Malala to get Pak’s top bravery award

  • Agencies, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Oct 17, 2012 00:31 IST

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage right activist shot in the head by the Taliban last week, will be conferred the Sitara-e-Shujaat, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards for bravery.

Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik, who made the announcement, also offered a bounty of R10 crore on Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan, who had claimed responsibility for the attack on Malala.

The 14-year-old was attacked on her school bus in the Swat vallley as a punishment for campaigning for the right to education.

Doctors at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, UK, where she is being treated, said her condition was “stable” and she had “a chance of making a good recovery”.

Several people claiming to the teenager’s relatives tried to enter the hospital on Tuesday, but were turned away by the police, who also questioned two of the supposed “well-wishers”.


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