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President Asif Ali Zardari. — Photo by Reuters/File

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday inquired after the conditions of the two girls who were also injured during the attack on Malala Yousufzai — Shazia and Kainat, DawnNews reported.

The president moreover ordered the concerned authorities to ensure provision of medical treatment to both girls on the government’s behalf.

He also summoned a report from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on the conditions of the two girls.

Spokesperson to President Zardari, Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president today enquired about the health of Shazia and Kainat and said the quest for knowledge of all these children despite threats had illumined the path for all.

They represented the true face of Pakistan, were a national asset and had raised collective national consciousness against the barbarism of militants and extremists, he said.

President Zardari also prayed for the early recovery of Malala, Shazia and Kainat.

Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday as she was leaving her school in her hometown Mingora, in the Swat valley.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed responsibility for the attack saying she was pro-West and had opposed the Taliban. — DawnNews/APP

Updated Oct 13, 2012 09:45am

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Imran A.
Oct 13, 2012 05:01pm
I have no expectation from Zardari... even crocodile tears and a gesture to instruct that government will provide medical care are huge in my eyes. Thank you SIR GEE!
Khan Usafzai
Oct 13, 2012 05:02pm
Mr. President please get the taxes on overseas phone calls erased ...
Khan
Oct 13, 2012 02:12pm
A president's job is to provide the same protection and treatment to the whole country not just for a few. Could it be just another PR/election stunt?
nadia orakzai
Oct 13, 2012 02:57pm
MR President must watch what is happeinng in tribal areas,thousand of families are killed by taliban and by drone attacks.tribal people are human like malala...thousands of tribal girls are killed.no one never asked.is dat justice to fata people.no single pakistani never slogan against that attack.innocent people are killing every day.they also feel pain like malala parents.they are humans like malala.but no pakistani or even government even care for that tribal people.
Ishrat salim
Oct 13, 2012 04:11pm
Leaving in a bunker....never visited his troops in all these past four years although being a Commander in Chief....
pathanoo
Oct 13, 2012 04:03pm
Ashok, It is happening. Only the Pakistanis refuse to acknoledge it.
Women for Rights
Oct 13, 2012 03:57pm
One last comment ....I personally think it is so sad to know that men choose when to marry off (or give away...or sell) their daughters instead of focusing on how wonderful an education they want for their daughters. Perhaps that should be the MAIN focus of what your president can do for you! To teach all of you that it is not only ok to educate your daughters...but that preventing them from having an education also prevents the men/boys/fathers/brothers/uncles/grandfathers....from benefitting from their knowledge. We all know that the most successful societies are the ones that respect their females. It really can be that simple an answer if you CHOOSE this solution.
A Sheikh
Oct 13, 2012 12:03pm
The guy has nothing do. Finds a way to make news.
Women for Rights
Oct 13, 2012 03:48pm
As for the "president"? My suggestion is be there for the people of your country. NOT JUST MEN! Women/girls are equally deserving of living a life....a happy life...the way they choose to and not the way your MEN/boys have been entitled to control them. This treatment is NOT part of your faith/religion. NO! It is the way you choose to dictate how to treat females. Women around the world know how disgusting and inhumane your country treat women and WE WANT IT TO STOP! Remember....GOD is watching you every single day!!!! And...where is your legal system??? It takes a true leader to defy the evil in society and choose to make a change. No matter the risk to themselves. If you want to leave a legacy behind, then do something positive worth talking about! What has this president done so far to ensure the safey of school children? To enforce a "just" legal system. There must be a "safe" and "fair" society for your people to flourish. That is how you become a successful society/country. To suppress women and girls is NOT the solution but THE problem!!! So....if you are willing to call yourself a president...then act like one and do what is right!
Women for Rights
Oct 13, 2012 03:40pm
