Zardari, daughter visit Malala in British hospital

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 08:22 hrs

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari paid a visit to 15-year-old school girl Malala Yousufzai, who is recovering in a British hospital after she was shot by the Pakistani Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.

"President Zardari, accompanied by his daughter Asifa Bhutto, met with clinicians who have been treating Malala since her admission to the hospital. They were brought up to date on the 15-year-old's medical progress and her future treatment plan," The Dawn quoted the hospital, as saying in a statement.

Zardari also met Malala's family at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where Malala was flown from Pakistan in October following the brutal attack on her school bus.

On Ocotber 9, Malala was shot in the head and neck as punishment for the "crime" of campaigning for girls' rights to go to school.

She miraculously survived the assassination attempt but requires reconstructive surgery after the bullet grazed her brain.

There have been calls for the teenager to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, while the United Nations declared a global "Malala Day" last month to show support for her education campaign.

Malala rose to prominence at the age of 11, by writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service describing life under the Taliban's hardline rule in the Swat valley in northwestern Pakistan.

She was awarded the Pakistani government's first national peace award and was also nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. (ANI)

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