Malala's father gets UK diplomacy role: Reports

Published: January 3, 2013
Malala's father will initially undertake the role for three years, but could get a two-year extension. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Malala's father will initially undertake the role for three years, but could get a two-year extension. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LONDON: The father of shot Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has been given a diplomatic role in Britain while his teenage daughter recovers from her injuries, according to reports.

The Pakistani government announced that Ziauddin Yousafzai would become its education attache at the consulate in Birmingham, central England, said the reports.

Malala, 15, is recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she was brought from Pakistan on October 15.

Yousafzai will initially undertake the role for three years, but could get a two-year extension.

Malala was shot on her school bus in northwestern Swat in October by Taliban gunmen for the “crime” of promoting girls’ education, but survived the murder attempt.

Malala first rose to prominence aged just 11 with a blog for the BBC Urdu service in 2009 in which she described life in Swat during the bloody rule of the Taliban.

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  • Chimichanga
    Jan 3, 2013 - 11:39AM

    I hope Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize and Nobel Literature prize too.


  • Salman Nisar
    Jan 3, 2013 - 12:06PM



  • What about the other Malalas?
    Jan 3, 2013 - 12:16PM

    This is getting absurd now!


  • Shamsher Awan
    Jan 3, 2013 - 12:48PM

    @Salman Nisar: Why lol.???. He rightly deserves this position as Recently i visited one Embassy in Europe and I met one Bhutto’s cousin there and his only qualification to represent Pakistan in our embassy was his Bhutto’s stamp but Mr Yosufzai dont belong from any Political family and still he took the stance in Volatile Swat and encouraged his Daughter to Study and he never bogged down and We should appreciate the Government’s decision in this regard.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Jan 3, 2013 - 12:49PM

    Certainly, he merits it. Being a father of an intellegent girl like Malala enhances his qualifications.

    Malala should be proud of her father.


  • ali
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:07PM

    Mission Accompalished!


  • Asad
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:36PM

    Good for him, poor guy is probably running out of money just living there taking care of his daughter.


  • SK
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:00PM

    so is the merit of this country…. daughter gets shot, you get diplomatic role. If this is the rule then all diplomatic missions should be full of such people because there is no dearth of Pakistanis who have actually lost thier kith and kins in all type of terrorist activities


  • Zeta
    Jan 3, 2013 - 3:04PM

    I wasn’t a believer in conservative lot’s conspiracy theories. However this seems now likely that it all was a drama.


  • muhammed
    Jan 3, 2013 - 3:09PM

    the title should be ” malala’s father’s job made public by the Uk”


  • Adeel
    Jan 3, 2013 - 3:53PM

    it smells fishy!


  • goggi
    Jan 3, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Anti-authoritarian parenting and progressive education are the Alpha and Omega of every modern society.

    Malala Jaan`s father deserve all the compliments of being such a great teacher and loving gardener of his rose.


  • just another though
    Jan 3, 2013 - 5:40PM

    does he belong to illumnati?


  • Malangi
    Jan 3, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Why didn’t the relatives of more than 40,000 who died in the terrorist activities get a diplomatic role?


  • raja tipu
    Jan 3, 2013 - 6:34PM

    lolz !!!! We ain’t surprised ! ;)


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jan 3, 2013 - 7:15PM

    To the people above: read again!

    He has been given a job by the PAKISTANI government for evident reasons! In what world does that appear fishy or part of a conspiracy.


  • Amir
    Jan 3, 2013 - 8:05PM

    She might be replacing Barack Obama for President Office


  • kHaN
    Jan 3, 2013 - 8:34PM

    Guys, take it easy. He’s been appointed by the Pakistan government. This is not rare. We’ve heard many times that a politician or a government official visits the wounded and promise to give a government job to one of the victims relatives besides the cash. It did happen about a week ago when Isfandyar Wali visited the injured of Peshawar blast. You guys are only making such a fuss because you are jealous of Malala’s and her father’s fame! Face it!


  • shaista
    Jan 4, 2013 - 1:25AM

    he can work for both westgoverments and Pak at the same time, sitting at the right place!
    good for him :)


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