Child Activist Malala’s attackers jailed for 25 years

RSTV Bureau

malalaPakistan’s anti-terrorism court convicted and sentenced four Pakistani Taliban militants to 25 years for their role in the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai. The teenage child rights activist who survived the deadly attack rose to an iconic status. She was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

A year before her Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, Malala was awarded with an inaugural National Youth Peace prize by the government of Pakistan.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants had claimed the responsibility of the attack on Malala in October 2012 for they had opposed her for advocating education among girls. Malala Yousafzai came on the Taliban’s radar after her blogs and interviews were begun to be followed widely not just in the West but also closer home in Swat valley. The valley is considered Pakistan’s Taliban-influenced area bordering Afghanistan.

The 17 years old was shot thrice by a gunman of TTP on 9th October 2012. Though she survived the attack, she remained unconscious for a long time until. She was fully revived by the acute medical experts at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England where she underwent an intensive rehabilitation.

As the incident drew wide international condemnation and concern for the child activist, Pakistan army claimed to have arrested ten men involved in the attack.

After the commencement of trial for nearly one year, an anti-terrorism court in Swat valley announced the judgment after finding four guilty, the local press reported. The court handed all the four accused 25 years in jail.

She first came in to limelight in the year 2007 for standing up against Taliban in Swat valley and advocating right to education for every girl in the region.

After the attack, she has gained a stature of a prominent child rights activists working mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.