Following the deadly attack on child rights activist Malala Yousafzai, another schoolgirl from Swat, Hina Khan, is claiming to have received threats from the Taliban for speaking against them, reported Dawn.com on Monday.
According to the report, the family is worried because no steps have been taken to provide protection to the girl despite several requests for security.
Hina, a student of grade 11, had publicly denounced the acts of the Taliban in 2009. She also held a press conference in 2008 after she got to know that the Taliban were becoming further intolerant towards girls seeking education.
Hina told Dawn.com on Monday that she had left Swat due to security concerns but she fears that she won’t be able to attend school even in Islamabad as she has been continuously receiving threats.
The girl’s father Raitullah Khan told the English daily that his wife Farhat, a social worker, has also started receiving threatening calls since August this year. A few days ago, Raitullah found a red cross painted over his gate but he removed it only to find it re-painted again the next day, the report said.
The next day, he claimed, that he received a call which said that Hina will be next after Malala.
Farhat said that she has personally contacted Interior Minister Rehman Malik and has sent an application to the interior ministry but has received no response. She claimed that the family had moved to Islamabad in 2006 after receiving threats and had been changing residences in Islamabad frequently.