Shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai able to stand, doctors say

Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by Taliban for speaking up against the regime, is able to stand with assistance, doctors told The Associated Press Friday.

Yousafzai is now recovering in a hospital in Birmingham, where she was transferred from Pakistan after the Oct. 9 shooting.

Yousafzai is also able to write now, doctors said.

She still has an infection after a bullet grazed her head and her heath remains fragile.

“She is also keen that I thank people for their support and their interest because she is obviously aware of the amount of interest and support this has generated around the world,” said Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Her recovery comes as Taliban have threatened to attack both foreign and local news agencies for their coverage of the shooting.