“There is an Emirati plane ready to evacuate” 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding she would be flown out once “final preparations are complete.”
Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Jamil Ahmed Khan, told a private Pakistani television network that the young child rights activist would be flown to Dubai for further treatment.
The military said on Sunday that Malala is making “slow and steady progress” in her recovery.
The shooting of 14-year-old Malala has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers.
She is being treated at the country’s top military hospital in Rawalpindi and on Saturday she showed signs of improvement by moving her hands and feet.
“Doctors have reviewed Malala’s condition and are satisfied,” military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Sunday.
“She is making slow and steady progress which is in keeping with expectations. Recovery from this type of injury is always slow.”
Doctors are continuing to monitor Malala’s condition and will carry out a detailed examination on Sunday evening, Bajwa said.
The cold-blooded murder attempt has sickened Pakistan, where Malala came to prominence with a blog for the BBC highlighting atrocities under the Taliban, who terrorised the Swat valley from 2007 until a 2009 army offensive.
Activists say the shooting should be a wake-up call to those who advocate appeasement with the Taliban.