The Hush Post: The youngest Nobel laureate 20-year-old Malala Yousafazai arrived in Pakistan late Wednesday night, more than five years after surviving a brutal attack by the Taliban.
Yousafzai’s flight- Emirates’ EK-614 – landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport at 1:41 AM, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported. A visibly happy Yousafzai, wearing Pakistani shalwar kameez and dupatta, was seen at the airport with her parents and CEO of Malala Fund. She received a warm welcome in her homeland and greeted her hosts with smiles. She is expected to stay in Pakistan for four days and will stay in a private hospital.
She is likely to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other important dignitaries. She will also participate in the ‘Meet the Malala’ programme, the report said.
Malala was shot in the head and neck in October 2012 by armed Taliban men for supporting girls’ right to education. An assailant from the Pakistani Taliban attacked her and her classmates in their school bus in Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Severely wounded, Yousafzai was taken by helicopter to military hospital in Peshawar, where doctors placed her in a medically induced coma. An air ambulance flew her to Great Britain for treatment, where she received treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Since then she has been staying in London along with her family. She is now studying in the Oxford University in London.
The Taliban had said that she would kill her if she visits Pakistan again. A red alert and high security has been sounded in Islamabad and other places she is likely to visit during her stay in Pakistan.
In her most recent public interview she told talk show host David Letterman that she missed “the rivers and mountains” of her home in Swat Valley and all she wanted was for her “feet to touch the ground of home.”
Yousafzai had attended school despite the growing threat of fundamentalists opposed to girls getting education. She also blogged for the BBC about the dangers of living in the area and the importance of girls going to school.
At the age of 17, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize sharing the prize with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist. She founded the Malala Fund, which invests in local educational initiatives for girls in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Kenya, and in Jordan, where it focuses on Syrian refugees.