Malala's best friend keeping fight for girls' education alive in Pakistan

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 02, 2012 11:33 hrs

Islamabad: The best friend of Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai - who was shot by the Taliban for advocating girl's right to education - has said she is praying for her friend and is calling for more education for girls in Pakistan.

"I miss Malala. I am praying for Malala," the Daily Mail quoted 16-year-old Kainat Riaz, as saying.

Malala was shot in the neck and head and two other girls, including Kainat, sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley on October 9. Kainat was shot in the arm during the attack.

While Malala was flown to UK for specialized treatment, Kainat;s treatment continued in Pakistan.

Kainat said she was not afraid to return to school after the attack and is studying hard.

"Education is very important for girls and we need education. More, more, more....Now I am feeling better. I am very happy in my school," she said.

Malala is now being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Dr David Rosser, who is treating the teenager, said Malala would have re-constructive surgery on her skull when she was strong enough, which he said could be 'within weeks'.

A National Peace award winner, Malala earned international fame for raising voice against Taliban oppression in Swat by maintaining a diary on the website of the BBC under the pen name of "Gul Makai", wherein she described the atrocities of the Taliban. 

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