(LONDON) — Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in October for arguing that girls should receive an education, and her family will stay in the United Kingdom and will not return to Pakistan, according to a senior Pakistani official.
Ziauddin Yousufzai, her father, has accepted a diplomatic job as education attaché in Birmingham, England, where his daughter is being treated.
Malala recently underwent jaw treatment and will have cranium reconstruction surgery within the next few months, according to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her recuperation will require extensive outpatient therapy, which could last anywhere from months to more than a year.
While she recovers, Ziauddin will work at the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham. His new job is at the senior level in the Pakistani foreign service, and includes a home and car — paid for by the Pakistani government — as well as a stipend.
The job is said to be set for three years, but that term can be extended.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN