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Peace activists carry photographs of gunshot victim Malala Yousufzai during a protest rally against her assassination attempt. — Photo by AFP

RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday said that the condition of Malala Yousufzai, the child activist who was shot by the Taliban in Mingora on Tuesday, was satisfactory, DawnNews reported.

The ISPR said Malala was still on a ventilator at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) and her vital organs were intact and functioning normally. Although, according to the report of the second CT scan, there was slight swelling on her brain's membrane.

“(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator,” the ISPR said in an update.

“A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition,” it added.

A panel of doctors was monitoring the girl's condition.

Earlier on Friday, Director General ISPR, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, had said that “the next 36 to 48 hours” were critical.

General Bajwa had at the time said that a panel of doctors taking care of the injured Malala had described her condition as satisfactory.

“The neurosurgical and intensive care specialists are satisfied with the current condition of Malala Yousufzai, but still the next 36 to 48 hours are critical,” the chief of ISPR had said.

Also on Friday, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Malala, paying tribute to her and her two friends who were also wounded when a gunman boarded their school bus on Tuesday and opened fire.

“It was not a crime against an individual but a crime against humanity and an attack on our national and social values,” he told reporters, pledging renewed vigour in Pakistan's struggle with militancy.

The attack has sickened Pakistan, where Malala won international prominence with a blog for the BBC that highlighted atrocities under the Taliban who terrorised the Swat valley from 2007 until a 2009 army offensive.

Activists say the shooting should be a wake-up call to whose who advocate appeasement with the Taliban. — DawnNews/AFP

