(ISLAMABAD) — While a 14-year-old Pakistani girl is responding to treatment for her gunshot wounds at a British hospital, a leading politician at home upped the ante to find those responsible for the attempted assassination of Malala Yousufzai.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting the young activist, who the group regards as an infidel for advocating educational opportunities for girls. If Yousifzai recovers, the Taliban has vowed to kill her.
Hoping to stop that from happening, Interior Minister Rehman Malik is going after Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who boasted of the murder attempt, by offering a $1 million bounty for his capture or death.
Meanwhile, Malik says the hunt continues for the men responsible for shooting Yousufzai in the head and neck.
According to his sources, the interior minister claims the actual plot to shoot the girl was hatched in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, officials at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, said on Tuesday that Yousufzai appears to be responding well to her specialized care and are optimistic of a recovery because her young brain may bounce back from a traumatic injury faster than an adult.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN