Rehman Malik announces Sitara-e-Shujaat for Malala

Published: October 16, 2012
Malala received a bullet injury in her head and is currently being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ FILE

Malala received a bullet injury in her head and is currently being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ FILE

SWAT: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced that Sitara-e-Shujaat will be awarded to 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for speaking against them, reported Express News on Tuesday.

Malik was in Swat where he visited Malala’s school and announced the award for her. He also visited the other two girls injured in the incident and awarded them money. He also promised them compensation.

The minister, speaking at the school, said that Malala was a symbol of bravery.

Malala received a bullet injury in her head and is currently being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Fazil
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Good move.But Malala deserves more than awards.


  • RizwanTKhan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:53PM

    For unknowingly taking a bullet by Taliban?


  • Nadir
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Thats all well and good, how about a donation to the school? Actually how about some money for all schools in Swat? Actually, speaking of schools, how about pumping loads of money into schools across the country to make them the palaces, the safe houses that they need to be?


  • abc
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:06PM

    Will the government now come to the real issues other than looking for excuses. People are waiting for the interim government and the up coming elections.


  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:12PM

    For the first time, I would applaud Rehman Malik


  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:19PM

    A bravery award for being a terror victim?



  • Hello1
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:23PM

    No denying the fact she deserves the highest award. However, is Mr. Malik authorised to award such honours on his own. I presume there is a laid down official procedure. Must he always try to hog the limelight?


  • x
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:33PM

    So now were getting medals for getting shot. Nicely done.


  • Aristo
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:36PM

    Apprehend the actual shooters, thats your job. Open trial in court and should be asked openly to register once in the minds of the people of Pakistan to clear all confusions.

    Whether (Circumcised or not).


  • Jat
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Wish the Pakistan government had woken earlier and awarded Sitara-e-Security to Malala…


  • Bloom
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:01PM

    very well done, she deserve it


  • Bloom
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:03PM

    give a tamagha e munafqat to IK, PMLN & JI


  • Khan of Cape Town
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Good job. Credit to the Interior Ministor.


  • Pakistani
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:33PM

    I do not understand what this little kid has done……every year thousands of innocent people are killed in this unfortunate country and nobody cares but this little Malala has made the entire nation, the military, media, political parties and surprisingly the entire world crazy…..People grow up we have many more serious issues to be solved rather than Malala


  • Fudge
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:34PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    Why have you not been a terror victim as yet? she is a terror victim because she tried to do something unlike a keyboard warrior like you who can only criticise. If you can’t do anything then at least keep quiet. Thank you. We need more Malalas and less of you. Mind this that what Malala has been doing has nothing to do with drone attacks if that hurts your sentiments.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Citizens of Pakistan are more brave than the law enforcement agencies. This is why more citizens are targeted and killed than the cops.


  • Oct 16, 2012 - 5:40PM

    I think its good step for Sports girls Education in pakistan!! “TALBAN” in Pakistan realy give wrong picture of Islam. “””TALBAN BNN GA ISLAM KA Dushman……””””‘Recommend

  • Oct 16, 2012 - 5:41PM

    its good step!!!!Recommend

  • lahore
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:44PM

    thats quite goodRecommend

  • smj
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @RizwanTKhan: for standing up and speaking for the rights of ignorants like you infront of TTP.


  • shariq
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:14PM

    How dare the whole nation is how comes he has authority to give any one such a recognition. There is not only one Malala in this country. There were more than dozens Malal’s who were killed in Jame Hafsa (Lal Masjid) Shame on YOU


  • Hassan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:27PM

    though i fully respect malalla for her bravery that i cant even do in my 20s which she is able to do in such a young age ……doesn’t anyony feel that we should move on as we have more bigger problems to solve which affect millions in the country and by which man people are suffering way more dreadful than she hasRecommend

  • Wajahat
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:31PM


    No, for standing against them despite the threats, Mr “Khan”


  • Hasan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:35PM

    This is becoming a little too much now… I appreciate her but there are millions here in even poor condition, dying either in the hands of agency/establishment or militnt. Who will care for them? With all due respect to her, she is getting attention not because of our worthless Pak Govt, but the interview to BBC and other western media she gave.


  • VP
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:42PM

    It is absolutely clear now that these so called flag-bearers of Islam is no more than ordinary terrorists who are coward too. Otherwise what is their logic of shooting a gill who is mere 14 years of age (other than fearing her)? It is obvious from the recent examples of Arab spring in middle eastern countries that whenever any cruel dictators start fearing with their unarmed public, with their resilience, their wherewithal and when starts seeing the futility of their principle, danger to their rule and their dogams not standing against the fearless utterances of public, of an innocent girl, they start killing them. This the first mistake which led to end to their rule. Attack on an innocent girl is the start of the end of these uncivilized, narrow minded terrorists.


  • Afridi
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:49PM

    good step malik


  • Mango Man
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:05PM

    While Malala deserves every recognition and applauds she is getting, the govt needs a boot in the back! The priorities seem to be completely misplaced as is wont in the sub-continent! The top priority is to bring the culprits to book and prevent a repeat of such incidents! Today an average Pak citizen needs to protected from these monsters and they should be dealt with an iron fist, not kid gloves!
    RM proves that his priority is to be in the news for the most frivolous and mundane by barking up the wrong tree, like his brethren on this side of the border!


  • David Smith
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Malala: the only man in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan


  • King
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:44PM

    Where was the Sitara-e-Shujaat before ? Why is it that after every incident that takes place then only are our Pakistanis Hero’s awarded or reconized ?


  • Oct 16, 2012 - 10:02PM

    First lot of prayers for your early recovery my dear sister Malal. This award is really an honour for you but you have long way to go to serve the humanity and to uphold the cause of education and you may come accross hundreds of such awards. So my main concern is your early recovery and then your safety because NATION NEEDS YOU MALAL; LONG LIVE


  • maestro
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:29PM

    @mr. righty rightist:

    A bravery award for writing/speaking against terrorists starting at the age of 9 and standing up for girl’s right to education mr. righty in an area where the taliban were trying to block girl’s education. Thats called bravery. Get a clue.


  • DevilHunterX
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:38PM

    And her classmates?


  • Usman
    Oct 17, 2012 - 2:30AM


    For being one of the braves child’s in the whole population of Pakistan. This bravery isn’t even shown by full grown men (Excluding military) and you ask why is she being given an award?


  • gulmina
    Oct 17, 2012 - 10:27AM

    Well done! I am glad the government is honoring our hero’s.


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