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Malala's attackers identified, will be brought to justice: Pakistan

world Updated: Oct 11, 2012 12:08 IST
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The attackers who shot child peace campaigner Malala Yousufzai have been identified, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said. He also added that Yousufzai will not be sent abroad for treatment.

Malik said he was satisfied with her treatment by Pakistani doctors, reported Geo News from Peshawar.

The interior minister said Malala's attackers had been identified and would be brought to justice.

Malala, Pakistan's first National Peace Award winner, was shot and seriously injured in the country's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday when she was returning from home from school.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that has sparked outrage across the world.

Malik said doctors are satisfied that she is now out of danger.

The minister added that neurosurgeons from London and the US were ready and would be called to Pakistan if the need arose.

Doctors at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) removed a bullet that pierced her head and got lodged in her shoulder.

A file photo of Malala Yousufzai being moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar in Mingora, Pakistan. AP Photo

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has expressed "outrage" at the life-threatening attack by the Taliban on the 14-year-old Pakistani rights activist and is writing to her family to offer his support.

Ban called for the perpetrators of the "heinous and cowardly" attack on Yousufzai to be swiftly brought to justice.

The UN chief's spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters at the United Nations that like others around the world, Ban has been "deeply moved" by Yousufzai's "courageous efforts" to promote the fundamental right to education.

"Like so many other people in Pakistan and around the world, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is truly outraged by this attack. To show his support, he is writing to the family of Yousufzai," Nesirky said.

Ban "expresses his outrage and strongest condemnation" over the shooting of Yousufzai as well as two other girls who were injured in the attack.

Ban expressed his sympathies to the young girl's family at this "very difficult time" and hoped for Yousufzai's full and speedy recovery. He similarly expressed his sympathies to the families of the other two girls.

He expressed solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan in their efforts to confront violent extremism, his spokesperson said.

Other UN agencies like UN Women, UNESCO and UNICEF joined Ban in condemning the attack on Yousufzai.

Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday promised to fight terror "regardless of the cost" after child peace campaigner Malala Yousafzai was shot at by the Taliban.

General Kayani strongly condemned the terror attack on Malala, reported Online news agency.

The general visited Peshawar to oversee the treatment being given to her and to meet her family.

He said the cowards who attacked Malala and her fellow students have shown time and again how little regard they have for human life and how low they can fall in their cruel ambition to impose their twisted ideology upon others.

The girl received fame in Pakistan and abroad due to her struggle for restoration of peace in Swat area.

The army chief said it is not the first time that the Taliban have targeted children.

He said that in attacking Malala, the terrorists have failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope.

"We wish to bring home a simple message: We refuse to bow before terror. We will fight, regardless of the cost," the army chief said.