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Malala petitions Pakistani govt following teacher's death

Malala Yousufzai and her father Ziauddin on her first day of school in the UK

Malala Yousufzai and her father Ziauddin have become the first signatories of a petition calling for better protection for teachers and students in Pakistan.

The petition, addressed to the president of Pakistan, is in response to the killing of a teacher on her way to work at a girls' school in Pakistan's north-west tribal region on Tuesday.

The killing took place not far from where Malala herself was shot in the head as she returned from school in October 2012.


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Malala: Returning to school is 'what I dreamed'

Malala Yousafzai has spent her first day at school since being attacked by the Taliban in October last year.

The 15-year-old was shot in the head for campaigning for girls' education

While making her way to Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, Malala told her father Ziauddin, "It is an honour for me and it's what I dreamed ... I'm on my way to my dream":

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Gordon Brown: Today is a 'great day' for Malala

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said today is a "great day" for Malala Yousafzai.

Mr Brown said in a statement:

This is a great day for Malala, for her family - and for the cause of education worldwide.

By her courage, Malala shows that nothing - not even bullets, intimidation or death threats - can stand in the way of the right of every girl to an education.

I wish Malala and her family well as her courageous recovery continues.


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Malala: 'My mission remains the same, to help people'

Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by the Taliban last October, said her mission remains the same, "to help people".

Speaking from her hospital bed after a five-hour operation at the weekend, Malala said, "I'm feeling alright and I'm happy that both the operations are successful".

"I can walk a little bit, I can talk and I am feeling better, and it doesn't seem that I had a very big operation", she told Critical Care consultant Dr Mav Manji at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Malala is 'stable' after five-hour operations

A hospital spokeswoman said Malala's medical team were "very pleased" with her progress following the operations, which lasted for around five hours.

Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital.

Her condition is described as stable and her medical team are very pleased with the progress she has made so far.

She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family.

– Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham spokesperson
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