Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.
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OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird dismissed as "despicable Taliban beasts" the gunmen who shot 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan eight days ago, and told the House of Commons Wednesday she served as an inspiration worldwide.
“As we hope and pray for Malala’s speedy recovery, let us reflect on what she has taught us: That whatever sacrifices we’ve had to make to uphold dignity, respect and humanity, each one of us can — and must — refuse to bow before evil,” Baird said. “It is the collective duty of our shared humanity.”
Yousafzai — who is currently being treated for her injuries in the U.K. — was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls.
Her shooting has sparked global outrage and condemnation, including protests and vigils in both the U.K. and Pakistan.
“Tens of thousands of Pakistani men, women and children have turned out to publicly support Malala and her cause. Like Malala, they're fearless, standing up to evil and setting an example for the rest of the world,” Baird said.
Yousafzai is expected to recover after being shot in the head and neck, but will likely require prolonged care.
— with files from Reuters