The hospital said the teenager had spent a “restful” weekend surrounded by her family, who arrived in Britain last week. It also released a photograph (shown here) at the weekend of Malala’s parents and two brothers gathered around her bedside.—AFP Photo 

LONDON: Pakistan’s interior minister and the foreign ministers of Britain and the UAE visited the English hospital treating shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai on Monday, Britain’s Foreign Office said.

Britain’s Foreign Office said the trio also met with the father of 15-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) gunmen earlier this month for campaigning for girls’ education in an attack that shocked the world.

She was flown from Pakistan on October 15 for treatment at a specialist hospital in Birmingham, central England, in an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“I visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham today to enquire after the health of Malala and to convey messages of good health and best wishes on behalf of the government and the whole Pakistani nation,” said interior minister Rehman Malik.

“We are grateful to the hospital authorities, especially the doctors treating Malala, for taking care of her in a most professional manner. As a result, she has made very good recovery in the past few days.”

He expressed gratitude to Britain and the UAE for their support for Malala, who needs reconstructive surgery after a bullet grazed her brain, coming within centimetres of killing her.

“Malala’s incident should not be seen in isolation,” Malik said. “She is a symbol of courage and determination against the forces of extremist ideology.

“The attack on her was also meant to tarnish the true face of Pakistan and to discourage those struggling for human liberties and for the democratisation of our society.

“Let me reassure our international friends that such acts of cowardice will not deter us, and the whole Pakistani nation stands behind Malala and her cause.”

British foreign secretary William Hague said Malala’s swift recovery was Britain’s “absolute priority”.

“The people of Pakistan have paid a high price from terrorism and extremism,” he added. “We will stand by all those who, like Malala, are courageously defending the rights of women, in Pakistan and around the world.”

The UAE’s foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said his government had provided assistance because its citizens were “appalled” by the attack on Malala’s school bus in the Swat valley, a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold.

“She is in our prayers,” he said. “Malala’s courage inspires us to reinforce our commitment to rejecting ideologies rooted in intolerance and extremism.”

The hospital said the teenager had spent a “restful” weekend surrounded by her family, who arrived in Britain last week.

“She continues to make good progress,” it said in a statement.

The hospital released a photograph at the weekend of Malala’s parents and two brothers gathered around her bedside.

Doctors say the Taliban gunman’s bullet travelled through her head and neck before lodging in her left shoulder.

Before reconstructive surgery, she must fight off an infection in the path of the bullet and recover her strength, which could take months.

Her skull will need reconstructing either by reinserting bone or using a titanium plate.

Malala has received thousands of goodwill messages from around the world.

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, now a UN education envoy, has said he will meet Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on November 9-10 to present him with a list of supporters worldwide for Malala’s campaign for education.

November 10 has been declared a global day of action and some 850,000 people have signed petitions backing Malala’s call for millions of girls to be allowed to attend school.

Malala rose to prominence three years ago, aged just 11, writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service describing life under the Pakistani Taliban’s hardline rule in the Swat valley in northwestern Pakistan.


