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Malala to be Pak brand ambassador for girls' education: minister

delhi Updated: Nov 10, 2012 19:46 IST

Child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by the Talibans, will be made the brand ambassador for girls' education in Pakistan, a visiting minister from the neighbouring country said on Saturday.

A formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made by Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari during a UNESCO conference on girls education in Paris on December 10, Pakistan's minister of education and training Sardar Shahjehan Yousaf said in New Delhi.

The event, which will coincide with the United Nations' Human Rights Day, is designed to generate political will and accelerate action in favour of every girl's right to go to school.

15-year-old Malala was shot in the head by Taliban for leading a campaign for girls' education.

"We want that she should also be nominated for the Noble Prize," Yousaf told reporters on the sidelines of an education conference in New Delhi.

He said the 15-year-old-girl, who is "recovering very well" at a hospital in Birmingham, England, will be back in the country soon.

Observing that terrorism remains a big challenge for his country, the Pakistan minister said the "incident (attack on Malala) was unfortunate and in our country and internationally we regret what happened. We are fighting against terror."

The two-day E9 education conference concluded on Saturday with the member nations resolving on curriculum reform and development of teaching and learning materials.

'E-9' comprises the nine most populous countries Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan. Pakistan will host the next meet.