Islamabad, January 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): Syed Sumsam Ali Shah Bukhari, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting met Ziauddin Yousafzai in Birmingham today and enquired after the health of his daughter Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by militants in Swat in October last year and was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for treatment. He was accompanied by Mr Shabbir Anwer, Minister Press in Pakistan High Commission London.
Mr Ziauddin briefed the Minister about the recovery Malala had made so far, including the future treatment and rehabilitation plan for her. He said that Malala was in good health and high spirits. While speaking with Malala’s father, Mr. Bukhari said that the purpose of his visit was to demonstrate solidarity with Malala and her family and to wish her speedy recovery.
Mr. Bukhari praised Malala for her courage and determination against the forces of extremist ideology. Describing Malala as a true face of Pakistan, he reassured that the whole Pakistani nation stands behind Malala and her cause.
He also condemned the exponents of extremism and terrorism and reiterated Government of Pakistan’s commitment to counter obscurantist forces and take Pakistan on the path of peace and moderation, as envisioned by our founding fathers.
Mr Bukhari assured Mr Ziauddin of Government’s continued support for the recovery of his daughter and for the well being of the family. Mr Ziauddin thanked the Minister for visiting him and conveyed his thanks to the Government for looking after his daughter and family. He expressed he was humbled by the overwhelming support he received from the entire Pakistani nation in the aftermath of the tragic incident.
The Minister also appreciated the role of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, particularly the doctors treating Malala for taking exceptional care of her and the British Government for its cooperation.
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