Pakistani President to visit Malala

Malala Yousasfzai Photo: PA

The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, will be in Birmingham today to visit Malala Yousasfzai, the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, will be in Birmingham today to visit Malala Yousasfzai Credit: Frank Franklin II/AP/Press Association Images

Malala was shot in the head at the beginning of October as she travelled home from school in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan. She is an activist against the militant Taliban regime which prevents girls receiving an education.

Malala Yousasfzai Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

It was announced on the 15th October that she would be brought to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as it specialises in treating soldiers with the same kind of injury.

The Medical Director at the hospital said at the time:

"She will be assessed here by a range of specialists including neurosurgery, imaging specialists and a variety of other teams which is clearly why she is coming here - for the breadth of expertise we have."

– Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Vigil in honour of Malala Credit: ITV Central

Since her arrival in Birmingham, messages of support for Malala have flooded in from the public and vigils have been held in her honour. The hospital has received visits from world leaders including the Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as United Nations Special Envoy on Education.

Gordon Brown visits the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

Malala's family joined her at the end of October, and on 23rd November it was announced that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had been offered work at the Pakistan Consulate in the city.

Malala with her family Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Malala has recently been recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize, the highest possible honour for someone working to establish harmony on a national scale.