Malala plans to sit for her final exams in Swat: Father

Published: October 26, 2012

Malala Yousafzai sitting on her bed and holding hands with her brothers Khushal Khan and Apal Khan and father Ziauddin Yousufzai, at the hospital in Birmingham. PHOTO: AFP

BIRMINGHAM: Malala wants to sit for her final exams in Swat and has asked me to bring her books here, said father of the child rights activist in Birmingham on Friday.

Speaking to media during a press conference with Dr Dave Rosser, Ziauddin Yousufzai said Malala’s survival is a miracle for them.

“There was a time when I told my brother-in-law to prepare for her funeral,” he said.

Malala was attacked by Taliban gunmen in Swat when she was on her way home from school. She was shifted to the UK for her treatment.

Narrating the entire episode to the media personnel, Malala’s father said that his daughter was attacked by “agents of Satan”. He added that soon after the incident, he realised he was surrounded by angels as help poured in from numerous quarters.

Calling the attack a turning point for Pakistan, Ziauddin said that the attack did make “Malala fall, but when she fell, the entire Pakistan rose.”

“Malala is down temporarily, she will rise again,” he added.

Medical treatment

Appreciating the high quality treatment provided to his daughter at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Ziauddin said “Malala got the right treatment, in right place, at the right time.”

Responding to a query why he did not accompany his daughter to the UK, Zaiuddin said he knew Malala was in safe hands. “I was satisfied with the arrangements; we were constantly updated on her progress,” he said.

Thanking Rosser for his contribution in treating Malala, Ziauddin said back in Pakistan, he and his family would wait for his press conference. “We would wait for him to appear on TV and speak about Malala’s condition, he was a source of satisfaction for us and others in Pakistan,” he said.

Father, daughter relationship

Talking about his influence on Malala, Ziauddin said his daughter became an activist at an early age because she has seen him being one.

“My daughter is my companion, we are good friends. She corrects me at times and tells me how to do certain things,” he said.

Sharing the speculated stories he had heard in Pakistan about his daughter’s health, Ziauddin said he is glad he is with her now.

Thanking authorities

Ziauddin appreciated the support extended towards Malala by political leaders, civil society and the international community.

He thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for taking keen interest in his daughter and making all the government resources available to her.

“President Zardari had gone through great tragedies in life himself, his wife was assassinated in Pakistan,” he said.

Speaking about the medical care Malala received in Pakistan, Ziauddin thanked Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as he had instructed authorities to provide his daughter with good care.

The activist’s father also thanked the UAE government, Pakistani media and the UK government for their role in providing relief to Malala and supporting her cause.

Reader Comments (45)

  • Oct 26, 2012 - 4:00PM

    I am ambivalent about this. I don’t know what to feel.Recommend

  • Christy
    Oct 26, 2012 - 4:04PM

    Pakistanis have nerves of steel. Bravo to Malala and all Pakistani girls.

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  • Freedom of Speech
    Oct 26, 2012 - 4:04PM

    Awesome….we are with you….and always will rise for Malala and the kind of her…rpoud to have ppl such as you and your daughter in Swat. The light in the darkness.Recommend

  • sabi
    Oct 26, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Malala i wish you and your family best of luck and best of thanks to all medical staff for giving her the best treatment.

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  • aalir
    Oct 26, 2012 - 4:20PM

    Great Malala Great Father………………geo Malala

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  • Saleem
    Oct 26, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Wrong move. Stay in UK and get a decent education. You have already made your point and showed the way to the people in ‘land of the pure’Recommend

  • Qaisrani
    Oct 26, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Long live Malala and his father.Pukhtoons are such a gem to Pakistani nation.We are proud of them.Malala will bring lot of successes for Pakistan in future including Nobel Peace Prize.We are proud of her.her return will be nightmare for barbarians.

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  • punjabimuslim
    Oct 26, 2012 - 5:27PM

    We all kmow these people from certain part of our country and neihhbouring country will never let our country to be educated.

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  • jahanzeb
    Oct 26, 2012 - 5:34PM

    Lets pray for Mala’s health. She is an inspiration to evry girl who wants a modern education. Unfortunately Mal’s sacrifice is going to go futile as no action is going to be taken against the perpetraters hiding in fata and afghanistan.

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  • sabi
    Oct 26, 2012 - 5:58PM

    @Qaisrani:
    Pukhtoons are such a gem to Pakistani nation.
    Why this discrimination!.Doesn’t sound good.

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  • sabi
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:00PM

    @Qaisrani:
    Pukhtoons are such a gem to Pakistani nation.
    Why this discrimination!.Doesn’t sound good.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:12PM

    I have very mixed feelings about Malala’s return to Pakistan. Yes, she would continue her exemplary and noble work courageously in Pakistan. But again, she is just a 14 year old child who has seen death so close. Some fear is natural. Why put her in more mental trauma? I would prefer she stays in UK for one or two years and then returns to Pakistan. Hopefully by then the terrorists would have been wiped out from Pakistan. She may also need further medical care in UK to recover fully.

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  • Singh
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Get well soon & stay there to get better education to serve your nation later.

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  • Muhammad AAsghar
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Innocent children shouldn’t be encouraged to become the foot soldiers in the battle against their own exploitation.The story of Malala Yousufzai should be seen as both an inspiration and a warning.

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  • Muhammad Asghar
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:33PM

    innocent children shouldn’t be encouraged to become the foot soldiers in the battle against their own exploitation.The story of Malala Yousufzai should be seen as both an inspiration and a warning.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:36PM

    The only one smiling in that picture is the Dad – he’s probably the only one who wants to go back to Pakistan.

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  • Engr. Amjad Ali Hilbi
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Bravo Malala…! Salute for your courage. get well soon and stay there for some years and get quality education, must return back to Pakistan and serve your nation.People like you are the future of our Country.

