HERAT, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 13, 2012) (REUTERS) - Around 500 Afghan schoolgirls rallied to show their support for wounded 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai on Saturday (October 13) after she was shot by the Taliban earlier in the week.
The teenagers gathered at a high school in western Heart province and chanted "We support Malala!" and "We want the Pakistan government to arrest the perpetrators!".
Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday (October 9) as she was leaving her school in her hometown in the Swat valley, northwest of the Pakistani capital,Islamabad.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said her promotion of education for girls was pro-Western and she had opposed them.
Yousufzai began standing up to the Pakistani Taliban when she was just 11, when the government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley where she lives to the militants.