French honour Malala, father says Taliban have lost fight
PARIS (AFP) - The Taliban must accept peace talks as their mission has failed, the father of Ms Malala Yousafzai said on Wednesday, accepting a key French award for the Pakistani schoolgirl shot for campaigning for girls' education.
In an impassioned speech after accepting the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Womens' Freedom on behalf of the 15-year-old, Mr Ziauddin Yousafzai said his daughter was supported by the world and by God.
"She fell but Pakistan stood up. And the whole world - north, south, east and west - supported her," he said. "God protected her and protected the cause of humanity and education."
In an attack that shocked the world, Ms Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban hitman as her school bus made its way through the town of Mingora in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley in October.