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Thousands sign Nobel petition for Malala

- November 09, 2012 - Updated 2148 PKT - From Web Edition

LONDON: More than 87,000 people have signed a global petition calling for Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, campaigners said on Friday.


The 15-year-old is recovering in hospital in Britain after Taliban gunmen in her native northwest Pakistan shot her on her school bus last month for daring to campaign for the right of girls to go to school.


"A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for the right of girls to get an education," said Shahida Choudhary, a British campaigner involved in the petition.


Choudhary said she wanted British Prime Minister David Cameron and prominent politicians to write to the Nobel committee in Sweden to recommend Malala for the award.


"Malala doesn't just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender," Choudhary added.


The petition at originally started by in Canada by Tarek Fatah, a writer and broadcaster.


In Islamabad on Friday, the UN's special envoy for global education Gordon Brown presented the Pakistani government with a separate petition with more than one million signatures in support of Malala.


At a meeting attended by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, former British premier Brown said the international community was ready to support Pakistan in its efforts to tackle poverty and ensure all children could go to school.


Malala on Friday thanked her global supporters, one month on from the brutal attack.


"She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being," said her father Ziauddin Yousafzai.


"We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all caste, colour and creed," he said in a statement issued by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where Malala is being treated.


The hospital on Friday published photos of Malala sitting and reading a book, while others showed her poring over get-well cards.


Armed men in Mingora, the main town in the Swat valley in northwest Pakistan, shot Malala in the head and shoulder on October 9 after stopping the school bus on which she was travelling.


The Pakistani Taliban claimed to have targeted Malala because of her "pioneering role" in calling for girls' education, and because of her general criticism of the Taliban. (AFP)

Reader Comments
I want to consider Malala yosaf Zai nd appeal the Committee to give her the award of noble prize for her struggling for the education of children in the teenage time.I pray for her long life nd recovery of early health.

How do I sign the petition for Malala?

I condemn attack on Malala but think Nobel Prize should be given to all the district and people of Swat, for long struggle against fanaticism, not one person.

Ilyas Khan
I think her & her family should be allowed to stay in a new county and make it their home where they can be safe because if she goes back they will kill her next time.

Brenda Warhop
Please sign the petition for Malala & share it.

fellow female
Since the writer did not include the most important part of the story to actually help Malala... here is the link for the petition from!

female activist
If anyone wants to know, the link for the petition is: If Obama can win the Nobel for not being George Bush, and Al Gore can win it for, apparently, having nice hair, and the European Union can win it for God knows what feeble reason, then this lass can certainly win it for, you know, promoting world peace and for standing up to bullies and thugs.

John Bonfield
I want Malala should be awarded Nobel Peace Prize.I fervently appeal the Nobel committee to consider this case quite seriously.By doing this justice Nobel committee will help to spread education in sizable part of world particularly among the weaker section of mankind. Long live Malala, may god bless you.

Biplab Bhattacharya
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