Pakistani Police Arrests Taliban Members For Shooting Of 14-Year-Old Blogger Malala Yousufzai

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Police in Pakistan have made some arrests in a case where 14-year-old blogger Malala Yousufzai was shot and wounded by the Taliban for supporting the education of girls and the criticizing of the Islamic movement.  Ms. Yousufzai was injured when she was on her way home from school this past Tuesday.  She was injured along with two other girls that were riding in the same car.  The shooting of the young girl was seen as shocking by people around the world.  Ms. Yousufzai has received a lot of support and the country is holding a national day of prayer for her recovery.

Malala Yousufzai

The Taliban claimed that they were responsible for the shooting and justified it by saying that Ms. Yousufzai was promoting “Western thinking.”  The Taliban had been planning for the last 2 months on how to kill Ms. Yousufzai.  The Taliban said that her family ignored repeated warnings for her to stop blogging.

Mingora police chief Afzai Khan Afridi said that arrests have been made in the case, but declined to say how many people were detained and what their role in the shooting was.  The two gunmen that were responsible for the attack was not among the people that were arrested.  However authorities have found out who the people are that were behind the shooting and are working on arresting everybody that are involved.

Ms. Yousufzai was nominated for the 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize.  She was recently upgraded to a satisfactory condition at a military hospital after the shooting.  She went through surgery to remove a bullet that hit her on the skull.  She first started writing for the BBC under a pseudonym when she was 11.  She earned the National Peace Prize in Afghanistan for her articles.

Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said that Ms. Yousufzai was kept sedated on a ventilator until doctors decide to take her off.  Major Bajwa said that her blood pressure is normal and heartbeat is normal.

Ms. Yousufzai attended school in Mingora, which is owned and operated by her father.  The school was reopened on Friday.