Nobel laureate Malala visits hometown for first time since attack

Nobel laureate Malala visits hometown for first time since attack

Nobel laureate Malala visits hometown for first time since attack

"Today is the happiest day of my life, because I have returned to my country".

Later, 20-year-old girl, also accompanied by Pakistani Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, has met with students from Guli Bagh Institute of Cadets, in a meeting that was also invited by several friends. I have never felt so happy.

Her comments came after she broke down in tears as she delivered a speech on Thursday where she said that it was a "dream" to be back in the country after so many years.

Malala landed by helicopter in the town of Mingora, in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley, amid heightened security together with her father, mother, and two brothers on March 31.

"When I gave my first talk..." I have the same right on the country as any another Pakistani, she said.

"My first visit to Swat Valley after five and a half years since the attack". I said thank you. "The fear that if you are going to school, someone might stop you and throw acid in your face".

In a letter, written by Adnan Rashid, the Taliban militant, claiming the attack on Malala Yousafzai in 2012, it was highlighted that the attack on Malala was because of her belief that "pen is mightier than the gun".

It made her a target.

In response to a question about her role models, Malala said the nation had just lost one of the best role models, Asma Jahangir. Malala was targeted because she advocated for education for girls.

In 2014, she jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, becoming the youngest person ever to do so.

"The people of Swat and the whole of Pakistan are with Malala", Iqbal said standing in front of a portrait of Yousafzai with her father, who is a teacher.

A relative told NBC News on condition of anonymity that Malala wanted to visit her hometown during this week's trip "at any cost".

"What I want is for people to support my goal of education and think about the daughters of Pakistan who need an education", she told Pakistan's The News in comments published on Saturday.

Her family also told AFP of their joy in coming home.

She told Pakistani media that majority of Pakistanis supported her. "The first word of Islam, or the first word of the Koran, is "Iqra" which means "read". The government and military have been providing security.

"The most handsome place on earth to me".

"They still have their sleeper cells and facilitators there", said Rahimullah Yousafzai, a renowned analyst.

In 2007 the Islamist militants had taken over the area, which Malala affectionately called "My Swat", and imposed a brutal, bloody rule.

The 20-year-old, who is now a student at Oxford University, was accompanied by the Pakistani military during her visit on Saturday to Swat Valley, which was once a militant stronghold.

So it was in my plan.

"What I want is people support my goal of education and think about the daughters of Pakistan who need an education".

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