Sunday, 14 October 2012

UAE air-ambulance for Malala lands in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: An air-ambulance to fly Malala Yousufzai to United Arab Emirates (UAE) has landed in Islamabad, Geo News reported.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Ambassador to United Arab Emirates had said the Emirati government was sending special plane to Pakistan to airlift Malala back to UAE, but her doctors were yet to decide whether she should be taken abroad for further treatment.

Ambassador Jameel Ahmed Khan further added that the ambulance-plane would leave Dubai at 3:00 AM and land in Pakistan at 6:00 AM.

A a medical team was also on board the plane, a UAE news agency reported on Sunday.

The WAM state news agency said the team would evaluate the condition of education campaigner Malala Yousufzai and facilitate her transfer to a hospital outside Pakistan.

Fourteen-year-old Yousufzai was leaving school in her hometown in the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan when she was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls.

Yousufzai, whose shooting has drawn condemnation from world leaders, was being treated at a military hospital in Rawalpindi.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Said the attack must be "universally denounced."

"The attempt on Malala's life was not only an attack on a defenseless child, it was an attack on her and every girl's right to a future unlimited by prejudice and oppression," he said, according to WAM.

"We must all stand with Malala in promoting tolerance and respect."

The shooting has outraged people in Pakistan, a country seemingly inured to extreme violence since a surge in Islamist militancy began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

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