Peshawar: Child rights activist Malala Yousafzai — who was shot in head by Pakistani Taliban in Swat district on Tuesday — successfully underwent an operation at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) to remove the bullet.
“The bullet has been successfully removed from her head after five-hour long operation, however, she is still in critical condition and could be shifted to abroad,” Dr Mumtaz, a neurosurgeon, told reporters. He added that they were hopeful that Malala’s condition will be improved in next few days.
Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Managing Director Junaid Yunus has said that the arrangements have been completed to shift Malala abroad for treatment.
“We will provide every facility to Malala…our air-ambulance is ready at Peshawar airport to shift her Dubai,” Yunus added.
Many in Pakistan reacted with shock and revulsion to the shooting on Tuesday of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was flown to intensive care in the northwestern city of Peshawar where doctors are struggling to save her life.
Police said two other girls were also wounded in the attack on Malala’s school bus, which the Taliban claimed, saying anyone who spoke out against them would suffer a similar fate.
A team of senior neurosurgeons has been setup at combined military hospital (CMH) which will take the final decision to shift Malala abroad.
Earlier another doctor in Saidu Sharif Medical Complex in Swat’s main town of Mingora had said the bullet penetrated her skull but missed her brain, leaving her out of danger.
Malala won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when the Islamist militants led by radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah burned girls’ schools and terrorised the valley.
She 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.