Malala is MARRIED: Nobel Peace Prize winner who was shot by the Taliban reveals she and her partner tied the knot at a ceremony in her Birmingham home
- Malala Yousafzai tied the knot with her partner Asser Malik in Birmingham
- The Nobel Peace Prize winner revealed the marriage in a set of photographs
- She said she was ‘excited’ to have married the Pakistan Cricket Board worker
Malala Yousafzai has tied the knot almost a decade after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ rights to an education.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner, 24, has married her partner Asser Malik at a ceremony in her Birmingham home.
Malala shared sweet photographs from the wedding day, where she wore a beautiful pink bridal Nikah, to Twitter.
She smiled next to her new husband, who wore a matching pink tie, in adorable outdoor snaps.
Another image showed Malala touching her hair as Asser signed the marriage contract.
Malala shared sweet photographs from the wedding day, where she wore a beautiful pink bridal Nikah, to Twitter
It is not known when Malala and Asser began their relationship, but her husband posted a birthday message in July (pictured together)
Malala is pictured in the documentary He Named Me Malala when she was aged 19
Asser was last year appointed operations manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Malala captioned the photographs: ‘Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life.
‘We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.’
It is not known when Malala and Asser began their relationship, but her husband posted a birthday message in July.
He wrote: ‘Happy Birthday to the most amazing @Malala.’
Earlier this year, Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai said he would allow her to choose her own partner.
Malala’s parents had was has been described as an ‘an arranged love marriage’.
Malala, who at the age of 15 survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman after campaigning for girls to be educated, has become a glocal icon for women’s rights
But Malala has previously expressed doubts about whether she would ever marry. In June she told Vogue: ‘I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?’
At the age of 15 Malala survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman after campaigning for girls to be educated. She has since become a global icon for women’s rights.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline nine months ago, Mr Yousafzai, 51, said his daughter was fully independent and should create the life she wants.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Mr Yousafzai, 51, said his daughter was fully independent and should create the life she wants. He said: ‘In our community, when a girl reaches 23, she is usually married by now and has little say in the matter’
He said: ‘In our community, when a girl reaches 23, she is usually married by now and has little say in the matter.
‘To me, tribe or caste does not matter at all. I think the most important thing is that this is her (Malala’s) life. I’m the kind of father who believes in their children’s education and freedom.
‘She has the right to choose her own partner or nobody at all, it’s up to her.’
Having lived in the UK since she was shot in 2012, she has graduated from Oxford, rubbed shoulders with the world’s leading politicians and celebrities and set up a foundation focused on girls’ education.
Malala helped to home school her mother Toor Pekai while the family was in lockdown
Her family are Pashtuns, a fiercely traditional and patriarchal community from the mountainous region of Pakistan who are known for arranging marriages for girls at a young age and are reluctant to educate them.
Mr Yousafazi said: ‘I have left these issues up to Malala. She’s very independent. I will be comfortable with anyone that she is happy with.’
He added: ‘The only thing I would say is that she should go for someone who respects her values, her freedom and her independence. She would be a better judge of that than me, I believe in her wisdom.’
Malala was shot at point blank range in the side of the head as she sat on school bus after defying the Taliban by continuing to go to school.
Malala graduated from Oxford University but then deferred a place at Harvard to focus on running the Malala Fund with her father, an organisation she established that works across the world to implement girls’ education programmes. Pictured: Malala at Oxford
Miraculously, she survived and was rushed to Britain for medical treatment, and continued with her extraordinary work. It culminated with Malala becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014, at just 17.
Her passionate beliefs on female equality were shaped by Mr Yousafazi, a former teacher who publicly spoke out against the Taliban and their attempts to close girls’ schools, even before she was shot by them.
Mr Yousafazi admitted his beliefs are ‘extremely rare’ in the Pashtun community and that even when he was in Pakistan, he would rail against forced marriages and stress the importance of girls’ education.
As Malala herself has previously noted on her birth: ‘Welcoming a baby girl is not always cause for celebration in Pakistan – but my father Ziauddin Yousafzai, was determined to give me every opportunity a boy would have.’
Having lived in the UK since she was shot in 2012, she has graduated from Oxford, rubbed shoulders with the world’s leading politicians and celebrities and set up a foundation focused on girls’ education
Malala is pictured with 18-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg
The family lived in the mountainous Swat district, which at the time of Malala’s shooting, had been infiltrated by the Taliban.
Mr Yousfaafazi, who often had to go into hiding because of death threats from the extremists, added: ‘I would tell parents that the best thing they could do for their daughters is to put a pen in their hands and get them to study and that what the Taliban were doing was not true Islam.’
Malala graduated from Oxford University but then deferred her place at Harvard to focus on running the Malala Fund with her father, an organisation she established that works across the world to implement girls’ education programmes.
But Mr Yousafazi revealed that in between overseeing the work of the Malala fund, she has spent lockdown home schooling her mother, Toor Pekai, 49, who is attending online English classes.
Mr Yousafazi (with his wife and three children), who often had to go into hiding because of death threats from the Taliban
She has also been helping her youngest brother Atal, 17 with his homework. Malala also has another brother, Kushal, 21, who is studying at a university in London.
Mr Yousafazi added: ‘Like so many other British people, Malala has been doing a lot of home schooling and has been helping her mother every day with her English course and Atal with his studies, when he asks her.
‘But unlike many people, she has really enjoyed home schooling. Malala loves education and is one of the most committed and dedicated students I have ever met and that’s what also make her such an excellent teacher.’
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