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Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Starts at British School

Malala Yousufzai walks with her father Ziauddin as she attends Edgbaston High School for girls in Edgbaston, England March 19, 2013
Malala Yousufzai walks with her father Ziauddin as she attends Edgbaston High School for girls in Edgbaston, England March 19, 2013
Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries.

Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a symbol of resistance to Taliban efforts to deny women's rights and is even among nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

She described her return to school as the most important day of her life. "I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity,'' she said in a statement.

Accompanied by her father and carrying a pink rucksack, Yousufzai joined other pupils at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, central England, close to the hospital where she underwent surgery to reconstruct her skull last month.

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham,'' she said.

Yousufzai was brought to Britain for specialist treatment after she was shot in the head at point-blank range by Taliban gunmen last October.

She left hospital in February after she made a good recovery from surgery during which doctors mended parts of her skull with a titanium plate and inserted a cochlear implant to help restore hearing on her left side.

Yousufzai will study a full curriculum at the school, where annual fees are 10,000 pounds ($15,100), before selecting subjects for GCSE exams, which are generally taken at age 16.

"She wants to be a normal teenage girl and to have the support of other girls around,'' said Edgbaston head teacher Ruth Weeks. "Talking to her, I know that's something she missed during her time in hospital.''

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by: Lorain Digby from: UK
March 20, 2013 11:14 AM
YES...!! we agree... take her back, please take her and her family and her extended family... we are just inundated with Pakis here. we used to have a beautiful country until all these Muslims converged on us... Go back to Pakistan... PLEASE!!!

by: Yeshwa Younis from: Lahore, Pakistan
March 20, 2013 8:04 AM
God bless Malala Yousufzai, We need you in Pakistan because your the proud of all Pakistani Girls.
Yeshwa Younis

by: Kassahun Agegnehu from: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
March 20, 2013 7:31 AM
It is a good news to see Malala back to school, I appreciate all the medical team team who trated her while she was at the hospital, congratulation for all girls around the world,

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March 20, 2013 12:57 AM
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by: mustafa from: pakistan
March 19, 2013 10:45 PM
This is completely a negligance case on part of Govt and other agencies who are eating billions of rupees every year for their lavish life but they do not bother about the problem of common poor Pakistani. To eliminate terrorism from our soil they are taking big money from USA and Saudi arabia to spread terrorism in this peaceful country/

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