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Malala in the House, plans to launch political party

January 04, 2012

Malala Yousafzai receiving the 'National Youth Peace Prize' by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at the PM House in Islamabad. - APP Photo

KARACHI, Jan 3: The Govt Girls Secondary School, Mission Road, has been renamed as Malala Yousufzai Govt Girls Secondary School with immediate effect, says a notification issued by the Sindh education department on Tuesday.

The 14-year-old girl from Swat, Malala Yousufzai, was on Dec 19, 2011 awarded the first National Peace Award for Youth by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for her services towards promoting girls education in her hometown.

Ms Malala was earlier nominated for the International Peace Prize for Children in South Africa by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, though the award was given to a South African handicapped girl.

Speaking to the media outside the Sindh Assembly building on Tuesday after attending the house proceedings as a special young guest, Ms Malala expressed her wish to form her own political party comprising people working for the cause of education.

“My party will operate in all four provinces,” she said.

Ms Malala expressed her gratitude over the passage of a resolution in the house eulogizing her services, and said she felt extremely happy that a house which passed the Pakistan Resolution recognised her services through the resolution.

“Witnessing the house proceedings is a great honour for me but I have not yet decided to join any political party,” she said while commenting on her experience of watching political leaders in the house.—Agencies