Malala Yousafzai, the youngest victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, returned home to Pakistan early Thursday for the first time since she was shot by the Taliban over her campaign against its efforts to deny education to women, her family told NBC News. Reportedly, an event has also been organised to welcome Malala at the Prime Minister's Office.
Malala Yousufzai, the world's youngest Nobel laureate, is expected to reach Islamabad from Dubai in the wee hours of Thursday, Dunya News reported.
Yousafzai will reunite with all of her family in Islamabad during the four-day visit, but she won't visit Swat because of the concerns for her safety, relatives said. She is expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today (Thursday). On Oct. 9, 2012, a gunman stormed her school bus in Mingora and shot her in the face at point-blank range to silence her.
While she is arguably the most recognisable Pakistani in the world, Yousafzai - known nearly universally as Malala - is a polarising figure at home.
But it was only after the shooting, and a subsequent near-miraculous recovery, that she became a truly global figure. She was 17-year at the time - the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.
Malala was a subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary "He Named Me Malala" The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Times magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally.
She was treated for her injuries in the British city of Birmingham, where she also completed her schooling. She is now a student at Oxford University in England. Malala founded the Malala Foundation which is involved in humanitarian work.
At the age of 11, Malala began an anonymous blog for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban domination in her home, Swat Valley.
Many Pakistanis took to Twitter to express delight that the campaigner had returned for the visit, despite ongoing security fears. Yousafzai has repeatedly responded to the criticism with a grace far outstripping her years, often saying education is neither Western, nor Eastern. If cleared, they would visit Swat in a foolproof security cover, sources said.