Malala eyes politics to change Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban last year for campaigning for girls' education, yesterday said she hoped to become a politician to "change the future of my country".
The 16-year-old, whose continued fight for all children to go to school has made her a favourite for the Nobel Peace Prize this week, also backed dialogue with the Taliban, although she said this was an issue for the government.
However, the Pakistani Taliban yesterday said they would target the 16-year-old again for promoting western propaganda.
In her first in-depth interview since the attack, Malala told the BBC that discussions with the Taliban were needed to achieve peace.
Malala said it was important that the Taliban discussed their demands.
"They must do what they want through dialogue," she said. "Killing people, torturing people and flogging people… it's totally against Islam. They are misusing the name of Islam."
"I will be a politician in my future. I want to change the future of my country and I want to make education compulsory," Malala said in a BBC interview.
"But for me the best way to fight against terrorism and extremism is a simple thing -- educate the next generation."
Malala dismissed the continued threats against her life and repeated her desire to return to Pakistan from Britain, where she was flown for treatment after the attack in October and where she now goes to school.
Malala admitted Britain had been a culture shock, "especially for my mother because we had never seen that women would be that much free -- they would go to any market, they would be going alone with no men, no brothers and fathers".