Canada earlier had announced that the country would bestow honorary Canadian citizenship to Malala, the Nobel laureate. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was scheduled to attend the function which was organised for the young lady who won Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
The Prime Minister of the country earlier in 2013 had announced government's intention to grant Malala honorary citizenship. Local news papers earlier had reported that the PM himself would moderate an afternoon question-and-answer session with Malala at a Toronto high school.
Stephen Harper was scheduled to bestow Canadian honourary citizenship to Malala
Later the PM would give honourary Canadian citizenship to the Pakistani education activist at a downtown hall. However, all their plans went in vain following the shoot out at the Parliament.
Stephen Harper, who was present in parliament meeting lawmakers when the attack happened, was immediately taken away to safety.
17-year-old Malala was shot in the head by Taliban for insisting that girls, as well as boys, have the right to an education. With the help of British medical care, she survived to become an international advocate for girls' education.
She was awarded the Nobel peace prize along with India's Kailash Satyarthi, who has fought over the years to end child labour.