Sitara-e-Shujaat, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards for bravery, will be given to 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban last week for speaking out against the militants, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said.
He also offered a bounty of Rs. 10 crore for Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan, who had claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the teenage rights activist.
Mr. Malik made the announcements after visiting Khushal Public School run by Ms. Yousafzai’s father in Mingora, the main town of Swat Valley, about 160 km from Islamabad.
Mr. Malik also visited Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Ahmed, the two girls who were injured in the attack on Ms. Yousafzai and gave them cash awards.
Speaking at the school, Mr. Malik said Ms. Yousafzai was a symbol of bravery. He called on the students to follow her example.
Earlier, Mr. Malik told the media that security and intelligence agencies were hunting all the persons involved in the attack and had made some arrests. He contended that the assassination attempt was planned by Pakistani Taliban militants based in Afghanistan.
Four men had come from Afghanistan to carry out the attack and one of them had been identified, he said. Some associates of the terrorists and the fiancée of one of the attackers have been detained, he said.
The government is providing security to the families of Ms. Malala and the two other girls.