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Malala father gets UK diplomacy role: Reports

Published on Jan 3, 2013 7:01 AM
A Pakistani female activist of an Islamic Minhaj-ul-Quran Party holds a photograph of child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest against the assassination attempt by Taliban, in Islamabad on Oct 13, 2012. A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban remained on a ventilator in hospital Saturday, as people continued to pray for her recovery, the military said. -- PHOTO : AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - 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 Mr 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 Oct 15.

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

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