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Pakistan’s FM: Malala attack possible turning point for Pakistan

October 11th, 2012
05:34 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The Taliban attack on 14-year old Malala Yousafzai has galvanized outrage and support for Malala across Pakistan and around the world.

The teenage blogger is in critical condition after being shot on Tuesday.

The attack on Malala has raised questions about whether Pakistan’s government, its military and its intelligence services are in fact committed to the defeat of Taliban militancy.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, said Pakistani authorities have already made approximately one-hundred arrests in sweeps related to the attack on Malala.

Khar said the “TTP,” (Tehrik-i-Taliban or Pakistani Taliban) has already taken responsibility for the shooting.

She said smaller groups comprise the Pakistani Taliban and previously, one of those groups had intended to attack Malala, but Pakistani authorities were able to detain them before it was carried out.

Khar says the Interior Ministry has informed her it is “very confident” that it will find the perpetrators.

Khar, who is the first woman to hold the post of Foreign Minister in Pakistan, says this is a “wakeup call.”  FULL POST


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