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Ten jailed in Pakistan for involvement in attack on Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistan court on Thursday sentenced four Taliban militants to 25 years in jail for their role in the attack on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

As per Dawn news, the anti-terrorism court in Swat valley announced the judgment after trial of the accused, finding four guilty and handing down 25 years imprisonment to each of them.

Malala was shot in the head by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in her native Pakistan in October 2012 as she was returning from her school in the Mingora town of Swat district. She was attacked for taking up the cudgels for girls’ right to education.

The activist survived the gun shots and recovered after treatment first in Pakistan and later in the UK, where she lives with her family.

The Pakistan Army had said in September 2014 announced that it has arrested 10 men involved in the attack on the education campaigner.

Malala won worldwide acclaim for standing up for the right to education of girls in Swat valley in 2007 when Taliban controlled the region.

The 17-year-old activist, who now lives in Britain, became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in October 2014. She was awarded the Nobel for her global campaign on education.

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