Malala Yousufzai, the first recipient of Pakistan's National Peace Award for Youth, was hit by two bullets when militants fired at her inside a school bus at Mingora, the main town of the Swat Valley located 160 km from Islamabad. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime had banned girls from attending school in early 2009. During that period, at the age of 11, Yousafzai came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC detailing her life under the Taliban regime, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. She remains unconscious and in critical condition. A group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her.
Published on Oct 12, 2012 by newsxlive