ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Friday Malala Yousufzai stands tall as a symbol of girls’ education and defiance against those who wish to impose their obscurantist agenda behind the facade of religion.

In his message on the occasion of ‘Malala Day’ that is being observed worldwide today (November 10), the president said, “Malala Day is being observed today all over the world to show solidarity with the brave daughter of Pakistan Malala Yousufzai who stood defiantly to militants to pursue her education and refused to bow to their threats and faced the bullets instead of giving up.”