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  • 21 December 2012, 13:24

Malala Urges School Name U-Turn After Attack

Malala Yousufzai, a 15-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban, has urged a college to reverse its decision to rename it after her.

The move by Pakistan's Saidu Sharif Degree College was in tribute to the young activist who risked her life defending women's rights and has become an icon of youth resistance.

Her request came after the school was attacked by the Taliban and later student protests.

Pupils have boycotted the college and torn down pictures of Malala, fearing the new name will bring further attacks and puts their lives at risk.

Swat District Officer Kamran Rehman Khan told Dawn.com: "The protesters were not against Malala.

"But they feared that naming of the college could pose a serious security threat to them as well as their institution."

Malala called Mr Khan from the UK, where she is being treated with critical wounds, asking him to change the college's name in light of the recent events.

The activist, who openly promoted education for girls and criticised the Taliban, was shot in the head and neck in October.

She is being looked after at Queen Elizabeth Hospital In Birmingham.

A spokeswoman told Sky News her condition was "stable and comfortable" as she awaits further surgery. It is not yet known when she will be released.

The teenager's case won worldwide recognition for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan.

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