Malala's Father: I'm Taking Her Back Home

Pakistani girl 'manages a big smile' in tearful family reunion
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2012 2:14 PM CDT
Malala's Father: I'm Taking Her Back Home
Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai is seen recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.   (AP Photo / University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust)

Malala Yousufzai had an emotional reunion with her parents last night by her hospital bed in England, the Guardian reports. "When we met her there were tears in our eyes out of happiness," said her father, Ziauddin. "For some time we all cried a bit." Talking to reporters, he reviled his daughter's alleged Taliban assailant as "the agent of Satan," but called her shooting "a turning point" for Pakistan because the country's political parties and religions prayed for her together. "She is not just my daughter, she is everybody's daughter."

Heading for Malala's hospital yesterday, Ziauddin told reporters that he's taking her back home to Pakistan once she gets better, the Telegraph reports. "At first I laughed" at the thought of staying in England, he said. "We cannot have had such a cheap purpose that we would go to some other country and live the rest of our lives there." As for Malala, she's now walking, talking, and eating with just a little help, and her memory is intact, her doctor said; she even "managed a big smile for her mum and dad and her brothers." (Read more Malala Yousafzai stories.)

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