National Peace Award winner Malala Yousufzai injured in firing incident
Yousufzai was shifted to Saidu Teaching Hospital where doctors declare she was out of danger
Malala Yousufzai Swat Profile
Malala Yousafzai born in 1998 in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Malala is known for being a childrens rights activist. At 13 years old she gained notability for championing the cause of the people of Swat by blogging for the BBC in the name of “Gulmakai” under a pseudonym about the atrocities of the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime.
International children’s advocacy group Kids Rights Foundation included Yousafzai among the nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize, making her the first Pakistani girl nominated for the award. South African Nobel laureate, Desmund Tutu announced the nominations during a 2011 ceremony in Amsterdam, Holland, but Yousafzai did not win the prize
Yousafzai lived in Mingora Swat, occupied by the Taliban before the military operation in 2009. During this time, education was banned and many townspeople were executed. Schools were destroyed, and girls’ schools bore the brunt.She wrote a diary for the BBC under the pseudonym of “Gul Makai” where she related the deeds of the Taliban in Swat.
Mingora Swat (October 9, 2012) – Winner of the National Peace Award, Malala Yousufzai was injured along with two other women when unidentified men opened fire on her car in Swat. Yousufzai was shifted to Saidu Teaching Hospital, where doctors declared that she was out of danger.
As the news made rounds, hundreds of people flocked outside the hospital, willing to donate blood to Yousufzai.
Two bullets hit Yousufzai and she received wounds on her neck.
According to Express News correspondent Shireenzada, unidenfitied men approached the car in which Yousufzai was seated and asked the girls sitting with her to identify Yousufzai. When the girls, including Yousufzai, showed reluctance in answering, the gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on her car.
The Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has taken a notice of the incident.Hailing from Mingora, the 14-year-old Yousufzai struggled for restoring peace in Swat and education for girls in the region for which she was awarded the National Peace Award by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
When the Taliban had banned education for females in the district, she kept a diary for the British Broadcasting Corporation and wrote about the misdeeds of militants.
Yousufzai also remained a speaker for the Child Assembly in Swat, which works for child rights in the district. Later on, she was awarded the first National Peace Award by the government of Pakistan on December 19, 2011 for rendering courageous services to promote peace during the mayhem.