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Girl power: Malala waving goodbye to the members of the news media before a television interview with CNN in New York. — EPA
NEW YORK CITY: Teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai told an audience in New York that she would like to become prime minister of Pakistan to “save” the country.
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a sold-out public event, she also said winning the Nobel Peace Prize would be a “great honour”.
Asked about her conflicting dreams of becoming a doctor or a politician, and whether she would like to become premier, Malala said she wanted to help her homeland.
“I want to become a prime minister of Pakistan,” she told Amanpour to cheers from the audience.
“I think it’s really good because through politics I can save my whole country,” she added.
“I can spend much of the budget on education and I can also concentrate on foreign affairs.”
Malala was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban on Oct 9, 2012, for speaking out against them, demanding that girls have the right to go to school.
She was flown to Britain for specialist care and made a remarkable recovery, going on to become a global ambassador for children’s rights.
The 16-year-old has written an autobiography, addressed the United Nations and set up the Malala Fund.
On Thursday, she won the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize from the European parliament and was tipped as a firm favourite for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“If I got the Nobel Peace Prize I think it would be such a great honour and more than I deserve,” she said.
“The Nobel Peace Prize would help me to begin this campaign for girls’ education.”
The real prize, she said, would be to see every child, black or white, Christian or Muslim, boy or girl, go to school and “for that I will struggle and work hard”.
She paid tribute to previous Nobel laureates, including scientist Abdus Salam who in 1979 won the prize for physics – Pakistan’s only Nobel to date. — AFP
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