Malala returns to Pak for 1st time since she was shot in head

by International | 29-03-2018 | 642 views

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai broke down during an emotional return to her native Pakistan on Thursday, 29 March, six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating greater education of girls.Yousafzai, travelling with her father and younger brother, met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the capital, Islamabad, before giving a brief speech on national television.It was Yousafzai's first visit to her homeland since she was shot in late 2012 and airlifted abroad for medical treatment."For last five years I have dreamed that I can set foot in my country," she said, wiping away tears. "It's the happiest day of my life. I still can't believe it's happening," added Yousafzai.She said that if it had been up to her, she would never have left Pakistan."I don't normally cry... I'm still 20 years old but I've seen so many things in life", she said.

At the age of 17, in 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy.Yousafzai spoke of the importance of education and about the efforts of her charitable foundation to help girls, often switching between English and the Pashto and Urdu languages."Welcome home," Prime Minister Abbasi told Yousafzai.Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan Prime MinisterWe are very happy that our daughter has come back. When she went away, she was a child... She has returned as the most prominent citizen of Pakistan.But she is unlikely to travel to her home region of Swat, in mountains northwest of Islamabad, due to security threats against her.

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