The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

Pakistan child activist airlifted to top military hospital


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistani child activist shot in the head by the Taleban was airlifted to Pakistan's top military hospital for specialist treatment on Thursday, still in critical condition.

The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities. Two of her school friends were also injured in the attack, carried out as retribution for Malala's campaign for the right to an education during a two-year Taleban insurgency in Swat that the army claimed to have crushed in 2009.

However, as she spent a second day in intensive care, questions are mounting about how the attack could have happened in the first place and how the perpetrators simply walked away in an area with a police and army presence.

"Now she needs post-surgery care. The doctors recommended that the AFIC (Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology) has better facilities for post-surgery care," military spokesman Major-General Asim Saleem Bajwa told AFP.