Nearly six years after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for advocating education for girls in 2012, Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday. The 20-year-old accompanied by her parents, landed in Islamabad from London at around 1.41 am, reports Geo News.
Malala's trip is expected to last for four days and will include meetings with Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa among others.
"I welcome #MalalaYousafzai the brave and resilient daughter of Pakistan back to her country," politician Syed Ali Raza Abidi wrote on Twitter.
Malala was on her way home in a school van with other girls after taking an exam when the Taliban gunmen opened fire on them. Yousafzai, who belongs to the Swat Valley, has been living in the UK since the attack in October 2012, reports Dawn news.
After her recovery, Yousafzai announced launching a movement for the promotion of girls' education. In 2014, Malala and India's Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. She visited a number of countries as official guest where she was warmly welcomed and given an official protocol and reception.
During a visit to Canada last year, she was provided an opportunity to address the country's parliament.
In April 2017, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres selected Malala Yousafzai to be a UN messenger of peace, the highest honour bestowed by the UN chief on a global citizen.