Child peace activist Malala Yousufzai, who is currently recovering in the United Kingdom after a deadly attack allegedly ordered by Maulana Fazlullah, will return to Pakistan her father said on Thursday.
According to a report by the Huffington Post, Ziauddin Yousufzai in his first talk with the media since the shooting said that Malala would return to Pakistan after medical treatment abroad. He dispelled the notion that the family would seek asylum abroad.
“I first laughed at it because all of our sacrifices, my personal (sacrifices), or this attack on my daughter, cannot have such a cheap purpose that we would go to some other country and live the rest of our life there,” he said.
Malala’s father spoke alongside Interior Minister Rehman Malik at the minister’s Islamabad office. Malik promised that the government would protect Malala and her family when they returned, AP reported.
Malik said Malala had asked her father to bring some of her school books with him when he goes to Britain.
‘‘Even while sitting there she is taking care of her schooling,’’ said Malik.
Latest reports on Malala’s condition suggest the teen icon is stable and on the path to recovery.
Information Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Mian Iftikhar said it will take Malala around two months to recover fully. He said she can return to Pakistan only after her complete recovery.
The information minister further added that Malala’s health was improving day by day and that the doctors said her condition was out of danger.
He had earlier met medics treating Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He said the hospital has the most appropriate expertise and experience to treat the injured teenager.