Malala Yousufzai is shown in a picture from her Facebook page.
Credit: From Malala Yousufzai's Facebook page

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old activist shot by the Taliban in Pakistan Tuesday, remained in critical condition Thursday.

The young girl, a champion of girls' education rights, was moved from the military hospital in Peshawar where she was recovering from surgery to a military hospital in Rawalpindi with better facilities, CNN reported

The doctors operating on her Wednesday were able to remove the high-velocity bullet lodged near her spine, but a surgeon who operated on the young girl said the shot, fired at close range, caused damage to critical areas of Yousufzai's brain, CBS News reported

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"She has been put on a ventilator for two days," Mumtaz Khan, one of her doctors, told Al Jazeera. "The bullet has affected some part of the brain, but there is a 70 percent chance that she will survive." 

"It is not just Malala's survival which is in question, but what kind of survival," reported CBS. "The next 24 hours will be critical for the young woman." 

The Taliban, who attacked the activist Tuesday for "promoting secularism," said they will go after her again if she survives, BBC News reported.  

Malala has campaigned for girls' education, and was honored for her work in documenting Taliban oppression in the Swat Valley.

According to DawnNews, she received Pakistan's inaugural National Peace Award, and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011.

Malala, under the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary for BBC Urdu about life in the Swat under Taliban control.

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