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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2153

Yousafzai, Ms Malala

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) condemns the contemptible act of attempted murder committed on 9 October 2012 by Taliban terrorists who boarded a school bus in the Pakistani town of Mingora, sought out 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai by name and shot her point blank in the head and neck;

(2) applauds Ms Yousafzai’s advocacy on behalf of gender equality in Pakistan;

(3) expresses particular admiration for Ms Yousafzai’s public speaking debut in September 2008 when, at the tender age of 11 years, she declared in a speech to the media in Peshawar, Pakistan: “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”;

(4) notes media reports that the Taliban have openly claimed responsibility for this despicable attack on Ms Yousafzai and have threatened to try again to assassinate her at the first available opportunity; and

(5) wishes Ms Yousafzai a speedy and complete recovery from her injuries.

Question agreed to.