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Successful Surgery For Pakistani Girl Whose Shooting Has Caused Outrage

After several hours of surgery, the girl whose shooting by the Taliban has caused deep anger in Pakistan and has exposed that nation’s “deepest fault line,” is said to be in stable condition.

Malala Yousufzai, our colleague Philip Reeves reports from Islamabad, is surrounded by her family. The BBC says doctors successfully removed a bullet from her head. Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper says doctors have decided she will not need to be sent abroad for more treatment.

As Phil said earlier on Morning Edition, what happened to Malala on Tuesday has led to “one of the most disturbing images to emerge from years of conflict in Pakistan: A 15-year-old girl lies on a hospital bed, with a bullet wound in her head.

“This is her punishment.”

And why has this happened to her?

“Because,” Phil said, “she had the courage to demand the right for girls like her to get an education. Because she criticized violent Islamist militants who want to make sure they can’t.”

Source: NPR

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