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Thousands rally for 14-y-o girl shot by Taliban

Sunday, October 14, 2012    

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Tens of thousands have rallied in Pakistan's largest city in support of a 14-year-old girl shot and critically wounded by the Taliban for promoting girls' education and criticising the militant group.

The demonstration in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday was the largest by far since Malala Yousufzai and two classmates were shot October 9 while returning home from school.

The rally was organised by the most powerful political party in Karachi, the Muttahida Quami Movement. The party's chief, Altaf Hussain, addressed the audience by telephone from London, where is he in self-imposed exile.

Hussain called the Taliban gunmen who attacked Yousufzai "beasts" and said the shooting was an attack on "the ideology of Pakistan."

The demonstrators carried the young girl's picture and banners praising her bravery.

The United Arab Emirates plans to send a specialised aircraft to serve as an ambulance for Yousufzai in case doctors decide to send her abroad for treatment, a Pakistani official said Sunday.

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