Malala in tears as she returns to hometown where she was shot

by Abel Hampton April 2, 2018, 6:08
Malala in tears as she returns to hometown where she was shot

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousufzai came back to her country of origin - Pakistan for the first time after she was wounded by the Taliban terrorists.

Ms. Yousafzai brushed off the criticism and said she could not understand why people had turned against her when she merely wanted girls to get an education, have careers and enjoy a better life.

Yesterday, Yousafzai flew by helicopter to visit her childhood home in Swat Valley amid heavy security.

Malala won global acclaim after she was shot by the Taliban for her campaign to improve education for women.

In 2014, Malala became the youngest Nobel laureate, honored for her work with the Malala Foundation, a charity she set up to support education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria and Kenya.

Security was tight around her former home, now rented by a family friend, Farid-ul-Haq Haqqani, who has kept the young woman's room intact with her books, school trophies and luggage.

Among the most recent terror attacks in Swat, at least 11 soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a security check post in Mingora, Swat during February this year.

"They are lucky to have many role models like you [Hamid Mir] to follow", she told the interviewer.

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

Malala offered flowers in Birmingham
Malala in Birmingham 2014. Image Oli Scarff Agence France Presse — Getty Images

I miss everything about Pakistan. from the rivers, the mountains, to even the dirty streets and the garbage around our house, and my friends and how we used to how we used to fight with our neighbours.

Earlier this month, an all-girls school built with money from the Malala Fund opened in Shangla district northeast of Mingora, where her family lived before moving to the city.

She also attended a gathering at the army's Cadet College in Swat - an area once controlled by the Taliban who were responsible for shooting her. Picture: AAP.

Interestingly, she called Swat "a piece of heaven".

Ms. Yousafzai, who has said that she wants to run for Prime Minister one day, added: "It is my plan to return to Pakistan after completion of my education, because it is my country and I have equal rights on it like any other Pakistani".

She spent three weeks in intensive care before having part of her skull removed to relieve swelling in her brain. I have never felt so happy. She was accompanied by Pakistani Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb.

She arrived in Pakistan on Thursday and was greeted with honours by the government and institutions.

Malala was quoted as saying that she was happy to return in Swat Valley. "My treatment here [Pakistan] was by Army doctors and if they had not done my surgery in time I would not be here today". But she told me that I had won the Peace Prize.

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