community strongly condemn the attack on peace activist Malala Yousafzai, adding that Islam disseminates a message of love, affection and peace and this brutal and cowardly act could not be associated with our sacred religion.

 

In Mingora, hundreds of people and civil society members took out a rally and condemned the cowardly attack on Malala Yousafzai and termed it the failure of the government and law-enforcement agencies to protect its citizens.

 

The Swat Qaumi Jirga had organised the protest. The speakers said it was shameful that armed men in broad daylight fired on Malala and her two other colleagues, Shazia and Kainat, and managed to escape.

 

The speakers expressed resentment over the failure of the government and its law-enforcement agencies to provide security to the people of Swat who had suffered heavy losses and and left their homes and villages only to enable the armed forces to clear the valley of militants.

 

Protests were also held in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Nankana Sahib, Jhelum, Mirpurkhas and other parts of the country. The protesters condemned the attack and demanded justice for the victims.

 

Meanwhile, schools in Afghanistan opened on Saturday with special prayers for the quick recovery of Malala Yousafzai, in a move officials said was to show solidarity with her.

 

“To show sympathy to Malala Yousafzai around 9.5 million students all over the country in 15,500 schools and education centres offered prayers for her quick recovery,” education ministry spokesman Amanullah Iman told AFP.

 

“The students also expressed their solidarity to their sister (Malala) because the attack on her was an attack on education,” he said.

 

“Malala is just a girl and student like us, she shouldn’t have been shot,” Freshta, a 10 grade pupil told AFP.

 

“Today we recited the Holy Quran and prayed for her recovery,” she said.

 

In Mumbai, India, school students took out a rally in support of Malala Yousafzai.

 

Hundreds of students, mostly girls, took out the march from Daroulla mosque to Thane railway station to express their solidarity with the 14-year-old education activist.

 

The girls holding placards with message: “I am Malala” urged the Pakistani government to send Malala to India for medical treatment.