Outrage over Taliban Gunman’s Attack on Pakistani Teen Activist

On Tuesday Malala Yousufzai, 14 year old teenage girl, was shot by a Taliban gunman after advocating education for girls and criticising the military group. The event sparked outrage across the country and has led to schools closing their doors in protest and hundreds of Pakistanis holding vigils to pray for Malala.

The Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school and shot Malala in her head and neck. She survived the initial shooting and was rushed to hospital where doctors operated to remove a bullet lodged in her neck. While she is out of any immediate danger, she remains in intensive care where doctors are monitoring her condition.

Pakistanis have since taken to the media – both traditional and social – to voice their disgust over the attack. Many are now hoping that some good may come from the attack and it will mark a turning point in Pakistan’s battle against the Taliban and perhaps reduce the amount of public support they have enjoyed in recent years.

Condemned but with no regrets

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has joined the Pakistani people in condemning the attack and called it a “heinous and cowardly act”, but no one’s words have swayed the group as the Taliban not only claimed responsibility for the attack but also vowed to target her again.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that authorities have identified her attackers, but no arrests have been made.

This is not the first time the Taliban has sparked a public outcry. In 2009 a video emerged of militants publicly whipping a woman which led to such public outrage, the Pakistani military were able to launch an attack on the militants in the area.  Some feel that once again this event may be enough of a trigger to allow the military to launch another offensive.

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