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In this December 8, 2012 file photo, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, left, and his daughter Asifa Bhutto, centre back, meet with Malala Yousufzai.

London -

The father of a teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by Taliban for advocating girls' education has been given a diplomatic post in the UK.

Malala Yousufzai has been recovering at a hospital in Birmingham, England, after she was shot in October in Pakistan. The Taliban have vowed to target her again.

Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, confirmed a BBC report on Wednesday saying that Malala's father, Ziauddin, has been appointed Pakistan's education attache in Birmingham.

The position - with an initial 3-year commitment - virtually guarantees Malala will remain in the UK.

Malala's case won worldwide recognition for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan. In a sign of her reach, the 15-year-old made the shortlist for Time magazine's “Person of the Year” for 2012. - Sapa-AP


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