Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said Pakistan`s young children had every right to go to school and hoped the militants who attacked a teenaged activist -- for promoting girls` education -- will be brought to justice.
Malala Yousufzai, 14, the Pakistani peace activist who spoke for the need for girls` education was shot in the head by Taliban militants in Swat Valley.
She was first attended to by Pakistani military doctors and was transferred to the UK for prolonged medical care.
"I think that the people of Pakistan are saying what needs to be said so eloquently now that children, boys and girls, deserve to go to school; they deserve to have the chance to make the best of their God-given potential, to make a contribution to their society," Clinton told the NBC news.
"Any country that doesn`t stand up against extremism in order to protect its children has to really take a hard look, and I think that`s what`s happening in Pakistan," she said.
"I certainly hope so because there are so many thousands of young girls who deserve to go to school, who deserve to have an education, and those who are committing these terrible acts of violence need to be brought to justice," Clinton said.