Malala still on ventilator, people offer spl prayers across Pak
Teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban, was still on ventilator at a top army hospital though her vital organs were "intact and working properly," the military said today, as people across Pakistan offered special prayers for her speedy recovery.
Malala, who along with two of her school friends was attacked by militants on Tuesday in Mingora -- the main town in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, was airlifted from a military hospital in Peshawar to Rawalpindi for better care on Thursday after doctors removed a bullet lodged near her spine.
The condition of the 14-year-old girl, who is still on ventilator in the intensive care unit at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, continued to be satisfactory, a military spokesman said, adding her vital organs were "intact and working properly."
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 school children, continued to offer special prayers for Malala's recovery.
Meanwhile, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, angered by the coverage of its bid to assassinate Malala, has drawn up plans to target Pakistani and international media across the country, BBC said, amid reports that the militant outfit's leadership had decided already two months ago to kill the girl and sent out a hit squad to carry out the job.
Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud issued "special directions" to his subordinates in different cities of Pakistan to target media groups, BBC Urdu reported.
Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf said the brutal attack on Malala has made it clear that the time has come for people to stand together to uproot terrorism from Pakistan.
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