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Malala and family to settle permanently in Britain

The teenage Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban is set to make Britain her permanent home after her father was offered a job at the Pakistan consulate in Birmingham.

Malala Yousufzai, 15, underwent life-saving surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the city after being attacked on her way to school in Pakistan's restive Swat Valley in early October.

Her parents and two brothers accompanied Malala to Britain amid an international outcry which led to Malala being flown to the hospital for a procedure to remove a bullet from her spine.

Malala's father Ziauddin, a teacher and administrator in Pakistan, has been made an administrative assistant at the consulate.  

The entire family is on tourist visas which are set to expire in March 2013.

Birmingham Labour MP Khalid Mahmood welcomed the move saying the family would be surrounded by friends and family in Birmingham.

Malala was attacked by Taliban fighters in Mingora, the main town of Swat Valley, on October 9.

She was struck by a bullet just above her left eye after extremists boarded her school bus - targeting her for demanding education for girls.

The bullet travelled down the side of her jaw and damaged her skull.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has threatened to target Malala and members of her family, raising questions about whether it would be safe for her to return to Pakistan.

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