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Malala Yousafzai's father to work in Birmingham

2012-11-24 00:35:56

Malala Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The father of injured Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is to work in Birmingham while his daughter receives treatment in the city.

The 15-year-old was shot in the head on 9 October by the Taliban after campaigning for girls education.

She is currently being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Ziauddin Yousafzai will work at the Pakistan consulate as his daughter undergoes what is expected to be lengthy treatment.

Despite a bullet grazing her brain just above her left eye, doctors have said she could make a good recovery.

She was flown to Birmingham to receive treatment unavailable in her own country.

'Properly look after'

The family have received thousands of cards, gifts and messages of support from well-wishers since arriving in the UK.

Mr Yousafzai is expected to take up a 12-month post as an administrator at the Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham.

A Pakistan High Commission spokesperson said: "The government of Pakistan is responsible for the welfare of Malala and her family while they are in the UK.

"In view of the expected prolonged treatment of Malala in the UK, the Government of Pakistan is thinking about various options to properly look after the family."

Malala was shot in the Swat Valley as she travelled home from school with two friends. The Taliban said she had been attacked for "promoting secularism".

Source: bbc.co.uk

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