A 14 year-old girl, shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, is in a stable condition in Peshawar after surgeons worked for hours to remove the bullet.
Malala Yousafzai, a campaigner for girls rights, was gunned down as she left school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley by a single assailant.
Two other girls were injured in the attack, one remains in a critical condition.
The Islamist group, Ehsanullah Eshan, said it targeted the girl because she promoted secularism.
Malala came to public attention after she wrote a diary for BBC Urdu on life under the Taliban after they captured the valley in 2007.
Pupils in Peshawer took time out to pray for her recovery:
“Malala Yousafzai is like our sister. We pray for her earliest recovery and well-being. We also pray that that other students can benefit from Malala’s enlightenment.”
The shooting has sent shock waves through Pakistan and authorities are stepping up security as the Taliban have vowed to attack her again.
Malala who won a national award for bravery and nominated for an international peace prize is now in a battle for her life.