Taliban Targets Another Girl in Pakistan

But Hina Khan says the police won't protect her
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2012 3:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Another Pakistani girl has received Taliban threats for supporting women's rights, and her family says the government is doing nothing to protect her, Dawn reports. Hina Khan's family received a phone call warning that "Hina will be next after Malala" Yousufzai—the girl shot by Taliban militants—and a red X was painted on the gate of their Islamabad home two days in a row. It brings back bad memories for the Khans, who fled the Swat district 6 years ago after receiving threats.

"We have already been fighting death since many years when my wife started speaking for women rights and girls' education," said Hina's father. Her mother, Farhat Khan, used to run an NGO and campaign for female empowerment in Swat. Now the family's three daughters and two sons are staying home for their own safety. "We are almost being held as hostages inside our house," said her father. "My family and kids need security, we need nothing else." (Meanwhile, Malala can stand and even communicate.)

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