Malala Yousufzai. — File Photo

LONDON: Malala Yousafzai will undergo skull surgery within weeks at the British hospital where she is recovering from her injuries, the Pakistani government said on Thursday.

Malala, 15, was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on October 15 after Taliban gunmen shot her in the head as she travelled on a school bus in the northwestern district of Swat.

Her cranial reconstruction surgery will be carried out in late January or early February “as part of her long-term recovery”, said a statement released by the Pakistani High Commission in London.

Dave Rosser, medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said Malala had “continued to make great progress in her treatment”, according to the statement.

It emerged on Wednesday that Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, would become Pakistan's education attache at its consulate in Birmingham.

Yousafzai will initially undertake the role for three years, but could get a two-year extension as his daughter continues her recovery, the Pakistani government said.

Malala first rose to prominence aged just 11 with a blog for the BBC Urdu service in 2009 in which she described life in Swat during the bloody rule of the Taliban.

Her calls for improved education for girls attracted the attention of the Taliban, ultimately leading to the attempt on her life.

Updated Jan 04, 2013 02:35am

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Jan 04, 2013 06:53am
Good wishes to Malala. Is she continuing with her education in Birmingham alongside the treatment?
Nazir K Ali
Jan 04, 2013 04:13am
Malala! You made Pakistanis recognize womens right to education and humane treatment when you blogged for BBC Urdu service. This is exactly what the so-called 'macho' men and extremist elements in our society do not want. The responsibility for this action of shooting girls, falls squarely on the lot of mullahs and the 'jahils' they have planted and cultured in our society. The nation of educated Pakistanis is fully backing you and it is the weak government that is undecided on what to do. However, we civilians will stand up for the defense of womens rights and will also defend Pakistan against the 'jahilliya' that have suddenly sprung up after 1434 years. Salams and hope to see you in Pakistan fully recovered.
Jehan Mir
Jan 04, 2013 05:57am
God bless you Malala.
muzammil ullah khan
Jan 04, 2013 07:30am
Hope this little girl makes a hundred percent recovery .