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Oct 13, 2012 03:24pm
This should be now an eye opener for the politicians like Imran Khan, who has been advocating appeasement with the Taliban, though the religious extremist parties are justified with their sympathy with the TTP
brighton rodeo
Oct 13, 2012 05:43pm
Wake up call for those who say Talibans are islamic brethren and doing right cause.
Oct 13, 2012 04:59pm
i know you aren't the first one to be shot, but you will be the last to be forgotten. as i sit here showing your picture to my children and talking to her about that gunshot that woke up a whole subcontinent, let me tell this to you: this pain needs no visa. today as i stride past the temple, the atheist falters, i walk in. as the priest utters my daughter's name in his 'archana' chanting, inside, i add in your name too, malala - suku
ali abbas chohan
Oct 13, 2012 05:02pm
I'm blessing for Malala she will recover very soon
Oct 13, 2012 05:58pm
My Bestest prays and wishes are with Malala! INSHALLAH I have Believe on ALLAH will get recover as soon as Possible......
Oct 13, 2012 05:13pm
This was intended as a wake up call from God! Now, if we dont do anything to help ourselves against these demons called the Taliban, then that will be the end of us! This should be a fight to the finish. Its either them or us. The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban!
Adeel Khalid
Oct 13, 2012 01:20pm
Long Live Malala.... Any please think about Dr. Aafia Saddiqi Too !
Mohdudul Huq
Oct 13, 2012 01:20pm
She will recover very soon, Amen.
Vinod Sharma
Oct 13, 2012 01:19pm
Its obvious that the entire world is praying for Malala`s speedy recovery, those cowards that shot her failed, its in Malala`s manzil (destiny) that she did not die, its not her time to go and Allah proved it. But to the government of Pakistan, how on earth can you allow this scrouge to live in your very own house which is Pakistan and to add insult to injury, they are still threatening Malala and her dad, while the powers that be hover in a corner, man I cannot understand this. Our prayers are with you & your family. Vinod, South Africa.
adam memon
Oct 13, 2012 01:12pm
God bless her for early recovery.
Oct 13, 2012 02:58pm
And I also wish speedy recovery for the other two girls children who were wounded along with her. They are all god sent children who espoused the cause of the oppressed children pining for education.
Oct 13, 2012 03:45pm
We wish her early recovery. A child's toughts and expressions are the reflection of GOD. Let's not curb a child's view. With lots of love for this little angle.
Oct 13, 2012 02:30pm
It is a very very painful to see such a courageous 14 year old young girl who get shot on the head by the Taliban. In the name of religion, they are fanatically killing innocents and destroying the stucture of civilization. This heinous attack on Malala is a crime against humanity shocking the world community. This time, Pakistani highly officials, people of all walks of life especially children in school, raised their voice and stood against Taliban inhuman attrorcities. Every sensible person across the world is now praying for the recovery of Malala. Malala taught us a lesson to stand against the inhuman killers and united her country.
Oct 13, 2012 02:56pm
On hearing the news of assassination attempt of the god sent child Malala, I stopped eating for two days and just offered special prayers for her speedy. My prayers are being positively answered and the child is showing signs of recovery through on a slow scale. Of course, she ought to revive and come back afresh to continue her divine mission of education for oppressed female. Just convey this piece of reply to her grief-stricken father - An Indian admirer of this brave and valiant child.
Oct 13, 2012 06:09pm
and it should be an eye opener for IMRAN KHAN as well.................these barbaric stone age taliban need to be bombed...............a use of nuclear device is more appropriate against the true enemies of pakistan and islam..........we should send them to dark ages............where they truly belong.......its time for the nation to stand up against ALL mullahs who believe in some perverted for of ISLAM.
Oct 13, 2012 06:52pm
If the national goal is to save the life of malala then all empty chatter must stop and focus on saving her life even if specilists from west can be cosulted via video,sattelite and new medications can be flown from any country to help her.I do not read these efforts are being made and pakistani public deserves proper information that Govt and treating hospitals are doing everything proper to save the life of this iconic girl fighting for life for education.
Vijay From India/USA
Oct 13, 2012 08:26pm
I am so deeply moved to hear her story and my eyes are filled with tears every time I hear the news about her and people talking about her. She has ashamed all others who just do the lip service in the society and for the country. She is not only a true Pakistani but also a great human being. I respect her a lot and pray to almighty God/Allah/Jesus to bring her back to her family. I firmly believe I can speak on behalf of entire India that whole India supports her, Not only Pakistan needs her but the entire world.
Oct 13, 2012 08:48pm
Suku. You are awesome.
Oct 13, 2012 09:33pm
I just watched Live Malala smiling face on cnn and this young girl with captivating infectious smile and even inspiring elderly Muslim women's interest in education and the faces of brave young girls expressing unity with malala tells me the Govt and authorities are way behind in their reaction to take action against culprits and how can they operate radio and broadcast their intentions without the knowledge of Govt.All religious leaders must come together and strongly condemn TTP actions.
Oct 13, 2012 10:30pm
We wish her early recovery. Muhammad Asif Patent Examiner
Oct 13, 2012 10:52pm
What does "condition satisfactory" mean? Who's satisfaction?
Oct 14, 2012 03:00pm
Malala!! you have to live for the sake of girls of Swat...for whole Pakistani girls!!! please Allah give her health!!!Ameen!
M. Ahsan Shah
Oct 14, 2012 04:58am
very good update news website.
Oct 14, 2012 02:46am
I pray for Malala's and the other two injured girls complete and quick recovery. MALALA is like a star shining even brighter when some ignorant two legged animal tried to kill her.
Sharif ul Islam,Bangladesh
Oct 13, 2012 09:42am
Pakistan is going under various threats specially attack on Malala proves that.To Allah,I pray for her immediate recovery.
Abdul Rehman
Oct 13, 2012 12:49pm
It is rather surprising that no one bothering and neither reporting the condition of2 children who are wounded with Malala
Oct 13, 2012 11:25am
As a father, with two young daughters half a world away I cannot be more impressed at the courage of such a thoughtful literate young woman. Big prayers and love love from Aotearoa - New Zealand
Oct 13, 2012 11:07am
god bless Malala and she may be long lived. every one should pray for betterment and having good health soon
Oct 14, 2012 07:13am
everyone must pray for fast recovery such brave girl .