Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Returns to Pakistan Home

Security high in Pakistan's Swat but Nobelist's visit uncertain

Malala visits hometown in Swat Valley

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai visited her birthplace in Pakistan's Swat Valley yesterday, bursting into tears as she entered her childhood home for the first time since a Taleban gunman shot her in 2012.

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.

However, it is not yet clear if the now 20-year-old would visit the Swat area due to security concerns. This diary by Malala was an insight into the brutal occupation and life under Taliban in the Swat Valley.

"We welcome Malala and the slogan that she has raised - one pen, one teacher".

Yousafzai has won praise from across Pakistan on her return home, but some critics on social media have tried to undermine her efforts to promote girls' education.

"Pakistan is proud of you and you are an asset for our country", the premier said. The activist was unable to repress tears in a televised speech speech in Prime Minister's office, in which he claimed that returning to his country is a "dream".

She was treated first at an army hospital then airlifted to the British city of Birmingham. "My treatment here [Pakistan] was by Army doctors and if they had not done my surgery in time I would not be here today".

Schoolgirls in Yousafzai's hometown were already jubilant over her arrival.

She expressed faith in the Pakistani youth's ability and passion to bring a change.

Mingora is where Malala's family was living and where she was attending school on October 9, 2012, when a gunman boarded her school bus, asked "Who is Malala?" and shot her. She was taken to the United Kingdom for treatment, where she now resides and attends the University of Oxford.

Another family friend, Jawad Iqbal Yousafzai, who is from the same Pashtun clan as Malala, said the family also visited a local army cadet college.

In response to a question about her role models, Malala said the nation had just lost one of the best role models, Asma Jahangir.

'When you translate bravery into human body, you can call her Asma Jahangir.

Her family also told AFP of their joy in coming home. She was targeted for speaking out on girls' education.

"For the betterment of Pakistan, it is necessary to educate girls and empower women", she said.

It was a tumultuous and sentimentally turbulent homecoming and emotions were running high as Pakistan's and probably the world's most famous Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousufzai returned to her native Swat. The security was extraordinary as the Taliban had warned in the past that they would again target her again if she came back to Pakistan.

The shooting drew widespread worldwide condemnation.

Ms Yousafzai left the region after being shot in the head six years ago for campaigning for women's education.

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