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Swat police make arrests in Malala shooting


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A team of army doctors examining Malala Yousufzai at the Combined Military Hospital. — File Photo by APP

MINGORA: Swat police say they have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban after promoting girls’ education and speaking out about Taliban atrocities.

A senior police official in Mingora, Afzal Khan Afridi, said Friday that police made arrests in the shooting of Malala Yousufzai.

He declined to give any details about their number, what role they’re suspected in having in the shooting on Tuesday or how police apprehended them.

Yousufzai and two other girls were shot Tuesday in a school bus on their way home from school. The young activist is being treated at a hospital in Rawalpindi.

'Next 48 hours critical' 

Meanwhile, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said that Yousufzai’s condition had improved, adding that, that the next 36 to 48 hours were critical, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives at the ISPR office, the Pakistan army’s spokesman said the 14-year-old activist was undergoing tests and the next 36 to 48 hours would be crucial for her.

The army spokesman further said that Malala was still on a ventilator and that the girl had been shifted to Rawalpindi upon doctors’ instructions.

The DG ISPR added that a medical team had been constituted, headed by a Major General, and that the decision to send Malala abroad would be taken by a medical board.

Currently, all the doctors on the panel treating Malala were Pakistanis but two foreign doctors were also being consulted on the treatment.

Bajwa said efforts were being made to bring the perpetrators behind the incident to justice and requested the nation to pray for Malala’s well being.

Comments (10) Closed

ramshankerdubey Oct 12, 2012 02:01pm
those responsible must be punished
CONCERNED Oct 13, 2012 01:02am
Mohdudul Huq Oct 13, 2012 01:25am
Good job. Hang them in immediately.
Yawar Oct 13, 2012 03:55am
Please reveal the names, identities, faces, backgrounds, and organizational affiliations of the criminals. The nation has every right to know and understand this breed of people.
Tahira, USA Oct 12, 2012 03:08pm
After initial treatment, Malala should be allowed to come to US for further treatment and aftercare. Her family should accompany her. Many Americans are ready to help this family. Mr Zardari, please catch Maulana Fazlullah as he is threatening the whole family now. His punishment should be exemplary for the whole nation to see.
Saeed Oct 12, 2012 05:22pm
I was against dorne attack. Now I Appel all Pakistani to support the attack. And root out those who call them self champion of Islam. Go Yankee Go .
Sharif ul Islam,Bangladesh Oct 13, 2012 09:49am
The news is of satisfaction.I like to say the authority to punish them in an exemplenary way so that none can dare commit such offence.
Bilal Oct 12, 2012 01:55pm
The whole nation prays for you, GET WELL SOON.
muzammil ullah khan Oct 12, 2012 01:09pm
may GOD help this girl and her courageous family.
adam memon Oct 12, 2012 03:04pm
May Allah bless this girl.No body has right to stop children to go to school.These people are enemy of Pakistan and they should be punished.Once again God bless this little girl.