The marriage of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner has surprised and captivated the attention of millions of supporters all over the world.
At age 24, Malala Yousafzai has tied the knot with Pakistani cricket coach Asser Malik in an intimate, heart-warming ceremony at her Birmingham home.

However, it was a great surprise to everyone as the couple kept their relationship secret from the whole world, reported the Daily Mail.

In photographs released by Nikkah, Malala appeared radiant in her beautiful pink bridal gown, along with her husband, wearing a matching pink tie in lovable outdoor snapshots.

Another image revealed Malala was touching her hair while Asser signed the marriage contract. The bride captioned: “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life.”

The couple expressed their excitement on their further journey in each other’s company and expressed their gratitude for the blessing prayers from supporters.

Sharing on a Twitter post, Malala’s father said that he and his wife deluged with joy and gratitude, saying “Alhamdulillah,” which means “praise be to God” in Arabic.

The Nobel Peace winner’s wedding has attracted social media’s attention and received tens of thousands of best wishes and congratulations, including Jemima Khan’s, Greta Thunberg’s, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s.

Malala’s marriage amazed the public even more as Malala had expressed doubts about getting married in an interview with Vogue. She said, “I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers? Why can’t it just be a partnership?

Malala was touching her hair while her husband signed the marriage contract on Nov. 10, 2021. (Reuters/Screenshot via TheBL/YouTube)

How long Malala and Asser have been dating remained unanswered. The only clue left was a photo of the couple standing next to each other, along with a birthday greeting Asser wrote on Malala’s birthday in July 2019, saying: “Happy Birthday to the most amazing Malala.”

Asser had worked as an operations manager for Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans before being nominated as high-performance manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Asser also manages an amateur league franchise named “Last Man Stands” in Pakistan in his thirties. He aims to revamp grassroots cricket in Pakistan in an organized and structured manner.

The couple’s future home location is still unknown. Malala has spent more than six years living in Birmingham since 2014, while her husband’s worksite is in Lahore, Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail nine months ago, Malala’s father, Mr. Yousafzai, 51, expressed his unconditional support for his daughter’s decision and his belief in her independence.

Their family is known as Pashtuns, a fiercely traditional and patriarchal community from the mountainous region of Pakistan. The community’s girls are usually forced to get married when reaching the age of 23 and have almost no say in the matter.

On the contrary, Malala’s father takes his daughter’s happiness as the priority with his absolute trust in her education and freedom. “I have left these issues up to Malala. She’s very independent. I will be comfortable with anyone that she is happy with,” he said. “She has the right to choose her own partner or nobody at all; it’s up to her.”

The only thing the father stressed was that Malala should go for someone who respects her values, freedom, and independence.

Malala used to make a note on her birthday: ‘Welcoming a baby girl is not always cause for celebration in Pakistan—but my father Ziauddin Yousafzai was determined to give me every opportunity a boy would have.’

Malala, Aseer, along with Malala’s parents, Nov. 10, 2021. (Reuters/Screenshot via TheBL/YouTube)

At the age of 15, Malala miraculously survived a deadly headshot from a Taliban gunman, making her the women’s rights symbol.

Malala was shot at point-blank range in the side of her head when she was on a bus heading to school, defying the Taliban, and campaigning for girls’ education rights. Malala was brought to Britain for medical treatment and kept on with her extraordinary mission afterward.

At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest Nobel Prize Winner in 2014.

Living in the UK since 2012 after the shooting, Malala graduated from Oxford, shaking hands with the world’s leading politicians and celebrities and setting up her foundation focused on girls’ education.

Mr. Yousafazi, Malala’s former teacher, is the one who inspired her on female equality. He had publicly spoken out against the Taliban and their attempts at closing girls’ schools, even before Malala got shot.

In the Pashtun community, Yousafazi’s beliefs are “extremely rare,” even in Pakistan. However, he insisted on his continuing protest against forced marriages and asking for girls’ education rights.

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