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Pak child peace activist Malala sent to UK for treatment

Publication Date : 15-10-2012


Young Pakistani peace activist Malala Yousufzai, who was wounded in a Taliban attack last week, was sent to the United Kingdom for treatment, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), DawnNews reported.

The decision to send Malala to the UK was taken after consultations with her family members, according to the TV channel's report.

The Pakistan government is bearing all the expenses for her treatment, the statement further added.

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Swat girl who championed the cause of girls’ education and dared to criticise Taliban’s attack on schools and schoolgoing girls, was shot and seriously wounded on her way home from school in Mingora on October 9. Taliban claimed responsibility for the chilling attack and threatened to target her again and kill her if she managed to survive this time.

Earlier on Monday, an air ambulance had arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to shift Malala abroad as part of the contingency plans.

The government had said that the royal family of the United Arab Emirates had planned to send an air ambulance for the 14-year-old schoolgirl in case doctors decided to send her abroad for treatment.

Meanwhile, an ISPR statement yesterday said that Malala had been taken off the ventilator for a while today, DawnNews reported.

Doctors are continuing to monitor Malala’s condition, military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said yesterday.

“Doctors have reviewed Malala’s condition and are satisfied,” Bajwa added.


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