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PUCM Condemns the Attack on Teen Girl Malala

Another daughter of Pakistan, another target of hate and intolerance.

Albert David
Albert David

(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -

Malala Yousufzai
Photo: The Sun

Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) has strongly condemned the attack on 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist, Malala Yousufzai.

During a telephone conversation, Albert David, Executive committee Chairman, said that PUCM strongly condemns the attack on Malala, the teen female student.

Pronouncing it as a barbaric and cowardly act, he said that targeting children is utterly unacceptable and inhumane.

It certainly is one of the hallmarks of Taliban; a fundamentalist Islamic sect that places the subjugation, abuse and control of women very high on their list of political and religious priorities.

As the New York Times reported:

    At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation.

    On Tuesday, masked Taliban gunmen answered Ms. Yousafzai’s courage with bullets, singling out the 14-year-old on a bus filled with terrified schoolchildren, then shooting her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also wounded in the attack. All three survived, but late on Tuesday doctors said that Ms. Yousafzai was in critical condition at a hospital in Peshawar, with a bullet possibly lodged close to her brain.

    A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, confirmed by phone that Ms. Yousafzai had been the target, calling her crusade for education rights an “obscenity.”
    - New York Times

Albert said that it is the duty of the entire world to ensure to make this world safe place for children and to provide all opportunities to develop into future visionaries, free from all social maladies.

He extended best wishes to Malala for a speedy healing and has appealed to the church in Pakistan to stand together in prayers for another daughter of Pakistan who has been a targeted of hate and intolerance.

About Shamim Masih

"I am Christian rights activist and freelancer Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christians rights for the different papers in the world. My aim is to create a peaceful environment in the society and to help eliminate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world."

Shamim Masih was born in Sheikhopura's village and raised in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore majoring in English, Economics and Statistics; he also received a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

As a freelance writer and author, Shamim has written for different papers in the world; his expertise is in writing articles highlighting different social issues. He has served as freelance chief reporter and column writer in “Minority Times” in Islamabad, and a number of Shamim's articles have been published in local papers as well.

You can write to Shamim at this address: shamimpakistan@gmail.com

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