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Malala returns to London after four-day Pakistan trip

ISLAMABAD: The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist, Malala Yousafzai, who made a four-day visit to her homeland Pakistan returned to London this morning.

Malala, who is currently studying at Oxford University, visited the PM House and her hometown Swat during the visit. She also campaigned for Malala Fund, which is working towards educating girls in Pakistan among other countries.

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The young activist, who was accompanied by her parents, had returned to Pakistan early Thursday morning, more than five years after she left the country following she was shot by the militants in 2012.

After her return to her hometown in Swat on March 31, the education activist said: “I left Swat with my eyes closed and now I am back with my eyes open,” she said in an interview after landing in Swat, referring to how she was airlifted out in a coma after the attack in 2012.

Malala Yousafzai

“I am extremely delighted. My dream has come true. Peace has returned to Swat because of the invaluable sacrifices rendered by my brothers and sisters,” she said at a school outside Mingora, the district’s main town, where she was escorted by the Pakistani military.

The visit — on which she was accompanied by her father, mother, and two brothers — was kept tightly under wraps.

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Malala Yousafzai with her family after arriving in Swat Valley.

Malala has become a global symbol for human rights and a strong social activist for girls’ education since a gunman boarded her school bus on October 9, 2012, asked “Who is Malala?” and shot her.

In 2013, Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education worldwide.

On December 10, 2014, Yousafzai received Nobel Peace Prize with Indian children’s rights and education advocate Kailash Satyarthi.



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