Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, married her boyfriend in an Islamic ceremony in Birmingham. She and Asser Malik attended a nikkah ceremony in which the bride and groom agreed to marry.
The activist, who is 24 years old, described it as “a priceless day” in her life.
After being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, the Pakistani women’s rights activist sought safety in the West Midlands.
She tweeted on Tuesday, “Asser and I tied the knot to be companions for life,” describing how they had participated in a “little nikkah ceremony with relatives.”
She went on to say, “We are delighted to walk together for the adventure ahead.”
Malala Yousafzai, now 24, was 15 when the Taliban attacked her in Pakistan for advocating for girls’ access to education.
Malala escaped an assassination attempt in which a terrorist boarded her school bus in the northwestern Swat valley and opened fire, injuring two of her classmates and Malala.
After recovering from her near-fatal injuries, she and her family moved to Birmingham, which she later described as “a second home.” She was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. She moved on to Oxford University to study and is now a prominent human rights activist.
Malala has advocated for improved support for Afghan refugees, inked a deal with Apple TV+ to produce documentaries, and graced the cover of British Vogue since graduating, all while continuing to campaign to promote girls’ access to school.
What is Asser Malik’s background?
Asser Malik is the Pakistan Cricket Board’s High-Performance General Manager and is well-known in the sport (PCB).
Before joining the PCB, he was a product of Lahore’s prestigious Aitchison College and subsequently Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), where he developed the player development program. He was also affiliated with the Pakistan Super League side Multan Sultans before joining the PCB.
While it is unclear how long the pair have known each other, Mr Malik’s Instagram account shows them cheering on Pakistan at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground in June 2019.
A nikkah is not legally recognized in England on its own. Therefore it’s unknown if the couple had a second civil ceremony.
Malala has already expressed her apprehensions about marriage.
“I still don’t understand why people have to get married,” she stated in a July interview with Vogue.
“Why do you have to sign marriage papers if you want someone in your life? Why can’t it just be a partnership?” she went on.
“‘Don’t say anything like that,’ my mother says. ‘You must get married; marriage is lovely.'”
The news of the ceremony was liked by tens of thousands of fans online loved—more than thousands wishing the couple as well.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jemima Goldsmith, and MP Sajid Javid were among those who congratulated her on Twitter.