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    Granny says, "Kill dem Taliban, kill `em all...

    Shot Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai 'symbol of courage'
    29 October 2012 - Doctors at the Birmingham hospital have said Malala is still weak but could make a good recovery
    Pakistan's interior minister has said a 15-year-old schoolgirl activist who was shot in the country by the Taliban is a "symbol of courage and determination" against "extremist ideology". Malala Yousafzai is recovering in hospital in Birmingham after being shot on school bus on 9 October. Doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said she could make a good recovery. On Monday she was visited there by Pakistan minister Rehman Malik and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague. Mr Hague and Mr Malik, who were also accompanied by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, met surgeons and Malala's father Ziauddin.

    'Acts of cowardice'

    Mr Malik said the attack on Malala was "meant to tarnish the true face of Pakistan and to discourage those struggling for human liberties and for the democratisation of our society". He added: "Let me reassure our international friends that such acts of cowardice will not deter us and the whole Pakistani nation stands behind Malala and her cause." Mr Hague said Malala's "swift and full recovery is our absolute priority" and thanked the doctors at the hospital.

    He added: "The people of Pakistan have paid a high price from terrorism and extremism. "We will stand by all those who, like Malala, are courageously defending the rights of women in Pakistan and around the world." Malala's father arrived at the hospital on Friday to visit his daughter, saying he believed she would "rise again" to pursue her dreams. He had revealed how the Pakistani president had taken the decision to move Malala because of the need for a safe environment for her recovery.

    Doctors in Birmingham have said Malala is still weak but stands every chance of making a good recovery. The Pakistan Taliban said it carried out the attack because Malala was "promoting secularism". She had campaigned for the rights of girls to have an education and had written a diary for the BBC Urdu service when the Pakistan Taliban controlled her home area of Swat in 2009. Since the attack, the teenager has received thousands of goodwill messages from around the world.

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    British, Pakistani, UAE Officials Praise Wounded Pakistani Girl's 'Courage'
    October 29, 2012 - Officials from Pakistan, Britain and the United Arab Emirates have visited the hospital where a Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban is being treated, calling her a symbol of courage and determination.
    Pakistani Taliban gunmen opened fire on Malala Yousafzai on October 9, as she returned home from school in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley. The teenager was internationally known for speaking out in favor of girls' education and against the militant group who had taken over her hometown three years ago. On Monday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed and Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the British city of Birmingham. Malala Yousafzai has been at the hospital for the past two weeks and remains in stable condition after being shot in the head and neck. She is able to talk and to walk with help.

    The British Foreign Office said the ministers met the hospital's medical director and Yousafzai's father, who arrived in Britain last week with the girl's mother and two brothers. He said Malala will return to Pakistan after she recovers. Hague told reporters Monday ``I pay tribute, first of all, to her, and to the extraordinary example that she has shown to everybody across the world in the cause of education, the rights of women, I think she is an inspiration now not only to the people of Pakistan but all over the world.'' Zayed said the people of the UAE were "appalled" by what happened to Malala and that is why the UAE provided the air ambulance to transport her from Pakistan to Britain for further medical treatment.

    Zayed added that "Malala's courage inspires us to reinforce our commitment to rejecting ideologies rooted in intolerance and extremism." The minister said "by helping Malala, whose courage we applaud, the UAE is also voicing its firm belief in the right of girls to education everywhere." Pakistan's Rehman Malik said his government is thankful to Britain and the UAE for their "strong support to Malala and to Pakistan." Malik said the attack on Malala was "meant to tarnish the true face of Pakistan and to discourage those struggling for human liberties and for the democratization of our society." The Pakistani interior minister said "such acts of cowardice will not deter us, and the whole Pakistani nation stands behind Malala and her cause." He noted that "we will do whatever possible to take Pakistan on the path of peace and moderation, as envisioned by our founding fathers."

    http://www.voanews.com/content/article/1535368.html
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    Was Malala the victim of a Pakistani gov't. plot?...

    Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai could be victim of government plot, Labour peer claimed
    Sunday 04 November 2012 - A 15-year-old school girl shot after campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, could be the victim of government assassins, a Labour peer has suggested.
    Lord Ahmed said he believed Malala Yousafzai, who is awaiting reconstructive surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, could have been shot as part of a plot to discredit the Taliban. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for trying to kill the schoolgirl, who was shot in the head at point blank range, on the day of the shooting and later said it would try again. But Lord Ahmed told the meeting in Willesden, North London the following evening that he believed the young girl may have been shot as an excuse to launch a military assault in the Taliban stronghold of Waziristan. He claimed similar incidents had happened in London and compared the crime to Jimmy Savile’s sex assaults, during a speech at a community meeting in North London.

