Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Returns to Pakistan
30 March, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Jason Torres
"Whether I was in a plane or driving in a auto in streets of London, I dreamed of being in Islamabad and Karachi but it was not true. I still can't believe it's happening", added Yousafzai, clad in a traditional shalwar khameez outfit with her head covered with a red and blue duppata scarf.
She's using her trip to urge people in the country to join her campaign for girls' education and women's rights.
Malala, 20, is widely known as respected activist for women education and empowerment while conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country.
Earlier, speaking in the ceremony MalalaYousafzai said she had a dream of returning to the country for the last five years.
She overcame tears to describe her experience of the past few years.
"I'm not very old but I've seen a lot", Yousafzai said following a meeting with Abbasi Thursday. From growing up in Swat ─ it was such a handsome place ─ to then seeing terrorism and extremism from 2007 till 2009.
"I wish she had come here, but we welcome her", she said, as she sat among schoolchildren. "I couldn't control what happened". If it was my call, I would never have left my country. "I had no choice, I had to leave for my life". "I had to go out for further treatment, I had to go out to continue my education".
"For the last five years I've dreamed that I can set foot in my country", she said in clip captured by ABC News.
Now 20, she is making her first visit to Pakistan since 2012, when masked gunmen stopped and boarded a bus taking her home from school and shot her. She became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
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At just 11, Ms Yousafzai began writing an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about her life under Taliban rule. "It is your home".
As news broke of Yousafzai's arrival in Islamabad, many Pakistanis said they welcomed her. He said Pakistan has become safe as terrorism has been uprooted. We are proud of you.
Very well said. We'll keep you up to date as more details of her Pakistan visit emerge.
"We welcome Malala.... She is back home".
More recently she tweeted on March 23, Pakistan Day, "I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school".
She now lives in Great Britain.
The outlawed Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for plotting the attack and vowed to target her again. She shared the prize with India's social activist Kailash Satyarthi.
Malala Yousafzai, once a teenage girl among many struggling to get an education in Pakistan is now a celebrated global rights campaigner, Nobel laureate, and student at Oxford University.
In an interview with United States talk show host David Letterman earlier this month, the Oxford University student said that she missed "the rivers and mountains" of the Swat Valley and that all she wanted was for her "feet to touch the ground of home".
After her recovery, Yousafzai announced launching a movement for the promotion of girls' education.
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