Malala's father given diplomatic role in UK

January 2, 2013 - 4:32 PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo provided by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, left, and his daughter Asifa Bhutto, center back, meet with Malala Yousufzai, where she is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained when a Taliban gunman opened fire on her and her friends outside the Khushal School for Girls in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan confirmed a BBC report Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 saying that Malala's father, Ziauddin, has been appointed Pakistan's education attache in Birmingham. The position — with an initial 3-year commitment — virtually guarantees Malala will remain in the U.K. where she is undergoing treatment. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, File)

LONDON (AP) — The father of a teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by Taliban for advocating girls' education has been given a diplomatic post in the U.K.

Malala Yousufzai has been recovering at a hospital in Birmingham, England, after she was shot in October in Pakistan. The Taliban have vowed to target her again.

Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, confirmed a BBC report Wednesday saying that Malala's father, Ziauddin, has been appointed Pakistan's education attache in Birmingham.

The position — with an initial 3-year commitment — virtually guarantees Malala will remain in the U.K.

Malala's case won worldwide recognition for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan. In a sign of her reach, the 15-year-old made the shortlist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2012.