Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for standing up for education for girls in that country, is under threat. The Taliban have vowed again to kill Malala.
"Malala attracted the anger of the Taliban by writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service chronicling the challenges of daily life under the Islamists." For that she was a marked girl.
Ms Yousafzai is currently a resident of the UK. She was flown to Britain following the Taliban attack, for treatment at a specialist hospital in Birmingham. The hospital is famous for its successful treatment of wounded soldiers.
In the UK, and the west in general, Malala is viewed as an inspirational young woman who bravely stood up for her rights and the rights of other girls. Sky News reports "a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Malala has been invited to a palace reception promoting education in Commonwealth hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, October 18. It is thought the Queen was impressed by the teenager's bravery".
Malala was not afraid to speak out against the Taliban but she paid a heavy price for her bravery. Shot in the head she sustained terrible injuries but is now well on the road to a full recovery.
This week Malala, now aged 16 will be busier than ever.
On Tuesday, Malala's autobiography entitled "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban", is published. There will be the usual round of book signings, interviews and publicity campaigns.
On Friday Malala will find out if she is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. She is one of this year's favourites to win. Malala was typically philosophical when she spoke to the BBC's Panorama team. She said "If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child"
The Taliban aim to prevent that. Conservatives in Pakistan deride Malala -- "Maulana Gul Naseeb, a prominent figure in the JUI-F, one of Pakistan's leading religious political parties, said: "America created Malala in order to promote their own culture of nudity and to defame Pakistan around the world.""
Sky News continues "Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the group stands by its decision to target 16-year-old Malala who he said has "targeted and criticised Islam". "She accepted that she attacked Islam so we we tried to kill her, and if we get another chance we will definitely kill her and that will make us feel proud. Islam prohibits killing women, but except those that support the infidels in their war against our religion," he added."
Malala hope to return to Pakistan in the future.
Monday's Panormama - Shot for going to school
Mon 7 Oct 2013 20:30 BBC One