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Malala shooting attack on all Pak girls

- October 16, 2012 - Updated 1332 PKT - From Web Edition

BAKU: President Asif Ali Zardari said Tuesday that the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban was an attack on all girls in the country and on civilisation itself.


"The Taliban attack on the 14-year-old girl, who from the age of 11 was involved in the struggle for education for girls, is an attack on all girls in Pakistan, an attack on education, and on all civilised people," Zardari said at an economic summit in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.


Malala was attacked on her school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley a week ago as a punishment for campaigning for the right to an education and free expression.


In some of his most poignant remarks on the incident to date, President Zardari vowed not to let her shooting stop the nation's drive to educate girls. "The work that she led was higher before God than what terrorists do in the name of religion. We will continue her shining cause," he said.


The shooting has been denounced worldwide and by Pakistan, which has said it will do everything possible to ensure Malala recovers and will meet all the costs of her treatment. She was flown to Britain for treatment on Monday where doctors said she had "a chance of making a good recovery".


The murder attempt has sickened Pakistan, where Malala came to prominence with a blog for the BBC highlighting atrocities under the hardline Islamist Taliban, who terrorised the Swat valley from 2007 until an army offensive in 2009.


President Zardari urged for a collective efforts for wiping out terrorists, as terrorism was no more confined to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


He said that the regional countries like European Union must put up their united efforts for fighting terrorism and paving way for peace, progress and economic development.

Reader Comments
It's time all Pakistani leaders (civilians and especially military) should speak in one voice; and, realize that chickens have come home to roost. The only way to fight the scourge of terrorism is to join hands with Afghans in earnest to root out both good and bad Taliban, who are barbaric and savage beasts.

This man knows how to use the murders into his political favors, last election he used Benazir Bhutto and now he will be using Malala's attack for his never-fulfilled desire of accumalating dollars into his ill-famed swiss a/c. This nation deserves what it is now as I see him coming into power again.

Me Zardari, it is clear that you are trying to polish your dirty politics on the back of this tragedy. You have miserably failed to provide security to your people. It is a known fact that your son Bilawal's hefty security bill in UK is being paid for by already suppressed and poor Pakistani taxpayers.

All pure rhetoric to get votes. Gov. education system a disaster with ghost schools. Instead of increased funding it has decreased in Zardari administration. NCHD public - private education national initiative for the poor has struggled to get approved funds for last 5 years.

Pervaiz Lodhie
We have heard a lot of such rhetoric before but the fact is that these ruthless killers sneak in somehow and kill who ever they want and elope, recent example is the attack on the check post in Peshawar where seven policemen lost their lives. There is no time for talk it is time for some serious and total action which the government should not delay just because the elections are six months or so away.

President Zardari should also take care of drone strikes which have killed thousands of Malala's. I understand that in Pakistan tribal people are considered as second rate citizens, but nonetheless the president could pay some lip service.

Very well said Mr. Zardari

get well soon malala

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