Congressional Gold Medal for Malala reintroduced in US legislature

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A legislation to award the prestigious United States (US) Congressional Gold Medal to Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani peace activist who was shot in the head by Taliban, has been reintroduced in the US Congress, according to media reports on Saturday. Introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, House Resolution No 60 called to award the medal to Malala in recognition of her devoted service to education, justice and equality in Pakistan. Malala, who was shot by Taliban for her girls’ education campaign, was discharged from a British hospital on Friday. Noting that Malala is a symbol of hope in a country long plagued by violence and despair, the resolution said she represented the future of Pakistan and is the new face of the country and an advocate for human rights for women. Lee had first introduced the resolution in Congress on November 13, 2012, and was sponsored by nearly three dozen members of the House. Since it was not passed by the Congress, it was reintroduced in the new Congress this week. “Malala stood against the oppressive policies imposed upon the citizens of Pakistan by the Taliban”.