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10 Persons Jailed for Attacking Malala Yousafzai

Malala YousafzaiA Pakistani court has jailed 10 men for life for involvement in the attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai.
Ms Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time, was shot in the head on board her school bus in the Swat valley in 2012, in an attack that shocked the world.
She was awarded last year’s Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for children’s rights, despite the risk to her life.
Officials say the 10 men, who do not include the man named as chief suspect, belonged to the Pakistani Taliban.
Ataullah Khan, a 23-year-old militant, was identified by a police report at the time of the shooting – but he did not appear in the list of 10 men convicted on Thursday.
They were tried in an anti-terrorist court in Swat, in north-west Pakistan.
The BBC‘s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that no local journalists were aware that the court case was taking place, so there is uncertainty as to the exact charges the men were facing and who the witnesses were.
A lawyer from the local District Bar Association told the BBC that “there were no open hearings”.
Those convicted “had a role in the planning and execution of the assassination attempt on Malala”, a police official in Swat told Reuters.

 

Death threats
Pakistani officials believe local Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah ordered the attack. He is thought to be in Afghanistan.
Ms Yousafzai, now 17, was treated for her injuries in the UK and currently lives in Birmingham with her family. They are unable to return to Pakistan because of Taliban death threats.

 

Source: BBC

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