Homecoming: Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan after nearly six years

Published: March 28, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: The youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, landed in Islamabad in the wee hours of Thursday, after spending nearly six years abroad.

Although there was no official confirmation, reports suggested that Malala, her immediate family, and officials of the Malala Foundation flew into Islamabad from Dubai and landed Islamabad airport at 1:30am. They had taken a separate flight from Birmingham to Dubai.

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According to reports, Malala is scheduled to stay in Pakistan until April 2. She is expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today (Thursday). Reportedly, an event has also been organised to welcome Malala at the Prime Minister Office.

During her stay in Pakistan, Malala, now 20, is scheduled to discuss the prospects of promoting education in less-developed areas of the country with Pakistani authorities, officials said. Her visit was kept secret due to security reasons, according to sources.

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It is still not clear whether Malala would visit her hometown of Swat, where she was shot in the head in October 2012 by Taliban gunmen for actively supporting girls’ right to education.

Malala was on her way home in a school van when she and her class fellows were shot. She was hit in the head, but survived the attack and was airlifted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), Rawalpindi, where she had several surgeries before she was flown to the UK for advanced treatment.

The attack had left Malala with a serious brain injury and she struggled to speak for several months after the assault.

In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to and struggle for promoting education for children. She was 17-year at the time — the youngest-ever Nobel laureate. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.

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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 is also a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

In August last year, Malala was enrolled at the prestigious Oxford University for A-Levels. She also founded the Malala Foundation which is involved in humanitarian work.

Malala first came to spotlight as a schoolgirl, when she started writing, under the pseudonym ‘Gul Mukai’, a diary of her life under the Taliban rule in Swat that appeared in BBC Urdu. Malala strongly advocated promotion of education through her diary.

Some security officials claimed that Malala and her family members, including her father, mother and two brothers, expressed the desire to visit Swat, but clearance has not yet been issued by security agencies. If cleared, they would visit Swat in a foolproof security cover, sources said.

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  • MS
    Mar 28, 2018 - 11:41PM

    Welcome home our princess. You are our pride..Recommend

  • cxghjxtd
    Mar 29, 2018 - 12:29AM

    the main heroine of fake drama comes back to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 29, 2018 - 1:29AM

    Pakistan army saved her town and life, but everytime she appears on western media she talks againsst Pakistan Army and her father want swat to secede from Pakistan, he is anti pakistani Recommend

  • murad abbasi
    Mar 29, 2018 - 1:43AM

    Well, this is the fourth time I got notified of this news. Seriously express tribune! Don’t you have anything important to talk about?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 29, 2018 - 2:41AM

    Welcome back Malala! You made Pakistan proud (and ignore the petty jealous haters you’ll encounter here, they’ll never do anything significant in their lives)Recommend

  • Sameer
    Mar 29, 2018 - 5:06AM

    She is ready…Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Mar 29, 2018 - 5:54AM

    Pakistan’s future PM welcome home !!Recommend

  • Ali Yousafzai
    Mar 29, 2018 - 6:41AM

    Welcome home Malala. I know bigots and conspiracy theorists would find it hard to digest, but most of the sensible Pakistanis are proud of you.Recommend

  • JA
    Mar 29, 2018 - 8:38AM

    Welcome Malala, you are at home nowRecommend

  • Asif Paki
    Mar 29, 2018 - 8:38AM

    What is her services to Pakistan on ground ?? Can someone explain. Did she run a school or any other social service while she was in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Khaman
    Mar 29, 2018 - 9:23AM

    Those who says she is a courageous lady may first define and understand courage. Writing diaries by someone else is neither courage nor competency. Taking a bullet in head does not justify a noble prize. There are thousands of courageous people in Pakistan who stood against terrorism and lost their lives, who spent their entire life in promoting peace, serving disastrous communities and promoting education. Fleeing from a a country where scores of millions of people live and face is not courage. This is total misuse of Noble prize. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 29, 2018 - 9:37AM

    Another one of those western puppets- Nobel prize has been made a joke by awarding to this puppet and so many like her.Recommend

  • Johnpauljones
    Mar 29, 2018 - 9:55AM

    Welcome home my little sister. You are a role to my daughters,may God be your guide and protector. Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 29, 2018 - 10:26AM

    Welcome Back. May Allah protect you and protect all our daughters. Recommend

  • Saira Khan
    Mar 29, 2018 - 10:31AM

    @MS:
    Thank God someone said pride instead of “our proud”, as is normally the case in Pakistani English. Recommend

  • wb
    Mar 29, 2018 - 11:09AM

    Unwanted child that the Pakistan could not abort!!!

    On this one, I agree with Pakis. While I completely sympathize with her and wish her only good, she definitely did not deserve Nobel. She had done nothing to deserve nobel.Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Mar 29, 2018 - 11:34AM

    Welcome home Malala.. Pakistan is proud of you..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 29, 2018 - 11:49AM

    pride???note my words .. this dolls strings are in hands of our enemy and time will prove thisRecommend

  • Zubair
    Mar 29, 2018 - 12:28PM

    The Way West and America is treating Malal, they treated Haqqani Taliban in 1980’s like same. Today they are dubbed terrorist. Should Malal start speaking against US war on Terror, she will be history. ..Finaly, puppets like her, Haqqani Taliban etc can not be my hero. Recommend

  • Melton mobray
    Mar 29, 2018 - 1:44PM

    @Pakistani:
    Agreed, promoting female education is very unstabiling to the nation.Recommend

  • m. Hussain
    Mar 29, 2018 - 2:58PM

    Welcome home Malala. Recommend

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