Malala returns to Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai Returns To Pakistan Six Years After She Was Shot By Taliban

The 20-year-old arrived unannounced with her parents under tight security at Islamabad's worldwide airport on late Wednesday night.

"It is now actually happening and I am here", she said.

She reportedly plans to stay for 4 days, but her itinerary is being kept tightly guarded.

Last week, on Twitter, Yousafzai, who lives in Britain and is studying at Oxford University, expressed a longing for her homeland.

"Today, I am very happy that, after five-and-a-half years, I have set foot on the soil of my nation again", she said in Urdu. I don't normally cry. She was transported overseas for medical treatment and hasn't been back since. She also went to school in Britain.

It is not yet clear whether she will visit her home village in the Swat Valley. In February, a suicide bombing there killed 11 troops, underscoring the threat that still exists.

Residents of Swat said they were happy to see her return.

Accompanied by her parents and other officials of Malala Fund, the 20-year-old human rights activist arrived at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad. We have invested more than $6 million on girls' education in Pakistan, and we are continuing this work.

The premier also assured her of the provision of security in case she wants to visit anywhere in the country. Local television stations showed her with her parents in the lounge at the airport, before leaving in a convoy of almost 15 vehicles, many of them occupied by heavily armed police. Her lip quivered and she cupped her hands over her face to hide the tears.

Pakistan is religiously conservative and late previous year Ms Yousafzai was trolled online after a picture of her in Oxford wearing western clothes - jeans and heeled boots - was shared on social media.

But her activism has continued.

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"Although I'm just 20, I have seen a lot". "I would say we are honoured to have you back and hope that you return permanently".

Her blog, written anonymously with the clarity and frankness of a child, opened a window on the miseries being perpetrated in Pakistan.

In 2012, a member of Taliban attacked Malala for attending school. Two other girls also sustained gunshot wounds.

After surviving the attack, Yousafzai was airlifted overseas and underwent surgery.

This led her to a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, the youngest-ever recipient of the award.

"When girls like us go to school in Swat, the only reason is Malala Yousafzai", the schoolgirl said.

A social media campaign used the slogan "Know the real heroes" to attack the visit. Yousafzai has repeatedly responded to the criticism with a grace far outstripping her years, often saying that education is not just for those in the West.

Earlier this month she congratulated students on their first day at KKF Model School in Shangla - the school in Pakistan that was built with the help of her 2014 Nobel Peace Prize money. "Happy Pakistan Day!" as quoted by Los Angeles Times. Now, for the first time since leaving to seek that treatment, she's home.

Ms. Yousufzai emphasised need for education in Pakistan.

Mr Fazlullah's spokesman, Mohammad Khurasani, said earlier this month that Mr Fazlullah's son was among 21 "holy warriors" killed by missiles fired by a USA drone at a seminary in Afghanistan.

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