Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the authorities were searching for the main suspect Attaullah and others involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai.

The Interior Minister while speaking to a US news channel said Malala’s attackers were identified within 24 hours.

Malik added that Malala and her parents could stay in the UK as long as need be and she would be provided fool proof security upon her return to Pakistan.

When asked about the possibility of a military operation in North Waziristan, Malik replied that a military operation was not the solution to the problem.

In a separate interview to a private TV, the Interior Minister spoke of how mobile SIMs had become dangerous weapons. Malik said mobile phones were used in 80 percent of bomb blasts in the country.