Islamabad: Canada will offer honorary citizenship to Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
Malala will become just the sixth person to be granted honorary Canadian citizenship after South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, British business magnate Aga Khan and Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, state-run Radio Pakistan reported today.
The 16-year-old activist was shot by the Taliban last year in Swat Valley of Pakistan for speaking out in favour of girls` rights to education and was also in the running for this year`s Nobel Peace Prize. Malala was the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
Last week, she won the European Union`s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize and was welcomed at the White House by US President Barack Obama.
The Pakistani Taliban, however, has said that Malala had done "nothing" to deserve a prestigious EU rights award and vowed to try again to kill her.