Key at­tacker of Malala ar­rested: Rehman Ma­lik

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IS­LAM­ABAD

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Rehman Ma­lik has said that the key sus­pect in­volved in shoot­ing 14year-old child ac­tivist Malala Yousufzai, Ataullah along with all the oth­ers has been ar­rested, re­ported BBC Urdu.

Ma­lik said that Ataullah was ar­rested along with his fi­ancée. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Ataullah had crossed over from Afghanistan into Pak­istan, be­fore mak­ing his way to Swat. There, he tracked down his tar­get, in­ter­cept­ing Malala's school van on Oc­to­ber 9, 2012. He fled shortly af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt.

Ataullah, a for­mer Swat res­i­dent, was last week iden­ti­fied by po­lice of­fi­cials as the main sus­pect in the shoot­ing in­ci­dent.

Po­lice said that Khan had been a study­ing for a mas­ter's de­gree in chem­istry prior to opt­ing for mil­i­tancy and had stud­ied for his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in physics at Ja­hanzeb Col­lege in Swat.

The in­te­rior min­is­ter said that the Tehreek-e-Tal­iban Pak­istan had adopted a new strat­egy of car­ry­ing out at­tacks and were now team­ing up with pro­claimed of­fend­ers.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion re­gard­ing hand­ing over of Maulana Fa­zlul­lah, Ma­lik said that the gov­ern­ment had not only spo­ken with Afghan Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai, but a writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion had also been sent out to the Afghanistan gov­ern­ment.

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