Islamabad: Pakistani teenage rights activist who was shot at by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, has been sent to Britain for further treatment, according to reports. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban last week for speaking out against them. An air ambulance had arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad to shift the 14-year-old rights activist to Britain for further treatment.
Thousands gathered in Karachi on Sunday to pray for Malala. She was briefly taken off the ventilator. A military spokesperson said she was recovering slowly and steadily.
Malala has been on ventilator since she was shifted from Peshawar to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on Thursday after doctors removed a bullet lodged near her backbone. The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack on Malala, saying she was targeted for espousing Western ideals and secularism.
Meanwhile, a girls school in Karachi named after Malala Yousufzai has been upgraded to higher secondary and its students collected Rs 50,000 to be sent to the parents of the teenage rights activist for her treatment. The Malala Yousufzai Government Girls Secondary School on Mission Road was upgraded to higher secondary on Saturday, Dawn news reported.
(With additional information from PTI)