Million-name petition and Nobel calls for Malala: UN Envoy Brown

Dawn: ISLAMABAD: More than a million people have signed a global petition supporting shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, UN envoy Gordon Brown said Friday, amid calls for her to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 15-year-old who narrowly escaped death when she was shot in the head by Taliban militants a month ago for the “crime” of promoting girls’ right to go to school has touched millions across the globe.

A separate online petition calling for her to be put forward for the Nobel has attracted nearly 90,000 signatures and campaigners urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to recommend her for the award.

The Taliban hitman’s bullet grazed Malala’s brain and she is now recovering in hospital in Britain, from where she said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

“She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being,” her father Ziauddin Yousafzai said on her behalf.

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