» 01/19/2009, 00.00
Swat Valley: Taliban blow up five schools, threaten school girls
Carnage averted because of winter break. The government reiterates its commitment to re-opening schools in March, but the safety of tens of thousands of school girls remains in jeopardy. Another Pakistani fundamentalist group calls on Taliban to reconsider their decision and guarantee instead an education to girls as well.
Young Pakistan activist Malala Yousafzai, "out of danger"
Doctors have removed the bullet lodged in her head and judge her condition stable. The girl, aged 14, was the victim of an Taliban fundamentalist attack she was shot outside her school. Since 2009, with the opening of a blog on the BBC, she has been a symbol of the fight against extremists and for girls' education.
New Taliban attacks, two dead and eight wounded in NWFP
Islamists attack a bus terminal in Kohat. In the Mohmand Agency area a school for girls is demolished. Military lifts daytime curfew in seven Swat Valley towns to let civilians out of their hiding places. The number of displaced people hits the three million mark as the humanitarian emergency continues.
Despite threats from the Taliban, we are working for the good of the country, Pakistani Catholic say
Religious minorities, including the Christian community, are victims of a campaign of intimidation. Fundamentalists want to force conversion and extort money. The executive secretary of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church highlights its commitment to the population and to the topmost principle of the “separation of state and religion.”
Army and Taliban battle it out in “the most dangerous nation in the world”
Commandos assault Piochar where 4 thousand militants are entrenched. Ten dead, among them a six year old girl, in a suicide attack. Rocket attacks on girl’s schools and the sanctuary of a Pashtun poet. A Canadian Minister describes Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal “the most dangerous nation in the world”.
Islamabad, final offensive against the Taliban. One million civilians flee
The provincial government and United Nations announce a humanitarian emergency in Swat Valley. The death toll from the clashes is 170 fundamentalists and 10 soldiers. The United States approves an aid package of 1.9 billion dollars.
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