November 3rd, 2012
08:58 AM ET

Medal of Courage for girls with Malala

Two Pakistani girls who were injured alongside teenage activist Malala Yousufzai will be awarded medals of courage, the country's  prime minister said Saturday.

Malala was shot at point-blank range while on her way home from school October 9. The 15-year-old initially gained international attention in 2009, writing a blog about her life as the Taliban gained a foothold in her home region, in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Rehman Malik said he plans to award the two girls the Sitara e Jurrat, known as the star of courage, the third-highest military award in Pakistan. Kainat Riaz Ahmed and Shazia Ramzan will receive the award, an honor not normally bestowed to civilians.

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  1. saywhat

    Yes and they deserve this honor.
    Our well wishes are for these brave girls.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree completely.
      They are the bravest young ladies I've seen in a while.
      Punishing those responsible would send a message also: education isn't the enemy, ignorance is.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • krm1007 ©™

      All these girls did was go to school. That may sound pretty average anywhere in the world, but believe me it is a BFD in Pakistan.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behind

    Nice Gesture and a good PR move by government,there are thousands in prisons who have done far more to try and change their government into a less corrupt and more democratic society, all put there by the same government that now hands out this award.
    Lets take a look at not military awards for there should be medals and public acclaim when citizens sacrifice to advance all the populaces needs.
    Any society that has to dig up a "military medal" to award, that very fact should set off alarms on what type of society it is.

    November 3, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      So, these girls are undeserving of this honor because it's normally given to the military?
      Because there isn't a medal in existence in Pakistan yet?

      November 3, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. krm1007 ©™

    It appears to me that in most Pakistani society there is respect for womenfolk. Bravo. Let this be an inspiration for the region and islamic nations.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    Not saying recipients do not deserve recognition, think that without all the propaganda hype they would of been no more of interest to governing body than a john doe toe tagged at local mortuary.
    Hows this for a concept if the eurocentrics had not occupied a country they had no right to occupy the odds are this incident would of happened.
    Try to conceptualize a society that only knows how to reward military actions and the system that hands out thr rewards is one of most corrupt andbrutal towards any formof dissent not in its advantage.
    In such a mindset could they who rule or are ruled have minds that could not of found a way of commemorating actions other than inducting them into a military culture.
    That some people most in fact cannot see any higher glory than receiving a military medal in this country. Says a lot about why we love our wars and warrior heros.
    When the medal for peace is awarded to a man who believes in torture as a sociatal good and has increased the military interventio. Into 15 more nations than when he took office I guess the nations populace is about as civilizef as ancient Carthage or Sparta.y his military and is held up to being a man of greatness does the Hitler Youth ring

    November 4, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    krm1007: Have to disagree with you about "Pakistani society has RESPECT for women"! The reason this brave young girl was shot was because SHE spoke out! WOMEN, all women, in these countries are, for the men, only good to produce children, mainly boys! Otherwise they keep their mouths shut, do not get an education, cannot even talk with another man, and cleans up for their, sometimes educated, abusive MEN!!! THIS is these countries history and culture! I have to agree that in this case, the ONLY reason that the other two girls are getting recognition is due to the world wide attention over Malala! While they do deserve OUR praise and respect, this is ONLY a political sham for Pakistan, to make us THINK that they are OK!

    November 4, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • krm1007 ©™

      Pakistani society, there is a lot of respect for women:
      1) That is why we have polygamy in Pakistan. So, we can give our respect to multiple women
      2) We frequently express our respect by gently applying acid to women's faces
      3) We express our stronger form of respect by shooting women
      4) We only shoot people going to western funded schools, and we do not shoot those going to Saudi funded madrasas.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Pure crap.......Give them an award and send them back to the same environment they came closed.....let the. Pakistani society feel good...til the friggin' Taliban's Imams decide these awards defy the holy Scriptures.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    I'm tired of hearing about that Malala. There are lots of people doing good things here in the United States and you don't hear about them all the time. She likes going to school. Big deal.

    November 4, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    To be young and in love has proved fatal for many young girls and boys in parts of north India as an intolerant and bigoted society refuses to accept any violation of its rigid code of decorum, especially when it comes to women. The two teenage girls who were shot dead last week by a cousin in Noida for daring to run away to meet their boyfriends are the latest victims of honour killings, a euphemism for doing away with anyone seen as spoiling the family's reputation. Many such killings are happening with regularity in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. These are socially sanctioned by caste panchayats and carried out by mobs with the connivance of family members.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA.

      With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example.

      November 5, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shay

    I am getting bad vibes reading about Hindus and Indians and their culture. I have read up on them as well and don't like what I see. How can our government be supporting India, a culture so brutal and anti women, children and minorities. I have put in a call to our congressional delegation and emailed them as well opposing any further financial aid/support of any kind to India. We Americans cannot condone such archaic cultures. I urge all Americans to contact their congress people and voice their concerns regarding India.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Carl K

    The attackers came from India and Afghanistan and have escaped back to New Delhi and Kabul where they are being harbored by Indian spy agency

    November 5, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |