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Malala’s dad throws shade at the Taliban, tweets her exam results

She has more than just a Nobel Peace Prize to be proud of.


Janet Manley


Posted on Aug 21, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:04 am CDT

It was a master stroke of subtweeting. Today, the father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, simultaneously announced her impeccable final exam results and tossed some shade the Taliban’s way. Well done, sir.

The Pakistani teen has attended an independent high school for girls in the UK after she was targeted and shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for pursuing an education.

Malala’s test results qualify her to take “A levels”—more advanced school leaving qualifications—in her pick of subjects. She previously told The Guardian that she would be focusing on the humanities for her final two years of high school. This, while continuing to advocate for educational access for girls around the world through the Malala Fund.

Malala celebrated her 18th birthday in July by opening a school near the Syrian border to serve female refugees. 

Looking ahead to college, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart jokingly chided Malala in a June 18 interview: “I’m not in any way suggesting you aren’t going to get good test scores, but you’re also going to need some extra-curriculars. The Peace Prize will only get you in so good.”

If we were Ziauddin, we’d pin that tweet.  

H/T Buzzfeed | Photo via Bill Selak/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 21, 2015, 12:38 pm CDT