Peshawar, Jan. 7 : The two friends of Malala Yousufzai, who suffered injuries during the horrifying Taliban attack on the 15-year-old Pakistani activist, are said to be overwhelmed by their friend''s rapid recovery.
Malala was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban in October last year, while she was returning home from school.
Her friends - Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan - also sustained injuries during the attack. Kainat, 15, a student of class 10, said she spoke to Malala''s mother last week by telephone and enquired after her health.
She said the news that Malala was sent home temporarily from the hospital in Birmingham, UK, after her recovery was great news, reports The Dawn.
She said the society "desperately needs" more people like Malala to guide the people.
She said Malala''s fast recovery from critical injuries is a clear sign that their prayers have been answered.
Kainat said that recovery of Malala was important for the people of Swat because she campaigned for education there and became a global face against the forces, who wanted to stop girls from going to schools.
Shazia, 14, said it gave her immense pleasure when she heard that Malala was discharged from the hospital, adding that all the students were extremely concerned about her.
The paper quoted Shazia, as saying that Malala is a ray of hope for million of girls around the world.
She said Malala always insisted that they should attend school even during the two-year (2007-2009) Taliban''s rule.
Shazia said Malala deserves praise for what she has done and that God has awarded her a second chance to live in recognition of her matchless efforts. (ANI)