Pakistan offers $100,000 reward for Taliban gunmen

Featured - October 11th, 2012
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Pakistani authorities announced Thursday that it would give a reward of more than $100,000 for the Taliban gunmen who shot 14-year old Malala Yousafzai, AFP reports.

The children’s’ rights activist was brought to a military hospital in Peshwar where doctors removed a bullet lodged near her spine. Although Yousafzai’s chances of survival improved after the surgery, she remains unconscious and is in a critical state, doctors told the Financial Times. Medics are still observing her before deciding whether to sent her abroad for further treatment, Yousafzai’s uncle Saeed Ramzan told AFP.

The Taliban came under condemnation from around the world for the attack on the girl.

United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon expressed revulsion at the attack and called for “the perpetrators of this heinous and cowardly act to be swiftly brought to justice”.

US President Barack Obama decried the shooting as “reprehensible and disgusting and tragic,” in a statement read by White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Miss Yousafzai won international acclaim when she was 11 for her diary, published by the BBC, chronicling Taliban’s atrocities in the Swat valley. Ban’s spokesman said the UN secretary-general was “deeply moved” by Malala’s courage to fight for education rights.