LAHORE – Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against them and advocating female education, is currently at the top spot of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2012 list, with as many as 433 people having voted in her favour.
Malala, who has gained 87% votes in her favour, has topped the list of 38 world leaders and celebrities. She has even outnumbered a lot of world leaders including US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reports The Nation.
TIME magazine chooses a world figure every year as its Person of the Year. Voting will close on December 12 and the winner would be declared on December 14.
Malala, 15, was shot in the neck and head by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while she was retuning home from school on October 9. She is now recuperating at a hospital in Birmingham, UK.
Meanwhile, Foreign Policy, an American magazine, has placed Malala at the sixth spot in its top 100 Global Thinkers’ list. She was chosen ‘for standing up to the Taliban, and everything they represent’, according to the magazine.
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