'Wake up call for country'
In Islamabad, the National Assembly or lower house of parliament suspended its usual business to discuss the brazen attack on the teenager.
Amidst emotional scenes during a debate, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar described the attack as a "wake-up call" for Pakistan.
"This is a wake-up call for the nation. It demands from us to stand united against the curse of terrorism," Hina said.
The incident symbolised the "clash of two mindsets; the one striving for peace, development, education and peaceful co-existence, and the other desiring to keep the nation in the dark and in the cruel clutches of ignorance and barbarianism", she added.
Image: Supporters of a local political party rally for injured schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, holding a banner on left, "we want peace on our motherland," and the left one reads "attack on Malala Yousufzai is an unsuccessful attempt to destroy peace in the valley," through her home town of Mingora in Pakistan's Swat Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 10.