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  • Tufan Agha
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Molvies are the spear heads of Talibans. Stop following them otherwise you are doomed. Do not let you beautiful religion be hijacked by the illiterates. Do not allow an intermediary between yourself and Allah the Almighty. When Allah the Almighty has privileged you to approach him directly, why do you need a middleman and an interlocutor?
    If you support Taliban or molvies, you will kill the little Malala who resides in your house..

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  • Sanam Munir
    Oct 26, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Only a great man like him,can bring up such a brave and extraordinary girl……Congrats to whole family for Malala’s New life….

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  • Sheikh Gabbar
    Oct 26, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Wow thats speedy recovery…too speedy in fact. But still she is a brave girl and may god bless her

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  • bangash
    Oct 26, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Allah(SWT) destroy Malala’s attackers and all those who doubt her character or the tribulations she has been through.

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  • reality
    Oct 26, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Malala is a Pashtana Yousufzai. I am also a Yousufzai, I know where her strength comes from.

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  • Otherside
    Oct 26, 2012 - 7:46PM

    where was she shot? no wound of headshot from point blank distance…

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  • Ozymandias
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @Otherside:
    It wasn’t in the forehard or she’d be dead, genius.

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  • V Sharma
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Please dont go back to Pakistan. Stay safe and get educated in UK, you have made your point.

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  • Faraz
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @Otherside:
    She has her head covered by dupatta, I am sure you can see that! Her head is obviously not visible! only the face is. Easy to say things using your keyboard, face what she and her family have and you will perhaps have some decency to not say such things.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai...Your are Father of a Brave Muslim Girl, who did not care for her life and looked in the eyes of Enemies of Pakistan, just like Shaheed Benazir Bhutto... All Pakistanis are with you..Allah will help you...
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  • shoaib khan
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:21PM

    It would be really a wrong move to come back to Swat. you can keep your mission even when you live abroad . so i would suggest you and Govt of Pak not wast this God Send angle.Recommend

  • Foolitics
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:25PM

    @reality:
    “Malala is a Pashtana Yousufzai. I am also a Yousufzai, I know where her strength comes from.”

    What are the Taliban? Do you understand where their barbarism comes from?

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  • Sidewinder
    Oct 26, 2012 - 8:52PM

    @Otherside
    simple ,it was on the other-side….

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 26, 2012 - 9:03PM

    I am deeply moved to see her photograph as she is looking a bit dazed having gone through such a trauma at such a tender age. Pray for early recovery for the most brave person from Pakistan and hope she will get her smile back.

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  • David K
    Oct 26, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Was she really shot in the head ? How can she sit in Exam let alone survive 2 shots in the head and recover so soon. I smell something here !!!

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  • Usman Shahid
    Oct 26, 2012 - 9:52PM

    No sign of head surgery which took 5 hours to remove the bullet from the head. Its a miracle.

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  • Parvez
    Oct 26, 2012 - 10:06PM

    Malala do what you want to and have to do, knowing that you are doing the right thing.

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  • imkarachi
    Oct 26, 2012 - 10:22PM

    I bet she will top the final exams.

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  • SJA
    Oct 26, 2012 - 10:56PM

    She is only 14. She is daughter of our nation. We should all unite against these extremists and root them out of our country. I envision Pakistan as a thriving country like Malaysia.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Oct 26, 2012 - 10:57PM

    We love you Beti! We are proud of you. May God give you a Very Long Life with Lots of Happiness.

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  • sil3nt
    Oct 26, 2012 - 10:58PM

    really? was it a bullet in the head? n are the pictures latest?

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  • Leota Shimabukuro
    Oct 26, 2012 - 11:05PM

    I pray for you, Malala, for your healthy recovery, and passing your examination. Blessings for you and your family.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 26, 2012 - 11:16PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Fully agree with your comments. I was most surprised to read her father’s comments of her returning back to Pakistan soon and appearing for her exams. She looks traumatized at the moment after suffering such a grave injury and needs complete rest for couple of months and even more in UK itself. Malala should not be coerced by her father to go back to Pakistan in a hurry who appears to be more inclined to gain popularity rather than show concern for her daughter’s health and safety. The barbarians who have vowed to kill her will not think twice before making another attempt on her life since she has become the biggest enemy of Taleban who dared to confront them and also having suffered loss of support from their sympathisers.

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  • Salman
    Oct 26, 2012 - 11:43PM

    And of course you have the conspiracy theorists crying about this also being a made up news. Instead of smelling something fishy, perhaps you need to wake up and smell the coffee.

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  • Sohail
    Oct 26, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Look at her eyes…… ;-(

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  • Ravi Basu
    Oct 27, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Malala is an inspirational girl and activist.God has definitely saved her on a purpose.I really see the future of pakistan rests with Malala. May god bless her.Get well soon Malala…

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 27, 2012 - 12:41AM

    I saw the press conference of this little Angel’s father. Her father thanked all including non-Muslims for the prayers and efforts rendered in the recovery of this Miracle Child. This is called humanity which all should understand beyond any religion, color, creed or beliefs. He said so much which moved all who saw him speaking. I would request that she must not return back unless fully recovered no matter if it even takes years. Here I would also condemn those political/religious leaders who though also condemned this barbaric act but with lot of ifs and buts. Her father was right when he said that this criminal act was from the Agents Of Satan. God Bless You Malala.

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  • Introspection
    Oct 28, 2012 - 6:03PM

    It seems quiet ironic and secularistic, Malala’s father; although being a Pakhtun, has thanked almost everyone, except Allah…which just might turn out to be ‘the-turning-point-litmus-test’ for The Islamic Republic, and history…

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