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WATCH: Malala gives inspiring speech at Commonwealth Games opening in Birmingham

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  • Malala Yousafzai represents Pakistan during opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games.
  • Prince Charles attends ceremony instead of Queen Elizabeth.
  • Malala shares important message for all athletes in speech.

In a proud moment for Pakistan, Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai attended the Commonwealth Games inauguration ceremony Friday and outlined the importance of girls’ education during her address.

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was held in Birmingham and attended by Prince Charles instead of Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. The Prince declared the games open as he read out the message of the Queen for the Commonwealth nations.

Malala Yousafzai represented Pakistan and highlighted the importance of girls’ education in Pakistan during the ceremony through a documentary film.

In her speech, Malala said it was an honour to attend the meet and stressed the importance of girls’ education.

“It is an honour for being here in the opening ceremony and I welcome everyone in Birmingham,” she said.

“The young athletes competing at the Games are a reminder that every child deserves the chance to reach her full potential and pursue her wildest dreams,” she said.

Competitors from 72 nations and territories will be vying for medals in 19 sports over a jam-packed 11 days in the English Midlands.

Pakistani athletes reach Birmingham 

The Pakistani contingent for the games comprises 103 athletes, coaching staff and officials. As many as 68 Pakistani athletes will be in action in 12 different sports in these games, 27 of them are female athletes, including 15 players in the women’s cricket team.

Some of the games in which athletes will be taking part are hockey (men), women’s T20 cricket, swimming, athletics, badminton, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, juddo, squash, gymnastics and table tennis.

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IBO in Dera Ismail Khan District: Armed Forces Remove Renowned Terrorist

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Security forces carried out an intelligence-driven operation in the Dera Ismail Khan District. During the operation, there was a fierce gunfight between the own troops and terrorists, which resulted in the extermination of terrorist Muhammad Sohail, who continued to actively engage in terrorist acts against law enforcement agencies and the targeted killing of innocent civilians. A sanitization operation is currently underway in the area to eradicate any additional terrorists that may have been discovered there. The local community has expressed gratitude for the operation and their unwavering support in the fight against terrorism.

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Promoting Mother Languages: Int’l Mother Language Day Being Observed Today

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All around the world, including Pakistan, today is International Mother Language Day. “Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning” is this year’s topic for the day.

Numerous events have been planned to honor the day and emphasize the value of Pakistan’s regional languages.

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Foreign Nationals’ Repatriation: Thus Far, 493,648 Afghans Have Left Pakistan

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Afghans and other undocumented foreign people are still being returned to their country of origin in a courteous and secure way.

493,648 Afghan people who entered the country illegally have returned home so far.

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