The Nobel prize winner for peace Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan for the first time since she was shot by Taliban government for advocating girls education in 2012.
Malala is a human rights activist who currently lives in Birmingham, UK.
She is expected to hold meetings with the Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi. A news agency has said that the details have been kept secret for safety and sensitivity concerns. The local media footage showed her parents in tight security at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport.
However, it has not been confirmed if she will visit her family’s hometown of Swat in the rural north west of Pakistan. The visit is expected to last four days.
Many celebrities took to Twitter to welcome Malala to her motherland.
She started an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about her life under Taliban rule at the age of 11. They attacked her on a school bus. She sustained life-threatening injuries. The story was brought to international attention.
The Pakistani Taliban said at the time that they shot her because she was ‘pro-west’ and ‘promoting western culture in Pashtun areas.’
Malala was sent to a hospital Birmingham for treatment where she survived and her family started living there. She completed her schooling there and since her recovery, she has continued to speak up for children’s education and rights around the world.
In 2014 she became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the joint winner with Kailash Satyarthi from India.
Last year she earned a place at Oxford University.
Despite security measures, the Pakistan Taliban are still active in the country. They have caused a number of deadly attacks in school and colleges killing hundreds of lives.
Malala has repeatedly expressed her wishes to return to Pakistan. She describes her hometown as paradise on earth. “I have received a lot of support in my country. There is this lust for change. People want to see a change in their country. I am already doing work there but I want my feet to touch that land.” She said in a Netflix special episode.
Pakistan is a religiously conservative country. Last year Malala was trolled on social media for wearing western clothes.