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Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan, first time since attack

The 20-year-old arrived at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport near capital Islamabad and is expected to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

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Almost six years after Malala Yousafzai was shot at point-blank by the Pakistani Taliban, the young Nobel laureate returned to her home country, Pakistan, on Thursday.

The 20-year-old arrived at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport near capital Islamabad and is expected to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The capital was put on high alert for security due to her visit, according to media reports. While she was battling for her life in 2012, the Taliban had said that they would attack her again if she survives.

It remains unclear for how many days will the female education activist be traveling in her home country. Yousafzai has been living in the United Kingdom since recovering from the attack in 2012.

In 2012, Malala (then 14-years-old) and her classmates were attacked in their school bus by assailant from the Pakistani Taliban in Mingora in the Swat Valley region.

Malala was taken to a military hospital in Pakistan where doctors placed her in a medically-induced coma so that she could be flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK for better treatment.

Since her recovery, Yousafzai has continued to actively fight for girls and their right to education across the world.

Yousafzai also established the Malala Fund, which invests in educational initiatives for girls in her home country and in countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria and Kenya. The Fund also focuses on Syrian refugees in Jordan.
First Published on Mar 29, 2018 10:47 am
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