Thanks to an ambitious international press, always eager to report feel-good "human interest" stories, most of the literate world now knows the story of Malala. For anybody who may have been living in isolation for the last week or so, Angelina Jolie's We Are All Malala will get you up to speed.
Ms. Jolie, in addition to Malala, perhaps the Nobel committee might want to consider two other girls named Shazia and Kainat, Malala's companions who when confronted by the Taliban thugs, refused to identify her, and were shot as well. Malala's story is an inspiration no doubt. But the selfless loyalty of her two friends, one of whom remains in critical condition fighting for her life, elevates this story to epic proportions, and defines the meaning of the phrase "I am Malala".
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday inquired after the conditions of the two girls who were also injured during the attack on Malala Yousufzai — Shazia and Kainat, DawnNews reported.
The president moreover ordered the concerned authorities to ensure provision of medical treatment to both girls on the government’s behalf. He also summoned a report from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on the conditions of the two girls.
Spokesperson to President Zardari, Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president today enquired about the health of Shazia and Kainat and said the quest for knowledge of all these children despite threats had illumined the path for all.
"They represented the true face of Pakistan, were a national asset and had raised collective national consciousness against the barbarism of militants and extremists," he said. President Zardari also prayed for the early recovery of Malala, Shazia and Kainat.
Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday as she was leaving her school in her hometown Mingora, in the Swat valley.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed responsibility for the attack saying she was pro-West and had opposed the Taliban. — DawnNews/APP