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Teenage Pakistani activist shot by Taliban to remain in the UK

Malala Yousufzai has been recovering at a hospital in Birmingham and her father has now been offered a role as Pakistan’s education attache in the city.

Clay lamps burn near a poster of 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in Islamabad.
Clay lamps burn near a poster of 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in Islamabad.
Image: Anjum Naveed/AP/Press Association Images

THE FATHER OF a teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by Taliban for advocating girls’ education has been given a diplomatic post in the United Kingdom.

Malala Yousufzai has been recovering at a hospital in Birmingham, England, after she was shot in October in Pakistan.

The Taliban have vowed to target her again.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, confirmed a BBC report today which said that Malala’s father, Ziauddin, has been appointed Pakistan’s education attache in Birmingham.

The position — with an initial three-year commitment — virtually guarantees Malala will remain in the UK.

Malala’s case won worldwide recognition for the struggle for women’s rights in Pakistan.

In a sign of her reach, the 15-year-old made the shortlist for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012.

Read: Malala Yousafzai to receive Tipperary International Peace Award

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