Taliban targets second feminist schoolgirl

After the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Youzafzai, a second schoolgirl campaigning for women’s rights has been threatened

Hina Khan, 17, is the second schoolgirl to be targeted by the Taliban after promoting women’s rights and pro-education views.

The Khan family have apparently been plagued by militants in the form of phone calls and an ominous red cross marking painted on their door.

Her father, Reyatullah Khan, said: ‘A few days ago when I came out of my house I saw a red cross on the gate but I removed it assuming it might have been drawn by some kids but the very next day it appeared again which really terrified me.’

The family then said that they received a phone call threatening that Hina would be next.  

This follows the shooting of Malala Youzafzai, 14, who was originally attacked earlier this month by the Pakistani Taliban, and is currently recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

‘I am more worried now,’ said Hina. ‘Subsequent threats to my family has made us more insecure.’

These threats occur as plans have been made for Gordon Brown to visit Pakistan, on the November 10, to discuss education for girls with president Asif Ali Zardari.  

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