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MALALA YOUSAFZAI Pakistan Has Day of Prayer Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo

Pakistan Has Day of Prayer

Pakistan called for a day of prayer on Friday in honor of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who is still fighting for her life after being shot in the head by the Taliban earlier this week. Yousafzai was transferred to an intensive-care unit at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, and doctors say her progress over the next few days is “critical.” The Taliban targeted Yousafzai for “promoting secularism” for her work advocating for better schooling and girls’ rights. On Tuesday, two armed men stopped a van packed with about a dozen schoolgirls and asked them which one was Yousafzai. When she identified herself, he fired three shots, hitting her in the head and injuring two others. Three suspects, aged 17 to 22, were arrested for their involvement with the shooting Friday.

October 12, 2012 6:53 AM