Pakistani 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious award.
Yousafzai was attacked in 2012 by Taliban militants, who shot her in the head for her activism in promoting education for girls.
The militants suspected of the attack, which took place on a school bus in Pakistan, were recently arrested.
Along with Yousafzai, 60-year-old Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi also received the Peace Prize.
“The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism,” said Thorbjoern Jagland, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Satyarthi has been a children’s rights activist since 1980, when he gave up a career as an electrical engineer to lead demonstrations and otherwise campaign to put an end to child labour.
“It’s an honour to all those children still suffering in slavery, bonded labour and trafficking,” Satyarthi told CNN-IBN TV after being awarded the prize.
Following the news of Yousafzai receiving the award, Pakistanis in Karachi expressed their happiness.
“This is very good news for Pakistan. In the past, Pakistan only received one reward that was terrorism,” Javed Ahmed was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“Malala Yousufzai has done a lot for education which is an honour for the country. This is pride for Pakistan,” Reuters quoted Madeeha, an eighth grade student, as saying.