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A 'Daughter of the Nation'

Signs of support for Malala Yousufzai from around the world.


Last week, 14-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head on her way home from school. The Taliban quickly took credit for the attack, saying that Yousufzai, who blogged about going to school for the BBC, promoted "western thinking." The Pakistani government condemned the attack, and others quickly joined in. According to the Associated Press:

One of the exceptions is the political party that organized Sunday's rally in the southern port city of Karachi, the Muttahida Quami Movement. The party's chief, Altaf Hussain, criticized both Islamic and other mainstream political parties for failing to organize rallies to protest the attack on Malala.

He called the Taliban gunmen who shot the girl "beasts" and said it was an attack on "the ideology of Pakistan."

"Malala Yousufzai is a beacon of knowledge. She is the daughter of the nation," Hussain told the audience by telephone from London, where he is in self-imposed exile because of legal cases pending against him in Pakistan. His party is strongest in Karachi.

From Reuters, other signs of support:

Candles are lit in front of portrait of Pakistani schoolgirl Yousufzai, during candlelight vigil organized by Nepalese Youth in Kathmandu. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A man walks next to a sand sculpture of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban, created by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on a beach in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. (Reuters)
Women supporters of religious political party Sunni Tehreek hold a placard and party flags in support of Malala Yousufzai. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

A student holds a picture of Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban, during a tribute at the Pakistani Embassy in Abu Dhabi. (Reuters)

Students hold pictures of schoolgirl Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban, at a school in Karachi. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.