Expectations were high across Pakistan on Friday (October 11) that their teenaged heroine Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for
campaigning for girl's education, would win this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
In Malala's hometown in the restive Swat valley, school children held special prayers for her to win the Nobel Peace Prize and become the youngest winner of the prestigious award.
Yousafzai started her campaigning by writing a blog in 2009 in which she described how the Taliban prevented girls like her from going to school. She has said being shot has only strengthened her resolve.
After receiving death threats from the Taliban for defying the Islamist militant group with her outspoken views on the right to education, Yousafzai was shot a year ago while on a school bus near her village in Swat in northwestern Pakistan.
Malala recovered after medical treatment in Britain, and is now a favourite among experts and betting agencies to be named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.