    In a video obtained by the Daily Telegraph, Lord Ahmed spoke in a mixture of Urdu and English. He said he had visited Mingora, the town where Malala lived with her family in the Swat Valley and there was “no danger whatsoever” from militants. “I don't know why it happened and one reason could possibly be there’s an operation in Waziristan [which] may possibly be on the cards or some other sort of action,” he told the meeting. “It could have also been to build and increase public opinion and support in favour of a Waziristan operation and God forbid, she could have been caught as a tool in that conspiracy.”

    Comparing the incident to crimes in London, he added: “One lone accident should not be generalised and this could have taken place in London and has done so in the past too. “So we should not imply that this area is under the control of Tehreek-e-Taliban [the Pakistani Taliban] in anyways just because of this incident. “Criminal activity can even take place inside the BBC and crimes have been committed by people smoking cigars, which the police are now investigating. “I live in East London and it is possible that somebody may have been mugged there today, showing that one incident alone is not enough to brand an entire area.”

    Lord Ahmed said he had made the comments before the full facts were clear. “If I said that, that’s what I said, although I never mentioned the government of Pakistan,” he added. “This is not a British matter, it’s a Pakistani matter, she is a Pakistani girl and I was repeating opinions which had been expressed in the Pakistani parliament. “On this particular day, I had no idea what happened. Three or four days later when the facts were clear I made a speech at the Pakistan Press Club condemning the Taliban.”

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    Malala expresses her heart-felt gratitude...

    Malala thanks supporters around the world
    Sat, Nov 10, 2012 - Malala Yousufzai, the teenager being treated in Britain for gunshot wounds inflicted by the Taliban in Pakistan, yesterday thanked her global supporters, one month on from the brutal attack.
    “She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being,” her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, said on behalf of the 15-year-old. “We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all caste, color and creed,” he said in a statement issued by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where Malala is being treated. “I am awfully thankful to all the peace-loving well-wishers who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on Malala, who pray for her health and support the grand cause of peace, education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression,” he said. The hospital yesterday published photographs of Malala sitting and reading a book, while others showed her poring over get-well cards.

    Armed men in Mingora, the main town in the Swat valley, shot Malala in the head and shoulder on Oct. 9 after stopping the school bus on which she was traveling. The attack was claimed by the insurgent Taliban Movement of Pakistan. They claimed to have targeted Malala because of her “pioneering role” in calling for girls’ education and because of her general criticism of the Taliban. The teenager was transferred to the British hospital on Oct.15. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Britons yesterday called on the government to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    A campaign led by a Pakistani-British woman urged British Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior government officials to nominate the teen for the Nobel Peace Prize. “Malala doesn’t just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender,” campaign leader Shahida Choudhary said in a statement issued by global petition platform Change.org. More than 30,000 people have signed the petition in Britain as part of a global push by women’s rights advocates to nominate her for the prize. Similar campaigns have sprung up in Canada, France and Spain. Under the Nobel Committee’s rules, only prominent figures such as members of national assemblies and governments are able to make nominations.

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    The Pakis are begging for a nuke strike. Those animals need culling.

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    Pakistan honors Malala...

    Pakistanis Honor School Girl Shot by Taliban
    November 10, 2012 - Pakistani students and rights activists are honoring the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban a month ago.
    The United Nations designated Saturday to be "Malala Day" as a global tribute to Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by gunmen for promoting the right of girls to attend school and for documenting Taliban atrocities. In her hometown of Mingora in the northwestern Swat Valley, hundreds of students prayed for her early recovery and vowed to continue her mission. Her supporters also gathered in Karachi and other Pakistani cities. Taliban gunmen shot Malala Yousafzai in the head and neck in the Swat Valley. She was internationally recognized for her work. She is now recovering from her wounds at a hospital in Britain.

    On Friday, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown presented Pakistan's government with a petition with more than one million signatures in support of Malala. Mr. Brown, the U.N.'s envoy for global education, says a new foundation has been created to honor Malala. The Malala Foundation will do the work the teenager told her friends just weeks before she was shot that she wanted to do -- campaign for the 32 million girls around the world who are not in school.

    Nearly 90,000 people have signed another petition to have Malala nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Also Friday, Malala's father paid tribute to those around the world who have shown her support. Ziauddin Yousafzai spoke from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, where Malala is being treated. He said she is recovering well and wants everyone to know she has been inspired and humbled by the thousands of cards, messages and gifts she has received.

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    It is a start. The Taliban seem confused over this reaction.

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