Pakistan president visits hospital treating Malala

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In this photo provided by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Pakistan\'s President Asif Ali Zardari, left, and his daughter Asifa Bhutto, right, meet with Malala Yousufzai, where she is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained when a Taliban gunman opened fire on her and her friends outside the Khushal School for Girls in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The Taliban targeted Malala because of her outspoken and relentless objection to the group\'s regressive interpretation of Islam that keeps women at home and bars girls from school. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)


LONDON (AP) — Pakistan's president has visited a British hospital where a 15-year-old schoolgirl is being treated after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.

Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital says Asif Ali Zardari met with doctors treating Malala Yousafzai during a visit Saturday.

It said that the leader was briefed about Malala's medical progress, before having a private meeting with the girl's father and brothers.

Malala was airlifted to the hospital after she was targeted on Oct. 9 by militants in the northwest Swat Valley.

The Taliban targeted Malala for criticizing the militant group and promoting secular girls' education, which is opposed by the Islamist extremists.