Honouring bravery: Malala to receive Sitara-e-Shujaat

Rehman Malik offers $1m bounty for TTP spokesperson.

Fazal Khaliq October 17, 2012


Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday announced Sitara-e-Shujaat for Malala Yousafzai, who is currently receiving treatment in the UK after being targeted in an attack last week.

The civil award for bravery has been conferred on the child activist for publicly speaking out against the Taliban’s tyrannical stance on education for women.

During a visit to Swat, Malik also announced Pride of Performance awards for a doctor, a nurse and two other technicians who helped save Malala’s life during the initial hours after the attack.

He said that three battalions of the Frontier Corps (FC) would be named after Malala and her two school friends Kainat and Shazia, who also sustained injuries when the van they were travelling in was sprayed with bullets by Taliban gunmen.

Answering a question regarding his earlier statement about the government having no plans of launching an operation in North Waziristan, Malik told journalists: “If the Taliban lay down their arms, we can offer them forgiveness.”

He maintained TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud had already been killed and the outfit would now appoint Mullah Fazlullah in his place.

He also offered a $1 million bounty for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, reported the CNN.

“The images of TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan will be issued to the media very soon. Our borders are completely secure with the Army performing its duties vigilantly. There has also been a steady decrease in cross-border skirmishes,” Malik said.

Malik personally donated Rs300,000 to the Swat Press Club and promised Pride of Performance awards would be conferred upon the four journalists who had lost their lives during the militancy in Swat.

Visit to hospital

Malik earlier visited Kainat at the Saidu Group of Hospitals to inquire after her health and ensure she was being looked after well. Her family had previously maintained the government was not providing any assistance, financial or otherwise.

Upon Kainat’s request to provide a job to her unemployed brother, Malik ordered relevant authorities to give him a job at the District Passport Office. He also promised to support Kainat’s future endeavours in medical studies.

Later, Malik visited Khushal School and College, the institute where Malala and her friends study. He said the alma mater would now be upgraded to secondary level.

He also met the administrators of the girls school and directed them to install state-of-the-art computer and science laboratories.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2012.

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S K Afridi | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Our leaders behave like camp followers. Now there is race for honouring the young girl with all sorts of awards. Schools, FC battalions, roads and schools are being named after Malala. What good is this over doing. Will she in any way benefit from the Government's this demonstrative activity. We are in the habit of sky rocketing our leaders and notables usually after their death. We do not give much recognition to our leaders and intellectuals during their life time. The real tribute to any leader in his life time or after his death is to sincerely carry forward his mission. Malala wanted education for every girl. Are we really doing any thing to fulfill the dream of this brave young girl? She got the award from the Government in 2009 and since then nothing has changed in this country.

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