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Malala's father gets diplomatic job in Britain

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 12:20 hrs

London, Jan 3 (IANS) The father of 15-year-old Pakistani teenaged rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban but survived, has been given a diplomatic job in Britain, a daily said Thursday.

Ziauddin Yousafzai has been appointed Pakistan's education attache at the consulate in Birmingham, sources told the Daily Mail.

The job is believed to be for up to three years and virtually guarantees Malala will remain in the country for that duration for medical treatment.

Malala was targeted by the Taliban for her campaign for girl's education in Pakistan.

In October last year, she was shot in the head in an assassination attempt. She was later flown to Britain for specialist treatment at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

While recovering in hospital, she was visited by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

Her father thanked well-wishers for their support.

"She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being," Ziauddin was quoted as saying.

Malala's case drew worldwide attention. She made the shortlist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2012.



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