Oct 16 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
POLICE are questioning two people who turned up at a hospital where Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, is being treated.
Dr Dave Rosser, medical director at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said he did not believe there was a threat to her safety.
He said outside the hospital: “Clearly, it is a police issue but I understand that a number of people turned up claiming to be members of Malala’s family, which we don’t believe to be true, and have been arrested.
“We don’t believe there is any threat to her personal security - we think it’s probably people being over-curious.”
West Midlands Police later clarified no arrests were made and the two visitors were well-wishers.
Meanwhile doctors treating Malala have said they are planning the reconstructive operations she will need.
The 14-year-old was flown to Birmingham Airport yesterday and transferred to the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which has a decade’s experience of treating British military casualties.
Dr Rosser explained experienced surgeons are going over the procedures Malala will need as part of her “prolonged care” on the road to physical and psychological recovery.
“It’s obvious that Malala will need reconstructive surgery, and we have international experts in that field, so it’s beginning to plan for reconstructive surgery,” he said.
The teenager was shot with two classmates as they made their way home from school in Swat, in the north west of Pakistan.
She was attacked by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls and criticising the militant group in what Foreign Secretary William Hague described as a “barbaric attack”.
Malala was saved by neurosurgeons in a Pakistani military hospital and has since been in intensive care. She was transferred to the UK by an air ambulance arranged by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mr Hague has said: “Malala’s bravery in standing up for the right of all young girls in Pakistan to an education is an example to us all.
“Our thoughts remain with Malala and her family at this difficult time.
“The public revulsion and condemnation of this cowardly attack shows that the people of Pakistan will not be beaten by terrorists.
“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.”