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Malala Yousafzai seals £2 million deal to publish life story

Malala Yousufzai alongwith her family members in a UK hospital: File Pic
Malala Yousufzai alongwith her family members in a UK hospital: File Pic

The 15-year-old Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in head by Pakistan Taliban militants for advocating girls’ education, has become a millionaire by signing a deal worth two million pounds to publish her memoirs.

Islamabad, March 28/Nationalturk – The 15-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai, who survived Pakistan Taliban militants shooting in Pakistan last year, has signed a deal worth two million pounds to publish her life story.

According to Guardian London, the book “I am Malala” is scheduled for publication in autumn and will document the story of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by Pakistani Taliban militants for advocating women’s education in the Swat Valley region in Pakistan.

It said Malala has signed the deal worth around 2 million pounds (USD 3 million) with the publishers.

The book will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in the UK and Commonwealth and by Little, Brown in the rest of the world.

Arzu Tahsin, the deputy publishing director of Weidenfeld & Nicolson has said, “This book will be a document to bravery, courage and vision. Malala is so young to have experienced so much and I have no doubt that her story will be an inspiration to readers from all generations who believe in the right to education and the freedom to pursue it.”

Malala, who has relocated to England, where she is attending a school in Birmingham, said, “I hope this book will reach people around the world, so they realise how difficult it is for some children to get access to education.”

It will be story of 61 million children

“I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61m children who can’t get education. I want it to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school. It is their basic right,” she told Guardian.

Yousafzai began writing a blog on the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym about life in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2009.  She escaped death when she was shot on a school bus in north-western Pakistan on October 9, 2012. A bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing past her brain.

The Taliban militants while claiming responsibility for the attack had said they targeted Malala because she promoted girls’ education and ‘Western thinking’.

Surgeons in Pakistan removed the bullet before she was airlifted to United Kingdom for life-saving treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Malala was discharged from the hospital last month after she had an operation to rebuild her skull and restore hearing.

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Faiz Ahmad / NationalTurk Pakistan News


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