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Malala father offered diplomatic position at Pak consulate

The father of the campaigning Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has begun work at his country’s consulate in Birmingham.

Ziaududdin Yousafzai has been made the education attaché at the Consulate of Pakistan in the city where his daughter Malala is recovering following the attack in Pakistan’s Swat valley in October 2012.

Malala, 15, had been targeted by the Taliban, for advocating education for girls in Pakistan.

The shooting caused outrage around the world and sparked protests in Pakistan and Malala was rushed to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital for specialist treatment.

It is believed that her father’s new, 3-year appointment will pave the way for Malala and her family to settle in the United Kingdom.

The president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, visited Malala at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 8 December. 

The teenager has also been referred for a Nobel Peace Prize with tens of thousands of people signing a petition calling for Malala to be honoured.

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