Lifestyle & Belief

Day of Prayer for Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan


Women hold lighted candles during a rally condemning the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, in Karachi October 11, 2012. Pakistani schoolgirl Yousufzai, who is fighting for her life after being shot by Taliban gunmen, was transferred on Thursday from a hospital in a province that is a militant haven to a specialist hospital in the army garrison town of Rawalpindi. Yousufzai, 14, was unconscious in critical condition after being shot in the head and neck as she left school on Tuesday, but doctors said she had moved her arms and legs slightly the night before. She was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)


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People in Pakistan observed a day of prayer on Friday for the recovery of a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen.

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Malala Yousafzai was transfered to a military hospital in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Doctors say her progress over the next few days will be "critical".

The girl wrote a diary about suffering under the Taliban and was accused by them of "promoting secularism".

Aaron Schachter speaks with the BBC's Ilyas Khan in Islamabad.