Several suspects were arrested on Friday for the shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who advocated via blog that a girl has a right to an education in her country.
Malala Yousufzai remains in critical condition at a Rawalpindi hospital after being shot in the neck on a school bus by the Taliban on Tuesday, October 8.
"I have the right of education," she said to a CNN reporter in an interview last November. "I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up."
Prior to her attack, the teenager came into the spotlight through
her blog which highlighted that girls in Pakistan should have the right to
The Taliban is very strict about their policies and Yousufzai's
advocacy of education for girls is a violation. Schools for boys are allowed,
while those for girls are not.
"I want these people who attacked her to learn that women are not all bad," said one girl to a CNN reporter. "They are basically afraid of giving women equal rights because they're afraid of what women can do because they know they can do a lot."
Although the attack has caused an uproar in Pakistan and abroad, the Taliban is not withholding harsh comments about the incident. They have threatened to murder the teenager if she survives.
"We do not tolerate people like Malala speaking against us," said
Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.
After detaining 200 suspects, police has released all but three
who gave statements against one suspect.
The suspect has not been arrested but investigators strongly believe he was a part of the attack.