A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to education has been sent to Britain for medical treatment, the military says.

“Pakistan has arranged with the UAE for a specially equipped air ambulance to transfer Malala to the UK”, it said in a statement after the United Arab Emirates had told Pakistan it was ready to send a plane to evacuate her.

The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $US100,000 ($97,900) for the capture of her attackers.

She was treated at the country’s top military hospital in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital Islamabad, where doctors yesterday removed her ventilator for a “successful” short trial.

“The medical team treating Malala have been reviewing her progress at regular intervals and consulting with international experts,” the statement said.

It added “the acute phase has been managed in accordance with international standards and the medical team is pleased with her present condition, which has been described as optimal”.

The Pakistani military says Malala will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of her trauma.

It says she will need to repair damaged bones in her skull and will require intensive “neuro rehabilitation”.

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