Published December 13, 2012
MINGORA, Pakistan – A Pakistani government official says several hundred students have rallied against naming their college after an activist schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, saying the move would be a security risk.
The Taliban shot and wounded 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in October in Mingora, the main town in the northwest Swat Valley, because of her criticism of the militant group and her advocacy for girls' education.
Kamran Rehman, a senior official in Swat, says about 300 students took part in a protest Wednesday at Malala Government Degree College in Mingora. He says they broke a sign with the school's new name, tore down Malala's pictures, boycotted classes and broke the windows of a college bus.
Rehman said Thursday he was investigating whether any particular political group was responsible for the protest.