Published On : Thu, Apr 30th, 2015

Malala attackers sentenced to 25 years imprisonment


Malala Attackers
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In 2012, the child rights activist was shot in the head by militants when she was returning from her school in Swat district.

The news of a school girl being shot like that had shocked the world and she had been flown to London for surgery. Many opined that her chances of survival were think.

Ten Pakistani Taliban militants were on Thursday sentenced to 25 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court for their  henious attack on the  the teenage child rights activist  Malala Yousafzaiwho last year won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The ATC in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province announced the judgment after trial of the accused, finding ten guilty and handing down 25 years imprisonment to each of them, a district official from Swat said.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants had claimed responsibility of the attack on Malala in October 2012.

Malala, who was 14 at the time, was shot in the head on board her school bus in the Swat valley. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with India’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi for campaigning for children’s rights, despite the risk to her life.

Pakistan army said in September, 2014 it had arrested ten men suspected of the attack. This list
does not include the man named as chief suspect, belonged to the TTP.

Ataullah Khan, a 23-year-old militant, was identified by a police report at the time of the shooting — but he did not appear in the list of ten men convicted.

Malala recovered from her injuries and now lives in London with her family. It is considered too dangerous for her tor return to Pakistan. Last year, she was awarded the Nobel prize, being one of the youngest recipients ever.