Doctors treating 14-year-old Pakistani peace icon Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban, have said her condition was 'satisfactory' following a three-and-a-half-hour surgery.
Malala was shot in the neck and head and two other girls sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley on Tuesday.
The TTP said they had shot her because she had "promoted secularism", and that they would target her again if she survives.
The operation, which took place at a military hospital in Peshawar, was successful in extracting the bullet from her body, reports The Express Tribune.
"Earlier, she was under observation and her condition was stable; however, later I got a call from the Combined Military Hospital in the middle of night saying the patient's condition was deteriorating, which forced us to go for surgery around 2 am. Her condition is satisfactory following the surgery," a senior doctor said.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik who had visited Malala at the hospital said a decision to send her abroad for treatment has been postponed.
"She is gradually recovering," Malik said, adding that doctors have put her under observation for 48 hours.
He said that security personnel would be assigned to ensure Malala's safety. In addition, passports for her and her family have been prepared 'in case of an emergency'.
Meanwhile, an airport official said: "A PIA plane which reached Peshawar earlier on Wednesday is on standby, and all necessary medical facilities have been provided on this plane in case she needs to be flown out in an emergency." (ANI)