Pakistan Holds Day of Prayer for Malala

Young activist shot by the Taliban remains in critical condition
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2012 10:17 AM CDT
Pakistan Holds Day of Prayer for Malala
Pakistani students pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

(Newser) – With Malala Yousufzai hospitalized, people across Pakistan are holding a day of prayer for the teen activist who was shot by the Taliban, reports the BBC. Meanwhile, police in Swat Valley say they arrested three suspects, all between the ages 17 of 22, NBC News reports. The three say the alleged mastermind of the attack is a man called Attaullah, who remains at large.

Malala was transferred to a military hospital yesterday; she's been visited by the country's prime minister and its army chief, while the chief cleric of the country's biggest mosque calls her an "ambassador of peace and knowledge." Her "condition is satisfactory, praise be to God, but the next 24 to 36 hours are critical," says a military rep. "Today is the sacred day of Friday and the entire nation is praying for her health." (Read more Malala Yousafzai stories.)

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