Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that cowardly attack on daughter of the nation, Malala Yousafzai, was highly reprehensible and condemnable and the whole nation was grieved over the sad incident and was praying for her early recovery.
Talking to media representatives on his return from his visit to Turkey, Britain and Germany at Allama Iqbal International Airport here, the chief minister said that the Punjab government was prepared to bear all expenditures on medical treatment of Malala Yousafzai, both inside and outside the country. He said those who had fired upon Malala could not even be called human beings, not to talking of being called Muslims.
The CM also telephoned Mahmood-ul-Hassan, the brother of the ambassador of peace and education, Malala Yousafzai, to inquire about the latter’s health. He prayed for the early recovery of Malala and said that the Punjab government was ready to bear all expenditure to ensure the best possible medical treatment for her. If needed, he added, the government was also prepared to send her abroad and bear the expenses as well.
Expressing his sympathy with the brother of Malala, Shahbaz Sharif said that the whole nation was praying for her early recovery.
Earlier, when the CM returned to Lahore from his foreign tour, he became emotional when he talked to the media representatives about cowardly attack on Malala at the airport. The face of the CM visibly reflected the extent of sadness and grief over the tragic incident.
The chief minister paid glowing tributes to the services of Malala Yousafzai for promotion of peace and eradication of extremism, despite her young age. He said that the cruel persons had tried to snatch from us the voice of the daughter of the nation. He said that Malala would soon recover from her injuries, with the blessings Allah Almighty and be again amongst us again.
HRCP: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned as ‘exceptionally cowardly’ a Taliban attack on the young rights activist Malala Yousafzai, hoped for her early recovery and appreciated the urgent attention the government has given to her medical treatment.
In a statement, the Commission said: “HRCP expresses solidarity with Malala Yousafzai and her family and hopes that she will come out of this trial soon. The HRCP also appreciates the urgency and attention Malala received from the government and the medical team treating her.
It defies the belief that anyone will be so brutal and so exceptionally cowardly to attack an unprotected child who is a symbol of innocence and is threatened that if she recovers they will target her again. Words cannot begin to express the condemnation that this merits. This is a new low even for the Taliban. Religious scholars and clerics, parading themselves in the garb of politicians, must reflect on what they have to say to this and indeed what they are prepared to do to prevent this madness that cannot be overly condemned. It is also a wakeup call, if another one was needed, for those pining to appease the extremists and going out of their way to advocate making peace with the Taliban.
The attack should only strengthen the resolve of Malala, civil society, all conscious citizens and the security forces, as it exposes again the barbarism and the utter absence of humanity in the ruthless demons that they are trying to expose and overcome. They should show through words and actions their contempt for the blind hate and the penchant for senseless killings that the Taliban stand for.”
Civil society: Members of the civil society, media and other walks of life met in Lahore on Tuesday and passed a resolution, condemning the attack on Malala Yousafzai.
According to the contents of the resolution, “We, members of the civil society, media and other walks of life strongly condemn and express our grief and anger on the murderous attack on Malala Yousafzai and consider it as an attack on the entire nation and humanity. Banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has accepted the responsibility for the attack. Through this attack, they have delivered a message that they will never accept democratic values, freedom of expression and rights of women, especially their right to education. Their spokesman has also said that they will attack Malala Yousafzai again if she survives. We, as citizens, protest that no clear stance has been taken against terrorism. This has not only affected our way of life but also the future of the entire nation and its people are no longer secure. This monster (terrorism) is destroying our society.
We demand the federal and provincial governments and state institutions to take some decisive action against terrorists.
Awami Party: Activists of the Awami Party along with other civil society organisations and people from different walks of life took to streets on Wednesday to condemn the barbaric assault on a14-year-old girl of Swat valley, Malala by Talibans.
The demonstration followed by a candlelit vigil was staged outside the Lahore Press Club in which a large number of people participated. The civil society activists, led by members including Syeda Deep, Farooq Tariq, Shazia Khan and Imtiaz Khan, prayed for the health, early recovery and long life of Malala Yousafzai.
Two anti-war US activists, including Joe Lombardo and Judy Bellow as well as a large number of students of Institute for Secular Studies, also participated in the demonstration and vigil.
Speakers in their respective addresses stated that things could not go on as usual in Pakistan where terrorism and violence had become the order of the day and 40,000 lives had been lost in the last 10 years alone. They demanded a change in the direction which required a change in the state policy at the highest level following by the strict implementation.
They argued that terrorism could not be defeated in the country till the State and Pakistan-Army ended its policy of differentiating between various Taliban, Jihadi and Sectarian groups. They also stated that there were no good vs bad Taliban, good vs bad Jihadis.
PTI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf senior leader Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri strongly condemned the incident of cowardly attack on Malala Yousafzai in which she along with other three girls were injured. In a statement on Wednesday, Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri paid glowing tribute to the services of Malala Yousafzai for the promotion of peace.