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Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education, waves as she officially opens The Library of Birmingham. – AFP Photo
Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education, waves as she officially opens The Library of Birmingham. – AFP Photo
Edward Snowden. — File Photo
Edward Snowden. — File Photo

BRUSSELS: European lawmakers have nominated several candidates for the bloc's top human rights prize, including Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

The European Parliament said in a statement late Monday they were among seven nominees for this year's Sakharov prize.

The finalist for the prestigious 50,000 euro ($65,000) award will be chosen next month.

The 16-year-old Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year on her way home from school, was jointly nominated by three caucuses, making her the likely front-runner.

Snowden, who leaked a trove of documents on US surveillance agencies' spying programs, was nominated by the Greens, a smaller pro-environment group.

The prize is considered the Europe's top rights award. Previous winners include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.

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Sam Sep 17, 2013 03:37am

Best of luck Malala

Anees Sep 17, 2013 08:37am

MALALALIZATION goes on.. and on..

Nisar Ahmad Sep 17, 2013 09:29am

Malala is the pride of nation.

Ali Sep 17, 2013 11:53am

What is going on here? How come she has become the darling of Western countries who at one hand are raging war in middle eastern and African countries plus AfPak war and here they pick up one girl out of hundreds and thousands who go through similar hardships to get education is showered so much generosity. Is she the ONLY deserving case of that particular incident? There sure is something/s fishy.

Khan Sep 17, 2013 07:59pm

We are proud of you-Malala. You are the sunshine and light and encouragement to many oppressed Pakistani women.

asid ali Sep 18, 2013 12:23am

we need equal right to all.....

Khan Sep 18, 2013 07:25am

You are light in the life of oppressed Pakistan female. Keep it up Malala

Sunny Boye Sep 18, 2013 11:40am

@Ali ... Dont feel so fishy... Her nomination is symbolic and get honors to all such girls thriving hard for their education...She has spoken for cause of education...

khalid jamil Sep 18, 2013 12:38pm

@Ali: You are right but as she was hit by bullet so people feel sympathy for her ,Allah he izzat daynay wala ha,this wolrd was in need to show a name as a ICON for girls eductaion and they found in shape of Malala.

Abdul Sheikh Sep 18, 2013 06:24pm

She will be fired immediately as soon as she speaks a single word projecting religion Islam.