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    Shot girl’s father hails ‘miracle’

    LONDON — The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban described his daughter’s survival and ongoing recovery as miraculous Friday, and said her shooting was a turning point for Pakistan.

    Malala Yousufzai is recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she was flown for treatment and protection from Taliban threats after she was shot on Oct. 9 in northwestern Pakistan. The Islamist militants say they are targeting Malala because she promoted so-called Western thinking and secularism.

    Her father, Ziauddin, along with her mother and two brothers were reunited with her Thursday night after flying to Britain. Ziauddin Yousufzai said that her status now is ‘‘a miracle for us.’’

    Associated Press