The assassination attempt received immediate worldwide media coverage and produced an outpouring of sympathy, along with widespread anger. Protests against the shooting were held in several Pakistani cities the day after the attack. Pakistani officials offered a $105,000 (10 million rupee) reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers. Responding to concerns about his safety, Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin, said “We wouldn’t leave our country if my daughter survives or not. We have an ideology that advocates peace. The Taliban cannot stop all independent voices through the force of bullets.”
World leaders unanimously denounced the attack. United States President Barack Obama found the news of the shooting “reprehensible, disgusting and tragic”.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at a gathering of the Girl Scouts of the USA, said Yousafzai had been “very brave in standing up for the rights of girls” and that the attackers had been “threatened by that kind of empowerment”.United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called it a “heinous and cowardly act”.Pakistan’s president described it as an attack on “civilized people”.
Every girl in Swat is Malala. We will educate ourselves. We will win. They can’t defeat us.
Classmate of Yousafzai, ARY Digital
The singer Madonna dedicated her song “Human Nature” to Yousafzai at a concert in Los Angeles the day of the attack.
“This made me cry,” Madonna said, “The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realize how sick that is?”
Angelina Jolie wrote an article about telling the event to her children, and answering questions like ““Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?”
Through the Women in the World Foundation, Jolie and Tina Brown lauched a campaign to raise money for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Alan Woods mourned the assassination attempt, saying that Yousafzai “was on the side of the oppressed people of Pakistan and Afghanistan and every other country”, going on to claim that she was a sympathiser of the International Marxist Tendency.