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article imageNobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai hopes to be Pakistani PM

By Sravanth Verma     Dec 10, 2014 in World
Slated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize today alongside Kailash Satyarathi, Malala Yousafzai told the BBC in an interview that she would like to enter politics and one day become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Yousafzai was shot by Taliban attackers in 2012, for taking a stand in favor of girls' education. She is completing her studies in the UK and will jointly receive the award with Satyarathi, an Indian children's rights activist, on December 10. She is the youngest individual to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
"I want to serve my country and my dream is that my country becomes a developed country and I see every child get an education," Yousafzai told the BBC. "If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister then I would definitely choose that," she added.
Drawing inspiration from Benazir Bhutto, a woman who was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan twice, before being assassinated in 2007, Yousafzai and Satyarathi had invited the leaders of India and Pakistan to the ceremony, but were disappointed that they would not be coming.
Speaking of her drive to campaign for the education of girls, she said, "I had this wish from the beginning to see children going to school and I started this campaign." Yousafzai's campaign drew the ire of the Taliban, which has a presence in Pakistani regions bordering Afghanistan. Yousafzai was shot in the head, and the bullet passed through her neck and lodged in her shoulder. She was moved to Birmingham, UK for treatment and she has continued to stay in the country to complete her education.
Yousafzai's school uniform, which she was wearing when she was shot is on display in the Nobel Laureate exhibition in Oslo, complete with bloodstains. Yousafzai had explicitly asked that it be included. "My school uniform is very important to me," she said. "The day I was attacked I was wearing this uniform. I was fighting for my right to go to school," she added.
Satyarathi described Yousafzai as a "wonderful girl," and said, "she's like my daughter, I adore and respect her a lot."
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Pakistani soldiers transport injured Malala Yousafzai, 14, following an attack on her school bus by gunmen on October 9, 2012
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