Girl Shot by Taliban Becomes Hero in Pakistan

Student, 14, who stood up for girls' right to attend school inspires a growing movement.
3:00 | 10/11/12

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And last night we told you about the 14-year-old girl in pakistan that stood up against the taliban so that girls could go to school. They shot her in the head, she is still in critical condition. But this one young heroine has inspired a growing movement in pakistan to unite against the taliban and said, finally, enough is enough. Here's abc's muhammad lila. Reporter: She's become an icon of hope. A courageous young girl now fighting for her life in a military hospital. Malala can be anybody's child. It is not that this thing will stop at one person. Reporter:14-year-old malala yousafzai was shot and nearly killed on her school bus, targeted by the taliban. Her only crime, demanding the right for girls to go to school, something the taliban oppose. The attack has shaken the country, from ordinary pakistanis right to the highest levels of power. Even the head of the country's powerful army visiting her in the hospital saying, "we refuse to bow before terror. This woman fights for women's rights. We spoke to her with malala's story on the front page of every newspaper in the country. How is it that a 14-year-old girl can capture the hearts of a country like this? Because, I think, she represents our dreams. She represents what pakistani majority of people stand for. Reporter: Tonight, as young malala fights for her life, a nation of adults and their chdren are going to bed praying for their new hero. Muhammad lila, abc news, islamabad.

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