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Malala Dad: My Daughter Will Rise Again
The schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan will "rise again", her father has said.
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yusufzai was reunited with her father Ziauddin, mother Toorpekai and two brothers at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she is being treated.
The family flew in from Islamabad on Thursday night.
Malala was shot because she had campaigned for girls' education in Pakistan.
At a news conference, Mr Yusufzai described the shooting as a pivotal moment for the country. "When she fell, Pakistan stood. This is a turning point," he said.
"I'm thankful to all the people all over the world. They condemned the attack and prayed for my daughter.
"She will rise again, she will stand again."
Mr Yusufzai said Malala was walking, talking, eating and smiling - and that all signs of infection were gone. He added that she would be having hearing and sight tests later.
He said: "I am thankful that you are very much concerned about my daughter's health. You have supported the cause for which she stands, the cause of peace and education."
He said Malala had just done a second mid-term exam and was on her way home in a school van in the Swat Valley on October 9 when two men stopped the vehicle at pistol point and asked which child was Malala, before one opened fire.
Mr Yusufzai, who was speaking with his 12-year-old son Kushal Khan sitting beside him, said Malala had received good wishes from all over the world.
"She is a daughter of everybody, a sister of everybody," he said.
When asked how he felt when he and his family saw Malala on Thursday night, he said: "I love her and last night when we met her there were tears in our eyes out of happiness."
Mr Yusufzai told reporters that he was thankful to doctors for the "excellent" and "world class" care Malala - who is now expected to make a full recovery - had received in Birmingham.
He was visibly moved as he described how he was told to prepare for Malala's funeral.
"I'm thankful to God," he said.
"I found angels on my side all around me ... she got the right treatment, at the right place, at the right time.
"In Pakistan for the first time we saw that all political parties, the government, children, women, elders, they were crying and praying to God. Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, indifferent of caste, colour or creed, they prayed for my daughter."
It comes after police in Pakistan named the prime suspect in connection with the shooting as 23-year-old Atta Ullah Khan, a chemistry student from the Swat district.
The hospital's Medical Director Dave Rosser said both Malala's long and short-term memory appeared to be intact - and that specialists do not believe there is any significant brain damage.
Describing the mood on Malala's ward, he said: "I think everyone is very pleased. Her father is a remarkable man, she is a remarkable young lady and I think everybody involved is pleased to help."
He said her skull would need to be reconstructed over the coming weeks but that her long-term prognosis was "excellent".
"There's no reason to think she won't make near to a full recovery," he said.
Dr Rosser said she would remain in hospital following the surgery for "a couple of months at most".
He added that Malala had been eating hospital food -and had also enjoyed a halal takeaway.
what do you think?
Shame there are not more Malalas' in Pakistan and elsewhere as these are the people who will overthrow these extremist morons more rapidly than any bomb or bullet. Get well soon Malala
there are loads, but the west for years have been arming these fanatics. only recently are the fanatics and the west at such odds if you wanna destabilize any country give ££££££ to the right wing or religious fanatics and you can be sure that country will go to pot
Is it true that she was broadcasting on the BBC's Urdu service, that seems a bit irresponsible on the BBC's part putting a young girl in danger. Remember what we did to Lord Haw Haw after WW2, we hung him for treason for broadcasting for our enemies.
Good point. Obviously others realise that and gave you thumbs-down for it. They say the truth hurts.
Allah is obviously taking care of her. Those who would murder innocents have earned their place in hell. Shaytan is awaiting them.
The Christian faith believes the same.
shaytan will meet those men in hell thats for sure
nothing t6o do with religion any religion woild say this is evil, she is just a young gil what is the wold coming too
Kevin those who follow religion or their interpretation of the religion see women as second class citizens, hence recent cases of stonings for aledged adultary. Religion is often used as an excuse to justify the unjustifiable, the uk in the past has been guilty of similar, ducking stools etc