The Pakistani Taliban has threatened the well-being of two award-winning Pakistani female activists, accusing the women of promoting secularism and being pro-American.
The U.S. State Department awarded Shad Begum, a social worker from Lower Dir, its 2012 International Women of Courage Award in Washington on March 8.
Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl from Swat, in 2011 received Pakistan's National Peace Award for Youth.
A Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan spokesman told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the two women were on the militants' "target list."
The spokesman also threatened retribution against anyone involved in trials of the family of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a daring cross-border raid from Afghanistan into Pakistan by U.S. special forces in May.
Pakistani authorities on March 8 said bin Laden's widows have been charged with illegally entering and staying in Pakistan.
With newsweekpakistan.com reporting