The family of a young girl who was paralysed after a terrorist attack on her school in Karachi this year has appealed to the Pakistani government to provide her the best medical treatment and the same importance given to Malala Yousafzai.
Atiya Arshad Khan,11,was among several schoolchildren injured when unknown terrorists hurled hand grenades at the school in Baldia town area of Karachi in March. The principal of the school was killed in the attack.
My daughter was inspired by Malala but as fate would have it,she herself fell victim to a terrorist attack on her school in March and is now in a wheelchair, Atiyas mother,Amna Bibi,said.
Atiya,who has resumed going to school despite being in a wheelchair with her legs paralysed,said she wanted to continue her studies and follow the example of Malala.
Malala is a brave girl and like her,I know the importance of education. That is why,despite the attack and my illness,I have returned to school, she said.
Atiyas elder brother,Aamir,escorts her to school where fellow students help her enter class. My sister is a very good student. She had gone to school healthy but came back with her legs paralysed. Her mother says she can walk again but treatment is very expensive.
My daughter is also a victim of those who dont want education for girls and she has suffered because of this. I just want the government to give her the same importance as given to Malala and take care of her medical treatment, she said.