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Pakistan president visits hospital treating Malala

6:34 PM, Dec 8, 2012   |    comments
One year after a Taliban bullet tried to silence Malala Yousufzai's demand for girls' education, she has published a book and is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. But the militants threaten to kill her should she dare return home to Pakistan, and the principal at her old school says that as Malala's fame has grown, so has fear in her classrooms.
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LONDON (AP) - Pakistan's president has visited a British hospital where a 15-year-old schoolgirl is being treated after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.

Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital says Asif Ali Zardari met with doctors treating Malala Yousafzai during a visit Saturday.

It said that the leader was briefed about Malala's medical progress, before having a private meeting with the girl's father and brothers.

Malala was airlifted to the hospital after she was targeted on Oct. 9 by militants in the northwest Swat Valley.

The Taliban targeted Malala for criticizing the militant group and promoting secular girls' education, which is opposed by the Islamist extremists.

 

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