Malala marries partner in ‘precious’ ceremony at home in Birmingham


Malala Yousafzai married Asser Malik at her home in Birmingham on Tuesday (Picture: Malin Fezehai / Reuters)

Girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai has announced she has got married at a small ceremony in Birmingham.

The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner has wed partner Asser Malik, according to an update she posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

‘Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,’ she wrote.

‘We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.’

The Pakistani activist, 24, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 after angering them with her campaign for girls’ schooling.

She moved to Birmingham after recovering from her horrific injuries and has continued to passionately campaign for girls to have a universal right to education.

Malala completed a philosophy, politics and economics degree at Oxford University last year.

She was named a Nobel laureate in 2014, sharing the award with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.

Malala and new husband Asser wed in a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham (Picture: Reuters)
Malala said it was a ‘precious day’ (Picture: Reuters)

The campaigner has set up the Malala Fund, which aims to support the education of girls around the world and has invested $2 million in Afghanistan.

She has also recently signed a deal with Apple TV+ that will see her produce dramas and documentaries that focus on women and children.

Malala said a small service took place at her home in Birmingham, attended by family and friends.

Pictures showed her in a pink dress, while her partner wore a matching tie.

Malala, sitting next to husband Asser to her right celebrated with family (Picture: Reuters)
The couple said: ‘We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.’ (Picture: Reuters)

Her new husband, Asser, is a general manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s High Performance Centre.

The couple have kept their relationship private but Asser shared a photo of himself with Malala on his Instagram page in 2019 when they both attended a cricket match at Lord’s.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chelsea Clinton were among those to send their best wishes after the news was announced.

As recently as July this year, Malala told British Vogue magazine that she was not sure if she would ever marry.

‘I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?’ she was quoted as saying in a lengthy profile.

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