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Muhammad
Oct 29, 2012 05:54pm
Ufff Media...........
Mukhtyar Tomar
Oct 30, 2012 01:56am
Malala, dear, you are a very courageous person, and a beacon to the girls all over the world. You, at this tender age, have stood your ground in face of the dangers thrown at you by the terrorists who want to keep not only the girls but all women in perpetual bondage. We wish you a speedy recovery, and a very bright future. My family will feel honoured if we could do anything for you and your cause. I am a father to four girls, and i can understand the pain of your parents and brothers. Keep smiling and the world will smile with you. Mukhtyar Tomar, Canada.
kk
Oct 30, 2012 02:09am
My prayer for Malala, May Allah give her health. The message is the life and death is not in the hand of these coward people even from point blank range they didnot sucessful to kill her. They are the worst enemy of human.
Muhammad
Oct 29, 2012 05:53pm
Malala Malala Malala Malala Malala Malala..................?
Raghu S Johar
Oct 29, 2012 05:36pm
It is a great news of joy for all peace loving people of the world irrespective of religion and Nationality. People of the world also request as well expect from all the custodians of Islam specially Imams and Mullas to learn a lesson from this tragedy and start preaching in future love and only love and not hatred to their congregations as per true message of Islam.
iqbal Khan
Oct 29, 2012 07:25pm
May God bless and give you a very long life.We all are proud of you.
safia naz
Oct 29, 2012 05:10pm
malala is a great inspiration for all of us
Sagheer ahmed
Oct 29, 2012 04:48pm
ALLAH wants U to live...live long Malala....its spit on the face of those who stopped Ur way!!!!!ALLAH Bless U Malala.
C. Abdul Kader
Oct 29, 2012 09:40pm
Our daughter or young sister Malala, Assalamu Alaikum and I wish you long life. regarding the brutal assault of black-rock heart carriers amongst the reactionary amuck conservative gunda fascist Mullas against Malala the little flower in Pakistan, let the pak govt arrang all non-school going teenage girls who could'nt even to see in side of school to admit them in school for studying promptly. CEE AL QUASIMI Keral India
veiledcritic
Oct 30, 2012 12:56am
Brave girl. Our prayers are always with her.
Mustafa Razavi
Oct 29, 2012 07:36pm
If the Saudi minister rather than the British minister had visited Malala, it would have completed the trio that recognized the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Of course the common thread between this trio is Britain.
Naseem Akhtar
Oct 29, 2012 08:47pm
Another photo ops for Rehman Maik.
shahidmasud12
Oct 29, 2012 07:29pm
Mr Rehman Malik if you would have performed your duties honestly none of this would have happened , yes you are risponcible because you are the Interior Minister .
Ram Sekhar
Oct 29, 2012 08:51pm
Malala Yousafzai (May her tribe increase) Saw in her dreams a world full of peace She held in her heart, a candle to the angel of knowledge For that they shot her, the inhuman throngs Little did they know what would ensue Girls all over would soon pursue That knowledge and light would soon start to thrive In Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Dera Ismail -based on Abou Ben Adam by Leigh Hunt
rafia
Oct 30, 2012 01:33pm
alhamdulilah , im very happy to know about malala's recovery . our prayers are with you . may you live long life with a lot of ALLAH ALMIGHTY blessing . may our almighty ALLAH protect you . and you have shine our world ...
haroon rooha
Oct 30, 2012 01:33am
Ma ...lala,a national name,is not an arabic name. She stands tall as the picture to unfold,the death of islaam has started.... the end will be swift.the castle of cards build on fear ,ignorance, and judaism has started to crumble.
Abu-Salmaan
Oct 30, 2012 03:08am
Malala is a ray of big hope for all Pakistani girls who stood like a solid rock against the most ignorant Talibans for girls right to education for better life in such a small age. She deserves every tribute to her courageous stand for this noble cause. We pray to Allah for her complete and early recovery. She is pride for the whole humanity. She has already defeated coward Talibans with her strong determination.
Atif
Oct 29, 2012 02:59pm
if the issue of 'rape' in pakistan got half as much attention as this, over the past several weeks, there would be considerable reduction in this particular issue. this little girl (no fault of hers) has been over-projected, over-hyped only to project the non existent general pakistani public sentiment. so much for democracy. this is 'democracy on steroids'.
MBA
Oct 29, 2012 03:04pm
I hope the many Pakistanis now think like these Ministers. As I gathered from several European Newspapers (here in Italy and in Germany, where I live & work), our young Malala and many unnamed activities like her have given a very positive identity to Pakistan. Our country is no more considered as a safe resort for Islamic fanatics only. I hope that the strong reaction in Pakistan against the coward assailants would turn into solid action against the dark forces which are using the holy religion for their evil objectives. .
wahab
Oct 30, 2012 02:13am
her face and looks are changed the poor girl was in comma, once healthy she be back with the same attitude and strength.
Muhammad
Oct 29, 2012 07:56pm
It is good that Malala is in good hands and is recovering. But the empty political statements of Rehman Malik are disturbing. What is the government of Pakistan doing by way of taking care of the Taliban problem? It seems that they are not planning to do any thing about it. A few days back, president Zardari made a statement that the government of Pakistan must carefully take into account the retaliation of Taliban, before taking any action. It is a shameful statement on the part of a president of the country. I will leave the interpretation of this statement to all of you.
Annonymous
Oct 29, 2012 04:10pm
Can someone tell me the background of this whole Malala's Drama.
Muhammad Umer Asif
Oct 29, 2012 03:38pm
We pray for her health and a speed recovery and have all are sympathies with her. But this incident has has seriously damaged Pakistan's image world wide:)
MAB
Oct 30, 2012 07:04am
very very true
Abu-Salmaan
Oct 30, 2012 05:46pm
Mr. Annonymous! By calling it "Malala's Drama" and confessing that you don't know the background of it, why and what happened to outstandingly courageous Malala, you have also put yourself in the category of Ignorants because you can't differentiate reality from drama. I know sometime there can be a drama but if you would have known the background then you would have not called it a drama. Keep yourself informed and use your common sense if you have any!
Rao
Oct 30, 2012 02:52am
It feels very good to see her alive & better....My blessings are for you and I pray for your fast recovery...Malala Yousafzai
usman
Oct 30, 2012 02:36am
we are all proud of malala but she needs our prayers too as she still has to go through some critical surgeries. May God save and protect our wonder child
Jari
Oct 31, 2012 06:24am
Great recovery, still waiting for government strategy and response against Taliban which are the dark age mullahs. When government will come out brave and tell them through down your weapon, come out of Taliban and go to public schools for your education where several malalas will teach them. We need firm action by the government as US government took against KK back in 60's.
Amar Khan
Oct 30, 2012 11:04pm
Malala, I have 2 daughters and 2 boys and very proud of them. I always thanking Allah for giving them to me and the way they are respecting their faith and culture while born and bread in Australia. However, I am similarly proud of your courage and vision for the million of girls in Pakistan especially the poor Pathan girls. Keep doing the good work because keeping a courageous Pathan girl like you down, will never be easy for the animal/s who did this to you. I will be very happy and honored if you ever come to Australia to be our guest in our house and spend some time with my daughters. Amar Khan, Brisbane - Australia.