Washington: Kainat Ahmad, who was injured in the Taliban attack on Pakistani teen education campaigner Malala Yousufzai, and is presently recuperating at a local hospital, described her startled reaction and lingering fears over the attack.
Malala, 14, who earned international fame for raising voice against Taliban oppression in Swat, was shot in the neck and head and two other girls, including Kainat, sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley last Tuesday. Kainat, 16, who was shot in the upper right arm, said she couldn`t sleep for two days after the attack, reports CNN.
"I want to tell you that when I think about what happened, it`s still in my head and sometimes it`s terrifying," she said. The attackers shot a third girl, who also survived. "I want to tell all the girls to continue their mission to get an education," Kainat echoed her friend Malala`s desire.
"Girls`` education here is more important than boys`` because boys can do any sort of work. However, girls can`t just do any sort of job. Girls must have respectful jobs so that they can feel secure," she said and expressed her desire to continue studies.
The attack prompted a strong and united reaction of disgust and anger in Pakistan and many countries across the world.
Anger has been directed toward the Pakistani Taliban, the extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the shooting and said it will again try to kill Malala if she recovers from her injuries. Recalling the horrific incident, Kainat said she was talking to her friend about an Urdu-language exam when a male approached and asked for Malala.
She fainted during the attack and couldn`t describe the shooter. Wishing her friend to get well soon, Kainat said "She was good friends with everyone. I hope Malala gets better as soon as possible and comes back to her country and joins us at school again."