Malala will return to Pakistan: Father

2012-10-25 16:49
A photograph of Malala Yousufzai at a candlelight vigil in Nepal. (File, AP)

A photograph of Malala Yousufzai at a candlelight vigil in Nepal. (File, AP)

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Islamabad — The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani activist girl who was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman says she'll return home after medical treatment abroad.

Ziauddin Yousufzai's comments were recorded on Thursday by Pakistani state television. He's expected to fly soon to Britain to see his daughter, Malala. It was the first time he has spoken publicly since the 9 October shooting in northwestern Pakistan.

Malala is respected at home and internationally for speaking out against the Taliban's atrocities and for advocating for girls' education.

She was airlifted to a hospital in Britain on 15 October. The Taliban have vowed to kill her, raising questions about whether it would be safe for her to return but her father promised Malala would come back as soon as she's recovered.

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