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Gordon Brown at Malala hospital

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by a Taliban gunman three weeks ago, is being treated.

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Gordon Brown leads Malala campaign

Malala Yousafzai is flying to the UK for medical treatment Credit: REUTERS/Hazart Ali Bacha/Files

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has helped launch a campaign for girls' education in Pakistan in honour of a 14-year-old schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

Brown, in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, is set to visit Pakistan to discuss the issue with Pakistan's President Zardari.

Teenager Malala Yousafzai is due to arrive in the UK for medical treatment on Monday.

"I know that Britain will offer Malala the best treatment possible and the British people will welcome her, hoping and praying for her recovery," said Brown.

"Today we are launching, a petition under the headline 'I am Malala' in support of what Malala fought for, that every girl has the chance to go to school.

"Today, sadly, 32 million girls are not going to school and it is time to fight harder for Malala's dream to come true."

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