This leader is willing to say that these girls are national assets to their country? Who protected them? Which laws exist to protect girls and boys who want to go to school? Every single child on this planet is entitled to an education no matter where they are nor what gender. He didn't even mention that they will put any effort into bringing the scums to justice who tried to silence Malala. The fact that this wonderful young spirit did not die is because God wants her to do HIS work.....and defy those who tried to silence her. Good work Malala!!! You will hopefully be a better president than the current one who failed you! Be strong....your country and the education system need you! You are a TRUE HERO!!!
Saeed
Oct 13, 2012 12:09pm
Crocodile tears.
Murtaza
Oct 13, 2012 02:40pm
Not that I like him, but lets not get overly cynical about everything. He is damned if does announce that the government will take care of the expenses and damned if doesn't.
kausik
Oct 13, 2012 07:39pm
This President is a joke on the country.He is there because of Benazir Bhutto and except offering crocodile tears cannot do anything.People of pakistan deserve better leaders who can articulate their goals.
naeem
Oct 13, 2012 09:07pm
Mr. President, please make a rule that all citizens of Pakistan whether injured by terrorist Taliban's or drones must be treated free. There should be no discrimination between boys or girls or men or women. All such unfortunate victims of crime must be compensated!!!!
Ahmed Khan
Oct 13, 2012 10:54pm
Instead of praying, Zardari should resign from the Presidency. What has he done to curb extremism in Pakistan during the past 4 years except looting more money from Pakistan and promoting and encouraging his friends to do the same! We don't need his prayers !
Ahmed Khan
Oct 13, 2012 10:56pm
May be they should, because we the people and our representatives are gutless. We don't deserve an independent nation because we cannot administer it.
Dilawer
Oct 14, 2012 12:03am
What a joke. Does it even make sense that a President orders treatment. Treatment of injured is a right and it is like saying that now start breathing. What has gone wrong with Pakistan?
Dilawer
Oct 14, 2012 12:06am
Please stop printing the full page pictures of Presidents and the politician on your webpage. You waste valuable space with worthless images. This News does not require a file photo unless you do not know how to fill a page with words.
ashu
Oct 14, 2012 07:07am
Good to see that common people are now raising voice against injustice and religious extremism..it is only the govt, military, intelligence who always kept alive anti Indian sentiment and anti minority sentiments in Pak for their self interest...now common man of pak has to pay price for this...anyway "it is never late to awake for ur rights"....God Bless You Malala...You are not only symbol of courage in Pakistan and among progressive Muslims...but also for the millions of marginalized girls in India from different religion... Prayers of ur Indian brother and sisters are with u...long live Malala
Baseer
Oct 13, 2012 12:55pm
Please qualify your statement. A "coward" president who does not have the nerve to openly condemn the Taliban. He just makes a politically safe statement.
Abu-Salmaan
Oct 14, 2012 03:09am
Why Taliban feel safe to take refuge in the Tribal area and why the same Pakistani laws are not applicable over their? However, the FATA people's children are also children of Pakistan and deserve the same treatment.
ashok
Oct 13, 2012 11:56am
If Pakistan does not annihilate Taliban, Taliban will annihilate Pakistan.
imran
Oct 13, 2012 12:27pm
shameless country!!!!!!!!!!
Tojo
Oct 14, 2012 02:17pm
It's time to permanently end the menace of illiterate Mullahs, the Al-Queda, Talibans & TTP in Pakistan. Unless this is done with seriousness more Pakistani innocent lives are in danger with society itself disintegrating into chaos, and hatred.
Aziz
Oct 13, 2012 11:19am
This is a very correct and long overdue decision. Better late than never! I am sure no one can or should have objections as Shazia and Kainat are also daughters of Pakistan.
ramshankerdubey
Oct 13, 2012 11:03am
what a tragedy , communal powers attack and Presidents order for government's expanse medicine
sali
Oct 13, 2012 11:00am
So, the other two girls complained why they were not getting the same treatment and local hospitals were taking care of them without any visits from state or islamabad, Here comes the fabricated news to make sure that he clears his name.
qaiser
Oct 13, 2012 10:22am
What a country ! a President has to give instruction to do proper medical treatment to the injured.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 13, 2012 10:19am
Acting out of guilt, no doubt. He is good at posing for the cameras. Next stop Bollywood. As my friend Mumaith Khan says, "Always ready for the pose."