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Bogus ‘relatives’ turned away from UK hospital treating Malala

Published Oct 16, 2012 11:22am


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A general view of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, on Oct 15, 2012, where Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, was flown for medical treatment. — Photo by AFP

LONDON: Several people claiming to be relatives of Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban, tried to enter the British hospital where she was being treated, an official said Tuesday.

The medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala is in intensive care stressed that the incidents did not create any security concerns and police said nobody was arrested.

“We have had some, I guess I would say, irritating incidents overnight and I understand that a number of people have been arrested but there are no security concerns,” hospital medical director David Rosser told journalists.

“I understand that a number of people turned up claiming to be members of Malala's family – which we don't believe to be true – and have been arrested.”

However a police spokeswoman denied that any arrests were made.

“We are investigating what happened but I can confirm that there were no arrests,” the spokeswoman for West Midlands Police told AFP.

The teenager spent a comfortable first night in the hospital, Rosser said, after she arrived in Birmingham in central England on a flight from Pakistan on Monday.

In an attack which outraged the world, Malala was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last Tuesday as a punishment for campaigning for the right to an education.


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shakil ahmed Oct 16, 2012 03:06pm
Malala,deserve Nobel for peace.
masroor durrani Oct 16, 2012 02:18pm
Those taken in custody must be thoroughly probed from every angle.
nina Oct 16, 2012 04:31pm
She should have been provided security ever since she became a public figure and I don't think her talent or her capabilities should have been publicized knowing the fact we have enemies all around.
adam memon Oct 16, 2012 02:32pm
God bless her and make her happy and healthy long life.
AK Oct 16, 2012 02:26pm
She is my hero, may Allah protect her from Munafiqeens like Taliban......aameen,
Abhimanyu Singh Oct 16, 2012 04:01pm
she should never be sent back to Pakistan she can never be safe... more than 40% of pakistanis like taliban and they will try to kill her. they are more dangerous to her than taliban.
Fawad Khan Oct 16, 2012 07:56pm
''bogus'' relatives.. well done Dawn.. people are so lame.. I'm sure none of these "bogus" relatives had checked on Malala before she gained the fame and world's attention. Suddenly everyone's her relative..
ismail Oct 16, 2012 08:42pm
Israr Oct 16, 2012 08:45pm
I think these reports of suspect Malala visitors may not be true. Why would anyone expose themselves to the British police in this manner if they have any negative intent? These visitors must all be well meaning Pakistanis wo came in the hope of seeing her but were rightly turned away by the hospital administration. I live close to the hospital and was myself planning to take flowers for her but then I thought it will be a pointless visit until she has regained full consciousness.
Khan Afzal Oct 16, 2012 07:20pm
I would like to appeal those who really care about Malala to pray for her speedy recovery and join the cause she is fighting for, education for all without intimidation and violance to get rid of ignorance and darkness so that we can establish a better society where human rights and tolerance exist without any prejudice on the basis of faith and cultural values, which in turn will establish peace and harmony among different people living in our country.
gita Oct 17, 2012 11:12pm
What a pity that even unconscious and lying in a hospital, Malala is a threat to some! God save this child and punish those who wish to destroy a noble mission, in the name of God
Humayun Oct 16, 2012 06:27pm
Malala, I hope the best for you and full recovery. I hope you stand tall again, you write again, you sing again, and to your attackers, I hope you some day become Malala in sense that you follow her in her love for educating girls. Ameen.
Ranjit Oct 16, 2012 06:37pm
May god make Malala the lsource of ight Pakistan (and indeed the rest of the world) so desperatly needs to bring it back from the brink of darkness and destruction. What a brave and courageous example she is already proving to be for those that stand up for basic human rights in the face of overwhelming evel forces. God bless her and others like her throughout the world.
Anony Oct 16, 2012 05:26pm
May you get a speedy recovery Malala. Oct 16, 2012 05:49pm
i agree Oct 16, 2012 05:49pm
she should be in secured place they will try to kill her
satyaprabhu Oct 16, 2012 02:00pm
she is a very important girl for the world ,for the future peace of the the world , we have to save her , let all of us have give our efforts , she was brave enough to fight terror at 14 years bieng a girl, islamik, pakistani, ? great. I APPLAUD HER,
Raza Oct 16, 2012 12:51pm
Shame on them oeople who are trying to get a photo shoot with Malala while she is fighting for her life.
Muhammad Farooq Oct 16, 2012 01:05pm
Hope she recovers speedily and gets adequate security.
Qureshi Oct 16, 2012 01:33pm
Success has many fathers (relatives), failure has none ...
baakhlaq Oct 16, 2012 01:14pm
Causing disturbance to the hospital staff and the patient is no hospitality.
h.a. khokhar Oct 16, 2012 12:58pm
president zardari should have visited malala in the hospitol . or he is also scared of talban ?
naim Oct 16, 2012 11:56am
malala u may b safe immidiatly.andu haveto foght against taliban to save girls
akhter husain Oct 16, 2012 11:45am
Was this attempted to check or find security loop holes? Every thing can be expected by such block-headed people. .
Shahid Niaz Oct 16, 2012 11:45am
To be on the safe side, access to Malala should be strictly controlled.
raika45 Oct 16, 2012 11:58am
It is quite normal in India and Pakistan. No sooner someone is in the limelight ,no matter for what reason dozens of relatives will miraculously crop up.
Muhammad Oct 16, 2012 12:19pm
I guess those who turned up as relatives of Malala, just wanted to see her. They should have known that it is not easy to become her relative all of a sudden in this situation.