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Malala Yousufzai – photo courtesy Nighat Dad
Malala Yousufzai – photo courtesy Nighat Dad

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari accompanied by one of his daughters, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, on Saturday visited Malala Yousufzai at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where the teenage activist is undergoing treatment, DawnNews reported.

The president said the people of Pakistan were proud of Malala and her bravery for not succumbing to terrorist threats.

He further said that Malala had emerged as a symbol of committment for the elimination of terrorism, extremism and sectarianism from Pakistan.

On Oct 9, Yousufzai, 15, was shot in the head by gunmen for raising her voice against the Pakistani Taliban and for allegedly advocating “Western, secular” values.

After receiving treatment at hospitals in Peshawar and Rawalpindi, she was flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where she is currently undergoing medical treatment.

Yousufzai began standing up to the Pakistani Taliban when she was 11, when the Islamabad government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley where she lives to the militants.

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Amjad Wyne Dec 08, 2012 01:03pm
This man did not visit her when she was in Pakistan - what was his need to be in England and who pays for his trips.
independentthinker Dec 08, 2012 09:00pm
President Zardari travels all the way to England to see Malala - at our expense! Instead, he would have served the country better, by going to Karachi and addressing the violence that has become a day-to-day occurrence. Anything to get away from problems - anything! That is our president.
Hasnain Haque Dec 08, 2012 09:04pm
He is the only president in the world who takes his children on official visits, previously it was his son and now his daughter, he never misses an opportunity to promote himself and his family. It is a shame he didnt visit Malala in Pakistan or why didnt his daughter show support for her in Pakistan.
BEA Dec 08, 2012 08:57pm
all for publicity if he had any guts he would stand up to the Taliban and punish the culprits who did this to the poor girl. turning up weks after an event is just to get cheap publicity for himself.
Muhammad Hanif Awan Dec 08, 2012 03:17pm
Well done,,,Mr PRESIDENT