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Female U.S. Senators demand 'swift justice' against Malala's attackers

Washington, Sun, 21 Oct 2012 ANI

Washington, Oct. 21 (ANI): Fifteen female U.S. Senators have written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, expressing their outrage over the Taliban attack on teen education campaigner Malala Yousufzai and her friends Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz.

The senators called upon the government to bring the attackers to justice and continue working to confront extremism and violence against Pakistani children, reports The Express Tribune.

Malala, 14, who earned international fame for raising voice against Taliban oppression in Swat, was shot in the neck and head and her two friends sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley on October 9.

The senators, led by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman, Senator Dianne Feinstein, said in the letter that an "attack against Malala represented an attack against all women across the world, and must not be tolerated".

"We hope that the Government of Pakistan will continue to work to confront extremism and heinous violence against its own children. We urge you to ensure that the perpetrators of this violence are brought to justice quickly, and that you might also redouble your own efforts to safeguard and advance girls' access to education and opportunities for them to reach their full potential as contributing and productive citizens," the letter stated.

The letter further stated that the world was horrified by the "brazen nature of the attack".

Malala is now recuperating at a hospital in Birmingham, UK. (ANI)

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