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Malala to undergo skull surgery: Pakistan

The operation will be carried out later this month or next month.

TEENAGE ACTIVIST MALALA Yousafzai will undergo skull surgery within weeks at the British hospital where she is recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting attack, the Pakistani government said today.

The 15-year-old was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 15  October after Taliban gunmen shot her in the head as she travelled on a school bus in the northwestern district of Swat.

Her cranial reconstruction surgery will be carried out in late January or early February “as part of her long-term recovery”, a statement released by the Pakistani High Commission in London said.

Dave Rosser, medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, claimed Malala “continued to make great progress in her treatment”.

It emerged on Wednesday that Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, would become Pakistan’s education attaché at its consulate in Birmingham.

Yousafzai will initially undertake the role for three years, but could get a two-year extension as his daughter continues her recovery, the Pakistani government said.

Malala first rose to prominence in 2009, aged just 11, through her blog for the BBC Urdu service. In her posts, she described life in Swat during the bloody rule of the Taliban.

Her calls for improved education for girls attracted the attention of the Taliban, ultimately leading to the attempt on her life.

MORE: Teenage Pakistani activist shot by Taliban to remain in the UK

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