Bullet pierced in Malala head taken out
10 October, 2012
PESHAWAR: The unidentified assailant's bullet that had pierced into Malala head has been taken out by the doctors Wednesday morning, but she still remains unconscious, Geo New reported.
Surgeon Professor Dr. Mumtaz talking to our sources gave this great good news. He said that an operation was conducted at 2.00 A.M. in the night that continued until 5.00 A.M. in the wee hours and the bullet pierced in Malala head, which meanwhile traveling had come to her shoulder, was successfully taken out.
He said that Malala Yusufzai's condition was expected to improve, however, she was still unconscious.
Earlier, Managing Director PIA, Junaid Yunus, told our sources that a makeshift air-ambulance was ready to airlift critically injured Malala to Dubai at the Peshawar Airport, however a medical board was yet make a decision on when she should be flown abroad for further medical treatment.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik issued the order after the medical board of the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar, where Malala Yousafzai's detailed check-up was conducted, recommended that the 14-year old girl be taken abroad for treatment.
According to reports, Malala has suffered a serious cerebrovascular injury after a bullet fired by the Taliban gunman penetrated her skull and stopped dangerously short of her spinal cord. The slug remains lodged in her brain. Excessive swelling of the brain tissue, which followed the injury tied neurosurgeons hands and no surgical procedure could be performed immediately. Doctors are trying to subside the inflammation so that the bullet could be dislodged. Malala was shot from almost a point-blank range.
Therefore, the medical board that conducted the detailed check-up of Malala had advised that she be taken abroad for treatment. Taking her abroad, the board members said, can save her life.
The next four days will be extremely critical for Malala's survival.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed Secretary Interior to make necessary arrangements for shifting Malala Yousafzai abroad.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti has also ordered that Malala be taken abroad for treatment.
In a clear message following the terrorist act, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility of the heinous attack on a 14-year old Malala as she travelled home from school along with other female classmates in a school van.
Two other girls in the car also sustained injuries in the attack but their condition is said to be out of danger.
Meanwhile, the United States on Tuesday denounced a "barbaric" and "cowardly" Taliban attack on a Pakistani teenage children's rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head on her school bus.
"We strongly condemn the shooting of Malala. Directing violence at children is barbaric, it's cowardly, and our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Tuesday condemned the 'cowardly attack on Malala Yousafzai' and offered to bear all expenses of her treatment.
In a twitter message from @ImranKhanPTI, the PTI Chief said: "Deeply concerned about the cowardly attack on Malalai Yiusafzai. Condemned in a press con earlier. Brave girl. Praying for her recovery".
In a second tweet he wrote: "Condemn the brutal terrorists who target anyone including young girls. These governments - fed and prov r culpable of negligence".
He further said in the next tweet that Malala is a courageous daughter of Pakistan who fought against tyranny. PTI stands ready to do whatever it is that is required to help her.
"I have offered to pick up all expenses of young Malale Yousafzai's treatment here and abroad. I stand with the family in this diffucult hour," Imran Khan tweeted.
On the other hand, Minister for Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mian Iftikhar Hussain Tuesday said that Malala Yousafzai was attacked for her dynamic role towards promoting peace and obtainment of education and that it is high time a crackdown on Taliban be launched in North Waziristan and other parts of Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference here, Mian Iftikhar Hussain said according to initial medical report the condition of Malala, the 14-year old girl, is now out of danger.
Admiring Malala Yousafzai's campaign for the promotion of peace and education, the KP Minister assured that any harm drawing near her would be thwarted and a Jihad against terrorism would continue.
Mian Iftikhar said he had been advised to confine his activities within the capital city of Islamabad in view of terror threats.
"It is high time a crackdown on terrorist elements be launched in Waziristan and signals for such an action have also been made by the Federation," he asserted, adding Pakistan, NATO, US and Afghanistan will have to launch a joint offensive for stamping out terrorism from the region.
Malala, 14, who led a campaign for the right to an education in the militants' former stronghold of Swat, is fighting for her life after the attack in which two other girls were wounded.
She was flown to the northwestern city of Peshawar where a team of senior doctors said she was in a critical condition.
Malala won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when Islamist militants burned girls' schools and terrorized the valley.
Tuesday's shooting in broad daylight in Mingora, the main town of the Swat valley, raises serious questions about security more than three years after the army claimed to have crushed a Taliban insurgency.
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP the Islamist group carried out the attack after repeatedly warning Malala to stop speaking out against them.
"She is a Western-minded girl. She always speaks against us. We will target anyone who speaks against the Taliban," he said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Yousafzai received the first-ever national peace award from the Pakistani government last year, and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by advocacy group KidsRights Foundation in 2011.