Canada to offer honorary citizenship to Malala

  • ANI, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Oct 17, 2013 12:14 IST

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai will be offered honorary Canadian citizenship.


Malala will become the sixth person to be granted honorary Canadian citizenship, following in the footsteps of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Aga Khan.

According to the Express Tribune, the 16-year-old Pakistani activist was shot in the head by the Taliban on October 9, 2012, for championing girls' rights to education.

She was subsequently flown to Britain for specialist care and made a remarkable recovery, going on to become a global ambassador for children's rights.

Malala has also written an autobiography, addressed the United Nations and set up a fund.

Last week, she won the European Union's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize and was welcomed to the White House by US President Barack Obama, the report added.

 

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