Malala petitions Pakistani government after teacher shot dead

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Schoolgirls in Pakistan's Swat Valley go to school under armed guard
Schoolgirls in Pakistan's Swat Valley walk to school under armed guard Photo: ITV News

Visiting Sway Valley last month I saw first hand the courage of the thousands of Malalas and their teachers who each day make the journey to and from school.

This latest shooting is a reminder that the threat they face has not subsided.

The killing of teacher Shahnaz Nazli, 41, bears all the hallmarks of the extreme Islamist militants who shot school girl Malala Yousufzai last October.

Shahnaz was a mother and a primary school teacher: A giver of life and a lover of life.

She was on her way to the government primary school for girls in Shahkas, north-west Pakistan when gunmen fired at her about 200 metres from the school and fled on motorbikes.

Watch my report from Malala's home town here.

Girls attend school in Malala's home town of Mingora
Girls attend school in Malala's home town of Mingora Credit: ITV News

The attack was similar in style and horror to that which Malala Yousafzai endured and survived last year.

Malala is now recovering in Birmingham and last week returned to school here.

She and her father Ziauddin have become the first to sign a petition addressed to the Pakistani President following this latest assassination of teacher Shahnaz.

Read: Malala goes back to school after Taliban attack

Malala with her father Ziauddin on her first day of school in the UK
Malala with her father Ziauddin on her first day of school in the UK

Malala has joined others petitioners calling on the Pakistani government to ensure the safety and security of teachers and girls who want to go to school.

Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, writes: "Malala, her father and other signatories express the demand that the sacrifice of Shahnaz, the school teacher killed yesterday, should not be in vain."

The bombed-out remains of a girls' school in Peshawar
The bombed-out remains of a girls' school in Peshawar Credit: Reuters

The petition reads:

Mourning the death of Shahnaz Nazli, a courageous teacher shot for wanting to ensure girls have the right to go to school, we call on the president and government of Pakistan to end the killings and violence that prevent girls' education and to ensure all girls can go to school.

We call for all girls and all teachers to be protected and given security to enable them to enjoy their basic right to be educated.

You can sign Malala's petition here.