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Karzai, Zardari discuss attack on schoolgirl

Karzai, Zardari discuss attack on schoolgirl

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Oct 11, 2012 - 13:07

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday night to condemn the shooting of child activist Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani embassy in Kabul said on Thursday.

During the call, Karzai expressed grief and shock over Tuesday’s attack which left Malala and two of her schoolmates injured, said Akhtar Munir, press counselor at the embassy.

Zardari thanked Karzai, saying Malala and her school mates symbolised the children’s quest for educationinfo-icon and social uplift and demonstrated their national spirit to stand up against militants and extremists.

 “The culprits will not escape retribution and will not go unpunished," Zardari said, according to a statement from Munir's office.  

Malala, 14, was shot Tuesday while riding a school bus in the Swat valley.  She is said to be in critical conditions, according to media reports.  

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