Pakistani girl shot by Taliban defied threats for years

DERA ISMAIL KHAN - A 14-year-oldPakistani schoolgirl campaigner shot by the Taliban had defiedthreats for years, believing the good work she was doing for hercommunity was her best protection, her father said on Wednesday.

Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesdayas she was leaving her school in her hometown in the Swatvalley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad.

The Taliban claimed responsibility saying her promotion of education for girls was pro-Western and she had opposed them.