The daughter of Pakistan and the youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai has returned to her home country after six years of remaining abroad. She arrived in Islamabad in the early hours of Thursday morning along with her immediate family and members of Malala Foundation.
An event was held in honor of Malala in the Prime Minister’s Office today, where the brave survivor of the Taliban attack spoke at the occasion. She addressed the media after meeting Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and shared her thoughts on returning home.
“I still cannot believe this is happening. I have dreamed of this day for five years. All the time I was in cars and planes across the world, I used to tell myself that I am back home in Pakistan. And it was never true,” she stated in between sobs of happiness.
Malala lamented how so much had changed in her life in so little time. She also said that she would never have left Pakistan if she had a choice.
“The attack happened and I had to leave home, everything was happening itself. I could not control it,” she told the gathering.
The young survivor also thanked her doctors who had operated on her after the deadly attack on her life by the Taliban in October 2012. She added that for further treatment, she had to move abroad and now she has to continue her studies there.
Malala also thanked the people who made her return to Pakistan possible.
“I have always wanted to come back home and meet people here, talk to them, and spend time on the roads and streets I cherish so much, and now that it is actually happening, I am very grateful,” she stressed.
Malala and her father, set up a fund called Malala Fund, which aims to work for the education of girls in Pakistan’s lesser-developed areas.
“We need to invest in education of children in Pakistan. Malala Fund has already spent more than six million dollars in Pakistan for the education of girls,” she said.
Malala also expressed hope that everyone in the country would join hands for the betterment of the nation, adding that empowering women should be at the top of the agenda.