Malala's injured friend vows to continue studies

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 07:40 hrs

Islamabad, Oct 14 (IANS) Undeterred by the Taliban attack earlier in the week, Kainat, a friend and fellow student of Malala Yousafzai, has vowed to continue her studies, and wants to become a doctor to serve the country.

The 14-year-old Malala and her two friends -- Kainat and Shazia -- were shot at in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while they were returning home from school Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting that sparked outrage across the world.

Kainat told Geo News a militant opened fire after identifying Malala, and that she fell unconscious as she saw Malala in a pool of blood.

Praying for Malala's speedy recovery, Kainat has vowed to continue her education.

Kainat's father Riaz told the news channel that the provincial government has contacted him for the medical treatment of his daughter.

Meanwhile, Malala's condition was showing steady improvement, said Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military.

He, however, said Malala was still on ventilator and it would be premature to say anything with regard to its removal.

The two other injured girl students were "also being taken care of at places where they can get best treatment", Bajwa said, without elaborating.

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