I Am Asad Hashim - journalist for the Al Jazeera English website - just got back from Swat Valley in Pakistan. Ask me (almost) anything!
Asad Hashim will be here soon to start answering questions.
Asad is a journalist who works for the Al Jazeera English website and was recently deployed to Swat Valley in Pakistan - specifically, Malala Yousafzai's hometown - to report on the developments there. Malala, who has been campaigning for education for girls, was attacked on October 9 as she was returning home from school in Mingora. She and two other schoolgirls were injured in the attack. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have since claimed responsibility for the shooting.
You can see his latest reports here.
Asad was recently pulled back from Swat and is now in Islamabad due to safety concerns, as the Taliban have now issued warnings against all journalists reporting on Malala Yousafzai.
Start asking the questions, and he'll be on in about 20 minutes (2pm EDT) to start answering them!
EDIT 1: Hey guys. Have just logged on - shall begin answering your questions shortly.
EDIT 2: Hey all - this has been great. Thanks for all the questions - I hope I was able to at least semi-adequately answer some of them. It's 12.30am here in Pakistan, so I think I'm going to call it a night. I'll check back in tomorrow morning, though, and continue answering any questions I've left out. Thanks again!
EDIT 3: Logged in for a bit to answer some more questions this [Friday] morning. Have to run to a meeting, but will check back here a little later.
EDIT 4: Have just had one final stab at answering questions, and am now about to close proceedings on this AMA. Many thanks again to all of you for your questions! I really enjoyed doing this, and hope to be back again soon! Cheers.