Malala among top contenders for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO: Pakistan’s teenage education activist Malala Yousufzai is seen as one of the top contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

According to the Nobel Prize jury the 16-year-old girl is a strong candidate for the award. Names of the prize winners will be announced on 11th of this month.

Pakistani education crusader has won Children’s International Nobel Award and prestigious Clinton Global Citizens Award, 2013 Ambassador of Conscience Award which is a highest Amnesty International award.

In October last year, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Swat in her school van. The attack drew worldwide condemnation.

A day after she was shot, a bullet which hit Malala’s skull was removed by surgeons in Peshawar. She was later transferred to a military hospital in Rawalpindi for more specialist treatment.

On October 15, Malala was flown to Britain for specialist care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where she underwent successful surgery on her skull and ear in a five-hour operation.

In December 2012, Pakistan and UNESCO unveiled the Malala Plan, which aims to get all the girls in the world into school by the end of 2015.