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The teenagers targeted for murder in Pakistan

Hina Khan tells ITV News of the death threats she has received from the Taliban. Photo: ITV News

She is a teenager.

But she's a target too.

The Taliban want to murder her.

For the second time this month Pakistani militants have their sights set on killing a schoolgirl because she had the temerity to call for more education for girls.

Hina Khan is 17 and went to school today in spite of the multiple death threats her family have received, including phone calls and a red cross painted outside her home.

In an interview with ITV News, Hina says "girls should receive an education and become professionals like a doctor,or a teacher, or an engineer..." -at which point she stops, puts her head in her hand,struggling to compose herself. Then, immediately: "I am not scared of death and I am not scared of these people either".

Remember, this is a 17-year-old who has just seen another teenager almost murdered for exactly the same views.

She is brave beyond her years, but it is Malala she thinks about: "she was a brave girl, as she raised her voice for education. I pray that she gets better soon."

Many in Pakistan do.

Tonight Hina will go to bed in the house with the red sign on the door. Her father has scrubbed it off once but another cross reappeared the next night. There are no troops or police outside her home. She is a soft target for the hard men of the Taliban, for whom age is no barrier to their bullets.

Malala Yousufzai, pictured with gunshot wounds to the head, in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Credit: Reuters

Like 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head on her school bus and is recovering in a hospital in Birmingham, Hina is from the Swat Valley, once a stronghold of Islamic militants, and she has campaigned openly since she was 12, including on Pakistani television, for the right of girls to be educated.

Pakistan already has one of the worst records in the world for educating children, especially girls. The Taliban take that a step further; attacking schools for girls, beheading teachers and, in Malala's case, targeting the children themselves.

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