Taliban-Defying Teen Malala Grateful for Global Support

Taliban-Defying Teen Malala Grateful for Global Support

Malala, the teenager being treated in Britain for gunshot wounds inflicted by the Taliban in Pakistan, on Friday thanked her global supporters, one month on from the brutal attack.

Her father added: “I am awfully thankful to all the peace-loving well-wishers who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on Malala, who pray for her health and support the grand cause of peace, education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression.”

The hospital on Friday published photos of Malala sitting and reading a book, while others showed her poring over get-well cards.

Armed men in Mingora, the main town in the Swat valley (northwest Pakistan), shot Malala in the head and shoulder on October 9 after stopping the school bus on which she was travelling.

The attack was claimed by the insurgent Taliban Movement of Pakistan (TTP), allied to Al-Qaeda.

They claimed to have targeted Malala because of her “pioneering role” in calling for girls’ education, and because of her general criticism of the Taliban.

The teenager was transferred on October 15 to the central England hospital, which specializes in the treating British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

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