ISLAMABAD – Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousufzai arrived in Pakistan early Thursday, nearly six years after she left the country following a failed assassination attempt by Taliban.
Malala landed at Islamabad airport from Dubai via flight no. EK-614. She will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other important figures.
The Pakistani Nobel laureate and education activist, who was accompanied by her parents and CEO of Malala Fund, will participate in “Meet the Malala” programme during her stay in Pakistan, sources added. She is expected to stay in Pakistan for four days.
In October 2012, Malala — then 15-years-old — was shot in the head at point-blank range by Taliban gunmen as she was returning from her school in Swat valley. She suffered bullet injuries and was admitted to the Military Hospital Peshawar and then taken to London for further treatment.
Later Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan took responsibility, saying they attacked the girl for her “pro-peace, anti-Taliban and ‘secular’ agenda”.
The shooting drew widespread international condemnation and she was subsequently sent to Britain for treatment.
In 2014, Malala became the youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights.
“I am very proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the first young person to receive this award,” Malala had said after receiving the award.