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Malala attacker’s sister condemns shooting

The sister of a man accused of shooting Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has condemned her brother’s actions.

Rehana Haleem told CNN that her brother Attah Ullah Khan, 23, had “brought shame on her entire family”.

Ullah Khan is one of three men sought by police in connection with the attack on Malala, 15, in the restive Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan.  

Malala, a renowned rights activist who campaigned for female education in Pakistan, was shot and seriously injured after gunmen linked to the Pakistani Taliban opened fire on her school bus on 9 October.  

The attack was roundly condemned inside and outside Pakistan and Malala was later flown to the UK for treatment.  
She is currently recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.  

In the interview, Mrs Haleem said: “What he did was intolerable. Malala is just like my sister. I’d like to express my concern for Malala on behalf of my whole family; I hope she recovers soon and returns to a happy and normal life as soon as possible.”

She said her brother was responsible for the attack on Malala: “If he was innocent, he would have come back and claimed he was innocent,” she said. “His behaviour is that of a guilty man. How could he abandon us?”

Mrs Haleem – who is 6 months pregnant – and her entire family was arrested by police immediately after the shooting.  She was later released but several other men from the family remain in police custody.

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