Thousands rallied in support of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot and wounded by the Taliban for criticizing the militant group and promoting girls' education.
The demonstration in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday was the largest by far since Malala Yousufzai and two classmates were shot Oct. 9 while returning home from school in the Swat Valley.
The rally was organized by the most powerful political party in Karachi, the Muttahida Quami Movement. The party's chief, Altaf Hussain, addressed the audience by telephone from London, where is he in self-imposed exile.
Hussain called the Taliban gunmen who attacked Yousufzai "beasts" and said the shooting was an attack on "the ideology of Pakistan."
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that the girl was promoting "Western thinking."
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