Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate has returned to Pakistan after spending six years abroad. It has been learnt that the young activist will stay in Pakistan till April 2, and during her stay she will work to promote education in less-developed areas of the country.
According to the details provided, Malala and her immediate family landed in Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday morning. She is accompanied by officials of the Malala Foundation, and the entire team flew into Islamabad from Dubai and landed at the airport at 1:30 am. They had taken a separate flight from Birmingham to Dubai.
Malala’s trip was kept secret due to security reasons and during her entire stay in Pakistan, she and her entire team will be kept under tight security. Malala is expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi later today and an event will also be held to welcome her at the Prime Minister Office.
During her stay, the young activist, who is now 20, is scheduled to discuss the prospects of promoting education in less-developed areas of the country. For this reason, she is scheduled to meet high-ranking Pakistani authorities.
Malala came to the spotlight when she was shot in the head by Taliban in October 2012 in her hometown of Swat, while she was on her way home from school. She survived the attack but sustained severe injuries to her head and neck which left her paralyzed for a few months.
After she was shot, she was airlifted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi. She underwent a series of surgeries before she was flown to the UK for advanced treatment.
Since then, Malala has remained in the UK and last year, she was also enrolled at the prestigious Oxford University for A-levels, where she continues to study.
In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to and struggle for promoting education for children. She was 17-year at the time — the youngest-ever Nobel laureate. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.
Malala was a subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary “He Named Me Malala”. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Times magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. She is also a United Nations Messenger of Peace.