By Anwar Adnan Jafri, President, CJA Pakistan
Every newspaper, every news channel since Tuesday 9th October – the day when 14 year-old Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by Taliban in Swat district – has kept the incident at the top of their agenda.
The media is flooded with updates and exclusive stories in the said regard. I, in the capacity of News Editor of Pakistan’s largest circulated evening newspaper Daily News (Jang Group of Publications), have carried at least two stories along with the girl’s picture on the front page since then.
People’s views and their emotions have also received extensive coverage across the country. Pop divas and other celebrities the world over dedicated their works to the exceptional courage of the Pakistani child who is fighting death at a local hospital.
Despite undergoing a successful operation which was carried out to remove the bullet from her head, Malala is surviving on a ventilator and, it is believed, will do so for some more time to come.
The neuro surgeon Dr. Mumtaz who headed the team of doctors that removed the bullet from Malala’s head after a five-hour long operation, has expressed hope the girl’s condition will improve in the next few days.
Malala won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC some three years back when militants burned girls’ schools and terrorised the valley.
She received the first-ever national peace award from the Pakistan government last year, and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize.