Pakistan's president visits shot schoolgirl

Pakistan's president visits shot schoolgirl

Pakistan's president visits shot schoolgirl

Updated 9 December 2012, 6:39 AEDT

Pakistan's leader has flown to Britain to visit the young schoolgirl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.

The Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, has described Malala Yousefzai as a 'remarkable girl' and a credit to his country.

He was speaking during a visit to a hospital in Britain, where she has been receiving specialist medical care since October.

15-year-old Malala was flown out of Pakistan following the brutal attack on her school bus.

She was targeted by the Taliban for promoting girl's education.

Mr Zardari met the teenager's family during a private meeting at the specialist Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in central England.

"President Zardari, accompanied by his daughter Asifa Bhutto, met clinicians who have been treating Malala since her admission to the hospital," the hospital said in a statement.

"They were brought up to date on the 15-year-old's medical progress and her future treatment plan by (the trust's) medical director, Dr Dave Rosser."

In an attack that shocked the world, Malala was shot in the head on October 9 as punishment for the "crime" of campaigning for girls' rights to go to school.

She miraculously survived the murder attempt but requires reconstructive surgery after the bullet grazed her brain, coming within centimetres of killing her.

There have been calls for the teenager to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.