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PESHAWAR, December 10: Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have been awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Ms Yousafzai and Mr Satyarthi received the award at a ceremony in Oslo, the capital of Norway.

The 17-year-old Malala has been declared youngest Nobel Prize winner. Parents of Ms Yousafzai and two of her friends, Kainat and Shazia, also attended the event.

On the occasion, Ms Yousafzai said she would continue with her efforts for the rights and education of children and announced to set up schools in her native district, Swat.

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have congratulated her for receiving the Prize.

Meanwhile, Pakistani singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sardar Ali Takkar enthralled the audience with their inspirational compositions.

The Nobel committee chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland, emphasised on the significance of education. “The road to democracy and freedom is paved with knowledge,” he was quoted by a western media organisation.

Mr Jagland praised Mr Satyarthi’s endeavours to discourage child labour. He also appreciated Ms Yousafzai’s efforts to promote education despite threats to her life.

Leaders from various countries have congratulated both the laureates, who were declared “champions of peace” by the Nobel committee.