Pakistan School Renamed for Malala
Girl's parents arrive in Britain to see daughter
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2012 5:51 AM CDT
In this undated photo provided on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 15-year old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai recovers in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.   (AP Photo/University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust)

(Newser) – Pakistani officials are renaming an all-female college in Swat in honor of Malala Yousufzai, the teen activist hospitalized by a Taliban attack. As to the militant group, "we just want to tell them we will not be deterred by their actions," says a local official. "We always want to send a message across the world, that here we want to develop the female gender and we also want females to come forward in society."

For fear of another attack, students at the institution, which provides high school and college education to some 2,000 young women, are concerned about being on camera or even attending school, CNN reports. But, inspired by Malala, they're going anyway. "She sacrificed her life for us, for education, that girls should take education for their bright future," says one student, 17. Meanwhile, Malala's parents have arrived in Britain to see their daughter. "With the nation's prayers she survived the attack and she will surely recover and her health will progress," says her father. She asked him to bring her school books, CNN notes in a separate story.

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Oct 26, 2012 2:12 PM CDT
I'm sure Malal will be pleased. You really want to honor this courageous young woman, and all the other such courageous young women who are beginning to stand up and be heard? ... find the savages who think their interpretation of Islam gives them the right to shoot and kill girls who stand up and declare their intent to educate themselves ... and RUN THEM OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY!
Oct 26, 2012 11:35 AM CDT
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Oct 26, 2012 6:51 AM CDT
Aww, dats nice. HAve they enough schools in Pakistan to accomodate the names of the girls raped, abducted, forced to convert to Islam? " According to the local Sindhi newspaper, Nurse Ripka Masih was forcibly converted to Islam and was made to marry Ghotki’s Manzar Dahar. Following the forced conversion, Ripka and her father Younus Masih filed two separate petitions within the Sindh High Court Sukkur Bench, seeking justice from the Court. Within the petition, Younus Masih has held that his daughter has been forcibly converted to Islam and that Barchoondi’s Pir Mian Aslam was main perpetrator. It is also worth mentioning that Pirs of Barchoondi Mian Aslam have earlier been blamed of pressurizing and forcibly converting Rinkle Kumari."