Teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai,still critical after being shot in the head by the Taliban,was Thursday airlifted to Pakistans top army hospital in Rawalpindi for better post-surgery care as special prayers were offered across the nation for her quick recovery.
Fourteen-year-old Malala,shot in the head by a Taliban fighter in Swat on Tuesday,was flown in a helicopter to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi.
Footage on television showed army personnel transferring Malala on a stretcher from the helicopter to an ambulance. Her head was bandaged and she was on life support system. The ambulance was escorted by army vehicles.
18 militants killed in US drone strike
Eighteen militants,including several foreign fighters,were killed when US drones targeted a compound of a militant commander believed to have links with the Haqqani network and al-Qaeda in northwest Pakistan on Thursday. Twelve people were also injured in Buland Khel area of Orakzai Agency,officials said. A madrassa was being run in the compound.