Conflict & Justice

Malala Yousafzai in stable condition, next 2 days are crucial, doctors say


Pakistani school girls pray for the recovery of gunshot victim, Malala Yousafzai, in Multan on October 10, 2012. Pakistani doctors removed a bullet from a 14-year-old child campaigner shot by the Taliban in a horrific attack condemned by national leaders and rights activists. The attack took place in Mingora, the main town of the Swat valley in Pakistan's northwest, where Malala had campaigned for the right to an education during a two-year Taliban insurgency which the army said it had crushed in 2009.



Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old activist shot by Taliban members, is in stable condition, but her progress over the weekend will be crucial, her doctors said. 

“(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator,” the military said Saturday, according to Agence France Presse. “A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition." 

"The next 36 to 48 hours are important," Major Gen. Asim Bajwa told reporters in Rawalpindi, CNN reported

A rally in support of Yousafzai, who along with her father advocated for girls' education rights in Pakistan, is scheduled for Sunday, according to CNN. The crowd is expected to number in the thousands. 

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The attack on the girl, and the Taliban's continued promises of a reprise, has shocked the nation, which held a day of prayer for the teen on Friday. 

"The attack on Malala has shown it is about time the country took on the scourge of terrorism and totally eliminated the elements who are neither friends of Pakistan or Islam," wrote The News International's Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat. "The attack on Malala has made it imperative that this should be done quickly and with full force.

Yesterday, three suspects connected to the shooting were arrested in northern Pakistan. 

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