British, Pakistani, UAE ministers visit Malala
Islamabad: The interior minister of Pakistan and the foreign ministers of Britain and the UAE visited Pakistani teen education campaigner Malala Yousufzai, who is being treated at a hospital in Birmingham, according to Britain``s Foreign Office.
The FO said the trio also met with the father of 15-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on October 9 as punishment for advocating girls`` right to education.
She was flown from Pakistan on October 15 for treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK in an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
We are grateful to the hospital authorities, especially the doctors treating Malala, for taking care of her in a most professional manner.
As a result, she has made very good recovery in the past few days," The Express Tribune quoted Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, as saying. He expressed gratitude to Britain and the UAE for their support for Malala, who needs reconstructive surgery after a bullet grazed her brain, coming within centimetres of killing her.
British foreign minister William Hague said: "Malala``s swift and full recovery is our absolute priority. But we are also determined to do all we can to champion education for women and girls in Pakistan.
The people of Pakistan have paid a high price from terrorism and extremism. We will stand by all those who, like Malala, are courageously defending the rights of women, in Pakistan and around the world," Hague added. The UAE``s foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, said his government had provided assistance because its citizens were "appalled" by the attack on Malala.
"She is in our prayers. Malala``s courage inspires us to reinforce our commitment to rejecting ideologies rooted in intolerance and extremism," he said.
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