Lahore/Islamabad:  Teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, is "not yet out of danger" and is being moved from Peshawar to a top Rawalpindi hospital, authorities said on Thursday, as special prayers were offered across Pakistan for her speedy recovery.

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Malala, 14, is currently in the intensive care unit of a military hospital in Peshawar after doctors on Wednesday removed a bullet lodged near her spine during a three-hour surgery.    


What Malala wrote in her diary in 2009
"I was afraid of going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools," wrote Malala Yousufzai in her diary in 2009.

(Malala wrote the diary for the BBC in Urdu under her pen name Gul Makai.)

On January 3, 2009, she wrote, "I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. I was afraid of going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. Only 11 students attended the class out of 27. The number decreased because of Taliban's edict."

"On my way from school to home I heard a man saying 'I will kill you'. I hastened my pace... to my utter relief he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone."Two days later, she wrote: "I was getting ready for school and was about to wear my uniform when I remembered that our principal had told us not to wear uniforms and come to school wearingnormal clothes instead." "So I decided to wear my favourite pink dress. Other girls in school were also wearing colourful dresses. During the morning assembly we were told not to wear colourful clothes as the Taliban would object to it."The diary turns progressively more grim as the days pass and the Taliban stranglehold tightens.

On January 14, 2009, wrote Malala, "I was in a bad mood while going to school because winter vacations are starting from tomorrow. The principal announced the vacations but did not mention the date the school would reopen." "The girls were not too excited about vacations because they knew if the Taliban implemented their edict (banning girls' education) they would not be able to come to school again. I am of the view that the school will one day reopen but while leaving I looked at the building as if I would not come here again."A day later, she had an interrupted sleep as "the night was filled with the noise of artillery fire and I woke up three times". "But since there was no school I got up later at 10 am afterwards, my friend came over and we discussed our homework. Today is the last day before the Taliban's edict comes into effect, and my friend was discussing homework as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened."

Doctors have said she is improving though her condition continues to be serious.
Malala is being shifted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi from the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar.
"Her condition is not yet out of danger despite improvement. She is being shifted to Rawalpindi," Masood Kausar, Governor of the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, told reporters.
People from all walks of life held demonstrations and candlelight vigils in Lahore and other cities of Punjab province to condemn the Taliban's cowardly act of attacking Malala, who came to prominence after she spoke out for the rights of girls when the Swat Valley was controlled by the Taliban in 2008.
Members of civil society organisations and associations of students, teachers, lawyers, Islamic clerics and doctors offered prayers in different ceremonies for the recovery of Malala.
Several Islamic clerics urged people to observe Friday as "Youm-e-Dua" (day of prayers). The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Malala was targeted for her "pro-West" views and for backing a secular government in Swat, where the army conducted a major offensive in 2009 to flush out militants.

A number of peaceful protests and candlelight vigils were held in Lahore, including at Liberty roundabout, Charing Cross on The Mall Road and in front of the Press Club on Wednesday.
The protesters carried banners and placards bearing inscriptions against the cowardly attack.     The banners and placards featured photos of Malala and slogans like "We all are Malalas," "Jis ka azam sab se nirala, wo hai Malala, wo hai Malala" and "We protest against cowardly attack, we condemn terrorist attack on an unarmed young girl".
Pakistan People's Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a message issued from Strasbourg in France where he was attending the World Forum for Democracy, described Malala as his sister and prayed for her recovery.
"Malala is the sister of every peace-loving Pakistani. She is the daughter of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto," he said.
Bilawal said the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan was the enemy of the country, Islam and humanity. He condemned the attack on Malala and urged those "still living in denial to stand united against the threats Pakistan faced from within."
"It is our duty as Pakistanis to stand with our brothers and sisters and face the menace of terrorism together," Bilawal said.
He lauded Malala for raising her voice for girls' right to education and bravely facing threats from extremists. Condemning the attack, leading rights activist Asma Jehangir said an armed assault on a little schoolgirl had maligned Pakistan's image the world over.
The 14-year-old is a peace activist and a symbol of bravery and all sections of society must unite and raise their voice against the attackers, she said.

In the southern city of Karachi, schoolgirls joined a protest organised by Sahar Foundation and Karachi Youth Study Circle. They said the attack on Malala was an attack on all girls in Pakistan.
Nusrat Pervez Ashraf, wife of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, attended a 'Mehfil-e-Milad' in the Premier's hometown of Gujar Khan, where special prayers were offered for the speedy recovery of Malala, the first recipient of the National
Peace Award.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai phoned President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday night and condemned the attack on Malala and her schoolmates. He expressed grief at the attack, which he described as cowardly.    

Thanking Karzai, Zardari said Malala and her friends symbolised the "quest of our children for education and social uplift and demonstrated the national spirit to stand up to militants and extremists."
Zardari said, "Such incidents of barbarity strengthened the national resolve to fight militants to the finish."
International community condemns attack
The "cowardly" and Taliban attack on 14-year-old drew strong international condemnation as US President Barack Obama termed the assault on the young rights activist as disgusting and tragic.
Obama also offered all possible help including US military air ambulance and treatment.
"I know that the President found the news reprehensible and disgusting and tragic. We strongly condemn the shooting of Malala Yousafzai," Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, told reporters yesterday.
Directing violence at children is barbaric, it's cowardly and our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families, he said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also expressed "outrage" at the life-threatening attack on the girl and is writing to her family to offer his support.
Ban called for the perpetrators of the "heinous and cowardly" attack on Yousufzai to be swiftly brought to justice.
The UN Chief's spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that like others around the world, Ban has been "deeply moved" by Yousufzai's "courageous efforts" to promote the fundamental right to education.
Ban "expresses his outrage and strongest condemnation" over the shooting of Yousufzai as well as two other girls who were injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, responding to reporters, Carney said, "The US has offered any necessary assistance to Malala... US military has agreed to provide air ambulance and medical treatment at a facility suitable for her condition if it becomes necessary".


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