Return of Malala : Swat welcomes its native daughter

Return of Malala : Swat welcomes its native daughter

Return of Malala : Swat welcomes its native daughter

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai says she has pined for her home in Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley, even as she recalled two years living in fear under the Taliban's harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Her family's home region of Swat once used to be a militant stronghold, and she was attacked on a school bus there when she was just 15 years old.

Malala Yousafzai, 20, along with her parents, State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and others landed near her family home in Mingora in the morning amid tight security, the Pakistani media reported. She said she planned to again return to Pakistan in the future.

The Associated Press Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai, second right, poses for photograph with her family members and Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, left, at her native home during a visit to Mingora, the main town of Pakistan's Swat Valley on Saturday.

"I was told by the family that it was very moving when Malala visited her home, Jawad Iqbal Yousafzai said, who is from the same Pashtun clan as Malala and said he had spoken to her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai".

She had asked authorities to allow her to go to Mingora and to Shangla village, where a school has been built with aid from her Malala Fund.

Although she has gained worldwide acclaim and recognition, Ms. Yousafzai is still viewed by many in Pakistan's conservative society in a critical light, and some portray her as a Western stooge.

Malala steps out of a helicopter in Pakistan's notorious Swat Valley where she was shot.

She has been provided with heavy security as the place in said to be extremely under the influence of extremists. She was riding home in her school van. I have the same right on the country as any another Pakistani, she said.

Youzafsai later returned to Islamabad, where she met with human rights activists. That was the year the Taliban attacked the then-14-year-old for advocating for girls' education.

Malala, who is pursuing a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, said that her initial treatment was in Pakistan by army doctors and if they had not done her surgery in time, 'I would not be here today.

Malala ended her whirlwind visit with a trip to an an all-boys cadet college before immediately returning to the Islamabad.

"What I want is for people to support my objective of education and think about the daughters of Pakistan who need an education", she told the newspaper.

Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

The United Nations launched a campaign for girls' education named "I am Malala", which former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown guided as special envoy on global education.

She was flown to Britain for surgery and has remained overseas since, co-writing a best-selling book "I Am Malala" and starting a foundation advocating girls' education worldwide.

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