London: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday met Pakistani teenaged rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who is being treated at a British hospital after being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.
Zardari visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to inquire about Malala's health condition.
Dave Rosser, Medical Director of the hospital, briefed Zardari about the health condition of Malala. He informed the president that Malala had made great progress on way to full recovery.
The President appreciated the courage and conviction of Malala and said that the nation's spontaneous response to the cowardly attack on her and her friends demonstrated that the people of Pakistan rejected extremism and militancy, according to a news agency.
Malala, while thanking the President, said her entire family and the people of Swat were grateful to the government for prompt arrangements for her evacuation and subsequent treatment at the best hospitals in Pakistan and Britain.
Malala and her two classmates were injured in an attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in the former militant stronghold of Swat on October 9.
The 15-year-old became the symbol of resistance against the Taliban by writing a blog when the region was controlled by militants in 2007. As the Taliban forcibly shut down girls' school, Malala began speaking out for access to education for girls.
The Taliban said that she was targeted for espousing secularism and Western ideals.