Impressed by the bravery of Pakistani girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Queen Elizabeth II has invited her to the Buckingham Palace.
The Queen has also asked Pakistan’s high commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, about her recovery, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.
Malala has given her first detailed account to the British newspaper of what happened when she was shot on the way home from school in Pakistan a year ago.
“I was terrified. Where were my parents? Who had brought me there?” she said, in reference to her four operations in Britain and crediting the surgeons for giving her a ‘second life’.
“I didn’t know what had happened. The nurses weren’t telling me anything. Even my name. Was I still Malala? No one told me what was going on or who had brought me to the hospital,” recalled Malala.
She then became so worried about the cost of her treatment that she thought of sneaking out of hospital to get a job. “I thought, ‘I need to go out and start working to earn money,’” she said.