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- Friday, October 12, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The ruling Awami National Party (ANP) staged a protest rally on Thursday to condemn the recent attack on Malala Yousafzai and the two other school students in Swat.


Led by Khyber Pakhtun-khwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour, the rally started from the Peshawar Press Club and ended at the Amn Park opposite the Cantonment Railway Station.Holding the party flags, the participants chanted slogans against those who had attacked Malala Yousafzai and two other students.


Speaking on the occasion, Bashir Bilour termed Malala Yousafzai an icon of peace, education and prosperity. He said the bold and courageous girl had even spoken against the militants when they wielded power in Swat. “The militants have shown their cowardice by targeting an innocent teenaged girl,” he said and added that neither the Muslims nor the Pakhtuns could even think of attacking women and children. “The militants cannot stop us from our struggle to establish peace on this soil,” he vowed.


The participants prayed for the early recovery of Malala Yousafzai and her injured friends. The ANP central deputy general secretary Tajuddin Khan, Peshawar district president Arbab Najeeb and other leaders attended the rally.


Meanwhile, students of the Bacha Khan Model High School in Nauthia staged a protest rally at the Fawwara Chowk in Peshawar Cantonment to express solidarity with Malala Yousafzai.Prof Khadim Hussain, who heads the schools project of the Bacha Khan Education Foundation, was leading the rally which began from Nauthia and ended at the Fawwara Chowk.The students in their collective prayers prayed for early recovery of Malala Yousafzai.


CHARSADDA: The ANP local chapter organised a walk to protest the attack on Malala Yousafzai and held a prayer service for her early recovery.The walk was led by the ANP district president, Khalid Khan, and general secretary, Qasim Ali Muhammadzai.


A protest march was organised by students of the Bacha Khan Education Foundation School to condemn the attack. The students lauded the bravery of Malala Yousafzai as she had taken a stand for the cause of education in Swat.


BISHAM: Students of various schools staged protest in Shangla district against the attack and offered prayers for the early recovery of Malala and her injured friends.


DERA ISMAIL KHAN: ANP staged protest here on Thursday. Led by ANP district president Shahab Khan, the protesters chanted slogans “Death to terrorism” and “Long live peace” while taking out the protest rally from the Town Hall. The rally culminated near the former tuberculosis treatment centre.