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Malala Yousafzai gets married to Asser Malik at small ceremony in Birmingham

Malala Yousafzai gets married to Asser Malik at small ceremony in Birmingham

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday confirmed that she has tied the knot with Asser Malik during a small ceremony in Birmingham. “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead,” Yousafzai tweeted.

Yousafzai also posted the photos from the nikkah ceremony in which she can be seen alongside her husband and parents Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai Yousafzai.

PPP leader Aseefa Bhutto Zardari congratulated the Nobel laureate and hoped that the newly-wedded couple find every joy together.

“May your journey be blessed at every turn. Sending you love & duas,” she said in a tweet.

Filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith congratulated the couple. “Filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith congratulated the couple,” she tweeted.

Analyst Shama Junejo also congratulated Malala Yousafzai and said, “What a beautiful news.”

The famed human rights activist was shot at by the Taliban gunman in December 2012 for her female education campaigning in the Swat Valley in northeastern Pakistan.

Severely wounded, she was airlifted from one military hospital in Pakistan to another and later flown to Great Britain for treatment.

Post the attack, the Taliban released a statement saying that they would target Malala again if she survived.

At age 17, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy in 2014 when she shared the coveted honour with India’s social activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Unable to return to Pakistan after her recovery, Malala moved to Britain, setting up the Malala Fund and supporting local education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria and Kenya.

Malala began her campaign aged just 11, when she started writing a blog for the BBC’s Urdu service in 2009 about life under the Taliban in Swat, where they were banning girls’ education.

In 2007, the Islamist militants had taken over the area and imposed a brutal rule. Opponents were murdered, people were publicly flogged for supposed breaches of the sharia law, women were banned from going to market, and girls were stopped from going to school.

The Taliban, who are opposed to the education of girls, have destroyed hundreds of schools in Pakistan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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