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Malala's wounded friend still haunted by attack

Published Nov 10, 2012 10:28am


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A handout picture taken on November 7, 2012, and obtained in London on November 9, 2012, shows injured 15 year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai (L) talking with her father Ziauddin at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in central England. -Photo by AFP

MINGORA: One of the schoolgirls wounded in a Taliban murder attempt on teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said on Saturday she was still haunted by the memory of the bloody attack.

Kainaat Riaz, 16, suffered a hand injury when gunmen attacked her school bus in a bid to kill Malala for the “crime” of promoting girls' education.

Speaking to AFP on the UN-declared “Malala Day” of global action to support the young campaigner and call for better schooling for girls, Riaz said the October 9 attack still made her afraid.

“I am still terrified. I still get tears in my eyes whenever I think of that incident. I saw Malala in the pool of blood in front of me with my eyes,” she told AFP at her home in Mingora, the town in northwestern Swat Valley where the attack took place.

Malala's courage and determination has made her an inspiration for millions and Riaz said she was pleased that despite the Taliban's bid to silence the 15-year-old, Malala's message was being heard around the world.

“She always said that we should do something for girls' education and she did not care about her own life when she was doing this,” she said.

UN education special envoy Gordon Brown, in Pakistan to launch efforts to help the government boost education, phoned Riaz on Saturday to ask about her health and studies.

In Mingora security fears meant Malala's schoolmates could not hold a public demonstration for her, but they marked the UN day with a special assembly and prayers.

“My message on this day for Malala is that the whole nation is praying for her and she will be among us very soon,” Riaz said.


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gunnudidi Nov 10, 2012 11:59pm
God Bless them all.
Muhammad Nov 11, 2012 07:08pm
Pakistani people really believe that anything bad that happens in Pakistan is conspiracy of the West - it is never their own fault.
Muhammad Nov 11, 2012 07:03pm
We have to cover a lot of ground, but at the pace government of Pakistan is moving, we are not going to get any where. This is cancer for Pakistan. You know what cancer does to a person - kills him. So, get ready.
Yawar Nov 10, 2012 01:24pm
"In Mingora security fears meant Malala
maureen kilroy (@mekilroy2) Nov 12, 2012 07:47am
The taliban should be ashamed!
Khalid Khan Nov 12, 2012 12:23am
Who are "them" ? Can you elaburate little bit?
afrem Nov 11, 2012 09:54pm
How do they get away with such hypocrisy???....because of the silence of the majority, that's how. You've got to live in this country as a minority to experience the discriminations and only then you will know why there is so much hypocrisy.
FR Nov 11, 2012 06:26pm
Pakistan is perfect jungle where dramas can be staged very easily with people like you unaware of the world around them. there are thousands of problems but sharmeen will be rewarded for acid attacks on 10 women, hundreds are killed every month in karachi but nothing happens against it except a one line reporting. Millions are suffering at the hands of their exploiters (feudals, establishment,) but no reporting at all. but a staged drama is kept alive in media for weeks and may well continue for months. At the end this creeper will get a share of the money for selling his daughter who even doesn't know about what is happening with here and fools like you will only be used without any gain.
Sue Sturgess Nov 11, 2012 01:18am
Muhammed (PBUH) was strongly in favour of education for girls, so clearly the Taliban followers do not believe in his teachings, yet they pretend to be muslim. How do they get away with such hypocrisy?
Khan Nov 10, 2012 07:16pm
I should hope that from the above full coverage story of Mallala for the previous couple months bring some miraculous changes to those stricken families who do not posess the wisdom of the benefits of education for their kids these days. However, if this is not achieved as an outcome, then this is an absolutely useless story to read over and over again not only in Pakistani media but all around the world.
hashaam ud din Nov 10, 2012 11:18am
All this war on terror, Malala, etc are bogus drama by capitalist world. We Pakistani want Shariah in the hands of " Iran like Clerics".
muhammad Nov 10, 2012 04:01pm
Now what Taliban supporters will say in this regard is this also an international conspiracy?
Rizvi Nov 10, 2012 11:48am
Its alll fake going around. dont you people have mind to view all aspect of this issue.
Muhammad Nov 11, 2012 06:58pm
I am sure Hashaam is a Taliban. Find him and take care of this one first.