ISLAMABAD: Child rights activist Malala Yousufzai had been briefly taken off the ventilator on Sunday and her condition was improving, Express News reported Sunday evening.
According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the decision to take the 14-year-old off the ventilator for a while proved to be successful and an air ambulance was on standby, in case a decision was taken to fly her abroad for further treatment.
Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, talking to Express News at Karachi airport on returning from Dubai today, also confirmed that all preparations were made, if the doctors decide to send her abroad.
ISPR added that there was improvement in Yousufzai’s breathing and that her wounds were healing.
She is being treated at the country’s top military hospital in Rawalpindi and on Saturday she showed signs of improvement by moving her hands and feet.
“Doctors have reviewed Malala’s condition and are satisfied,” military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Sunday.
Earlier AFP reported that the United Arab Emirates had sent an aircraft to fly Yousufzai for further medical treatment, a top official said on Sunday.
“There is an Emirati plane ready to evacuate” 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding she would be flown out once “final preparations are complete.”
Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Jamil Ahmed Khan, told a private Pakistani television network that the young child rights activist would be flown to Dubai for further treatment.
The military had said on Sunday that Malala is making “slow and steady progress” in her recovery.
The shooting of 14-year-old Malala has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers.
Doctors are continuing to monitor Malala’s condition and will carry out a detailed examination on Sunday evening, Bajwa said.
“She is making slow and steady progress which is in keeping with expectations. Recovery from this type of injury is always slow.”
The cold-blooded murder attempt has sickened Pakistan, where Malala came to prominence with a blog for the BBC highlighting atrocities under the Taliban, who terrorised the Swat valley from 2007 until a 2009 army offensive.
Activists say the shooting should be a wake-up call to those who advocate appeasement with the Taliban.