Teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai today continued to be on ventilator
at a military hospital after being shot in the head by Taliban militants though
doctors treating her said her vital signs were normal and her condition was
Rallying behind Malala, people across Pakistan offered special prayers for her
"Malala is still on ventilator...According to the doctors, her condition is
satisfactory and her vitals (signs are) normal," chief military spokesman Maj
Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa told a news briefing in Rawalpindi this evening.
The doctors reduced her sedation so that neurosurgeons could make a "better
Malala responded to stimulus and moved her hands and feet slightly, which Bajwa
described as a sign of "good progress".
No decision has been made by the panel of doctors about removing her from the
ventilator or sending her abroad for treatment, Bajwa said in response to
questions from reporters.
He said authorities had made preparations for all contingencies.
"The panel of doctors is reviewing her condition round the clock but no decision
has been made as yet to send her abroad," he said.
Earlier in the day, the military had said 14-year-old Malala's vital organs are
"intact and working properly".
She is being treated at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi,
where a special team, comprising specialists from abroad and civilian hospitals
and senior doctors of the Pakistan Army, is keeping a vigil on her health round
Malala was airlifted from a military hospital in Peshawar to Rawalpindi on
Thursday after doctors removed a bullet lodged near her spine.
She was shot along with two other girls during an attack by militants on Tuesday
in Mingora, the main town in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat.
Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying that the swelling in Malala's head
had subsided and that she had responded to painful stimulus.
However, her ability to move her limbs continued to be limited though this could
be a side effect of medication, the sources were quoted as saying.
People across Pakistan, especially schoolchildren, continued to offer special
prayers for Malala's recovery. Protests were also organised in several towns and
In the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, lawyers boycotted all courts to
protest the attack on Malala. The protest was organised by the provincial bar
council. Lawyers held meeting to condemn the incident and prayed for Malala.
A similar protest was organised by lawyers' organisations in Lahore, the capital
of the most populous Punjab province.
Lawyers hoisted black flags at court complexes and wore black bands to condemn
In Karachi, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said a school named after
Malala would be upgraded to higher secondary level to honour the teenager's
dream of education for all girls.
He made the announcement when he joined students at the school to pray for
Hundreds of students joined a protest organised by the Balochistan Private
School Foundation outside the Quetta Press Club this morning and condemned the
attack on Malala Yousufzai and her schoolmates.
The students carried posters of Malala and banners inscribed with slogans
denouncing the attack.
Teachers who addressed the gathering said the attack was against the teachings
In another development, President Asif Ali Zardari directed authorities to
provide free medical care to Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Ahmed, the two other girls
injured in the attack on Malala.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said Zardari enquired about the health
of the two girls, who were travelling with Malala in a school van when it was
attacked by militants.
Zardari said the quest for knowledge of these children, despite threats, had
"illumined the path for all".
He added that the girls "represented the true face of Pakistan, were a national
asset and had raised collective national consciousness against the barbarism of
militants and extremists".
Reports from Peshawar said Shazia's condition had improved significantly though
she continued to be in a military hospital.
Kainat, who is at home recovering from a bullet wound, told reporters that she
would continue her education and fulfil her parents' dream of becoming a doctor.