“The entire gang involved in the murder attempt of Malala Yousafzai, Kainat and Shazia has been busted,” the military said in a statement.
Yousafzai’s father told media outlets in a statement that the arrests were “good news for our family and most importantly, for the people of Pakistan and the civilized world.”
“This is the beginning of the real restoration of the writ of the government, where the rule of law and justice prevails for all,” he added.
Yousafzai was just 15 when she was shot in the head as she traveled to school. The militants targeted her because she advocated for the right of girls in Pakistan – and all over the world – to obtain an education.
Shortly after she recovered, on her 16th birthday, Yousafzai spoke before the United Nations, and said that the terrorists thought they could silence her with a bullet.
“Weakness, fear and hopelessness died; strength, power and courage was born,” Yousafzai said.
In October 2013, Yousafzai was awarded the Sakharov Prize, the most significant human rights prize in Europe. She was also a finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Reuters reported that Yousafzai, who was treated for her wounds in Britain, cannot return to Pakistan because of death threats against her and her family.