NEW YORK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while meeting with teenage education activist Malala Yousufzai during a conference on education in New York on Wednesday remarked that Malala, like all Pakistani daughters, was like his daughter too, Express News reported.
Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October due to her writings against them. She then had to leave the country for further medical treatment, and cannot return due to the risk of reprisal attacks.
Nawaz, though, said that the country eagerly awaits her return.
With the country reeling from yet another terror attack, with the latest one a twin suicide attack on a church in Peshawar on Sunday that killed over 80 people, Nawaz said that at this moment Pakistan needed Malala the most.
The premier added that she would be made an ambassador for education in Pakistan.
Nawaz said that his administration is working to improve education in Pakistan, including implementing a uniform education system and working on war footing for ensuring school enrollment of every child. He also promised to double the education budget in a year.
Malala said that education was the only solution to all the problems in the country. "Wars can't be ended with wars. Don't send soldiers, send teachers."
"Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers."
She welcomed a four-fold increase in the education budget but said that more was needed to be done.