Malala Yousafzai telephones Hamid Mir; vows to defeat terrorism
Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, telephoned Hamid Mir, renowned journalist and anchor person for Geo News, vowing to fight together against terrorism.
She called the journalist after he escaped an attempt on his life on Monday. Malala, who is in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, made her first telephone call to Mir, Geo News reported on Tuesday.
"Malala Yousafzai and her father just called me from UK and expressed their solidarity. Malala said that Insha Allah we will defeat terrorists," Mir tweeted.
The anchor escaped an assassination attempt when police defused a bomb planted on the passenger side of his car in Islamabad. Interior minister Rehman Malik has announced a reward of Rs. 50 million for credible information regarding the attempt on the journalist's life.
There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing attempt that apparently targeted Hamid Mir, who hosts one of the country's most-watched political talk shows.
People pointed to the Pakistani Taliban, which had recently singled-out Hamid Mir for criticism over his coverage of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist wounded by militants in October.
Malala, the 15-year-old who became a symbol of resistance of Taliban's anti girl education stand, was shot in the head Oct 9. She came to prominence in 2009 at the age of 11, when she started writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban.
Malala is currently undergoing treatment in Britain and recovering. The Taliban said they had targeted her for promoting secularism.
Earlier on Monday, Malala Yousafzai has been ranked sixth on Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers list.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is ranked fifth on the same list, while US President Barack Obama ranks seventh. The list comprises of individuals who have strived for excellence in their respective fields.
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