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Malala Yousafzai bestowed with honorary Canadian citizenship

She was greeted on the steps of the Centre Block by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Pakistan Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai
Pakistan Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani was bestowed on Wednesday.

was greeted on the steps of the Centre Block by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as a parade of dignitaries, cabinet ministers and diplomats inside the rotunda beneath the Peace Tower, The Toronto Star reported.

Moments later, presented her with a certificate documenting her as an honorary Canadian, making her the sixth and youngest ever person to receive the honour.

"It is not just an honorary citizenship of Canada; it is also being Canada's friend, and I warmly accept it," told the gathering afterward.

"I want to thank for its passion for girls' education, for its passion for humanity, for refugees, and for standing up for women's rights, and for peace.

"You are a true example to the world of what it means to stand up for humanity, and I'm hopeful you will inspire many more countries and many more leaders to follow your footsteps," she said.

At the ceremony, said that Malala's story was inspirational.

"All the violence you survived at the hands of the Taliban didn't deter you as it would have so many others," told the ceremony. "You stood even stronger in the face of oppression; your passion for justice only intensified," he added.

First Published: Wed, April 12 2017. 23:15 IST
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