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WASHINGTON: Praising Malala Yousufzai as a symbol of courage and determination, the White House has said that it’s committed to working with the Pakistani people for a better future.

In a message on International Day of the Girl, issued on Thursday evening, the White House said the attack on Malala reminded the world of the urgency to work for her cause, education for girls.

“Malala’s courage and determination as a champion for girls’ education and opportunity stands in stark contrast to the cowards who seek to silence her,” the White House said.

“Like so many Pakistanis and people of goodwill around the world, the American people are shocked by this deplorable shooting of a girl who was targeted because she dared to attend school,” the statement said.

“We reaffirm our commitment to working with the Pakistani people towards a future that delivers progress, justice and peace to all its citizens”.

“As we pray for Malala’s recovery, we honour her bravery, we celebrate the accomplishments of girls here in the United States and throughout the world, and we salute the leadership of all those working to advance gender equality”, the White House said.

A day earlier, the White House had offered medical assistance for Malala, if needed. But State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Pakistan had so far not requested any specific assistance.

In a related development, singer Madonna dedicated a song to Malala during her performance on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

“This made me cry,” Madonna said. “The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realise how sick that is?”

The crowd cheered as Madonna shouted, “Support education! Support women.”

At another briefing, US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer said the US had a keen interest in working with Pakistan to address common challenges.

“We feel that working together, we can address concerning issues of extremism and combating terrorism. And we’re always looking for a path forward where our interests meet to see how we can most effectively advance these common interests”, he said.

He noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “very personally involved” in working with Pakistan to advance interests that were important for both countries.

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Munir Varraich
October 13, 2012 7:16 am
American people are quite generous but whatever relationship they want to have with the people of Pakistan has to be based on mutual respect, whether it is education for girls or any other subject. MAV Sweden
amir/omani
October 13, 2012 3:53 pm
well i think attack on malala is a good and enough reason for the govt and military to attack N waziristan or u can say that the govt made a good reason to attack N.W....
adam memon
October 13, 2012 1:24 pm
Good news.Service to humanity is prayer.Due to any reason if some body can not help the poor at least he should pray.God bless this little girl.
Jawad
October 13, 2012 6:49 am
Excellent opportunity, if the control of money satys with US rather than Pakistanis. It can be a trurning point in the history of Pakistan if the focus would stay on "real education to make a good human being on international scale with a balanced thinking without any serious bias" toward religion, race or group etc. It is imperartive to first educate the teachers and qualify them on a very strick internationasl criteria. Stringent criteria to monitor the program again desireable goal mentioned above on quarterly basis and immediate changes, if pass rate is not 80%, yes 80%. Investemnet span over two generations. Otherwise just forget about it!
fahadkhan
October 13, 2012 7:43 am
This is well desicion regarding education side because this is our needs, secondly not only learn education also implement our life
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