London, Jan 4 (): Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Pakistani teenage activist Malala has been appointed as Education Attaché at Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham, Britain’s largest city where his daughter at present is recovering from gunshot wound at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Sources said the appointment has been made by the Ministry of Education;Yousafzai will initially undertake the role for three years, but could get a two-year extension. This recognition means that the family will be granted the ability to remain in Britain, despite original suggestions that the teenager would return to her home country after she had recovered.
Last month, President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, visited Malala at the hospital. He gave assurance to Ziaududdin that Pakistani government would meet all the expenses of Malala’s treatment and the needs of the family while they were in the UK.
His daughter Malala, 15, was shot in the head by the Taliban in the Swat Valley on October 9 2012. She was shot for promoting secularism and girls’ education. In a critical state, she was moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London from Pakistan by a special well equipped flight.
Doctors in Queen Elizabeth Hospital said the bullet grazed the teenager’s brain when it struck her just above her left eye.
Malala’s case won worldwide recognition for the struggle for women’s rights in Pakistan. In a sign of her worldwide reach, the 15-year-old was short-listed for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012.
Tens of thousands of people have since signed a petition calling for Malala to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
This week, it was announced that she is being honoured with Tipperary International Peace Award from Ireland for her courage that has “proved to be an inspiration around the globe.”
Earlier in 2009, Malala rose to prominence just at the age of 11 with a blog for the BBC Urdu service in which she described life of people and women in Swat during the bloody rule of the Taliban.