NEW DELHI: 10 men who attacked Nobel laureate and child activist Malala Yousufzai in 2012 have been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan on Thursday.
The ATC in Swat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkwha area announced life imprisonment to the 10 men (Bilal, Shaukat, Salman, Zafar Iqbal, Israrullah, Zafar Ali, Irfan, Izhar, Adnan and Ikram), the attackers of Malala, who was then campaigning for the education of girls.
In September 2014, the Pakistan Army had claimed of arresting 10 Taliban terrorists involved in the attack on Malala Yousufzai and announced they would be tried under anti-terror laws.
The arrests were made on the basis of the information given by one of the alleged shooters Israrullah who was the first to be arrested.
14-year-old Malala was shot in her head by a Tehreek-e-Taliban gunman while she was travelling on a school bus.
The young girl was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize last year alongside Kailash Satyarthi of India for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights.
After being airlifted to Britain for treatment, Malala survived and recovered from her life-threatening wounds.