Malala Yousafzai visits Swat Valley in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan: From struggling for an education to youngest Nobel peace prize winner

Malala has been visiting Pakistan since Thursday, her first trip home since she was shot and airlifted overseas for treatment.

Yousafzai entered her childhood home Saturday accompanied by her father, mother and brother.

Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in Mingora when she was only 15 years old in October 2012.

In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 in recognition of her efforts for children's rights.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai was happy to return to her hometown, Mingora, Pakistan, on Saturday, her first time back since a Taliban attack in 2012.

The brief trip by the 20-year-old Nobel laureate is a highly symbolic moment for Pakistan, which regularly touts Swat as a success story in its long battle with extremism as it defends itself against accusations by the United States and others that its northwest remains a safe haven for militancy.

On Thursday, Yousafzai met with Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at his office, where she also attended a gathering and made an emotional speech in which she said it was one of the happiest days of her life to be back in her country.

Reports say that the stringent security measures were taken and roads leading to Malala's home in Mingora were blocked earlier in a day as part of a security plan. "It is her wish to again see her hometown, her school and her home, where she spent years of her life", she told The Associated Press. But she told me that I had won the Peace Prize.

Yousafzai, who is now studying politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, England, upon her arrival, described her hometown as the most lovely place on earth. "Always it has been my dream that I should go to Pakistan and there, in peace and without any fear, I can move on streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people".

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In response to a question about her role models, Malala said the nation had just lost one of the best role models, Asma Jahangir.

She suffered bullet injuries and was admitted to the Military Hospital Peshawar and then taken to London for further treatment.

"Some students are transported by the school, an initiative paid for, along with the books, uniforms, tuition for the orphans and poorer students, teacher salaries and the building itself, by the Malala Fund", said Sajid Shah, the principal of the school.

However she has also been met with pockets of intense criticism.

She vowed to return upon completion of her education overseas.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks during an interview with Reuters in Maiduguri, Nigeria, July 18, 2017.

"I asked her when are you permanently coming back and she said 'God willing, when my education is completed, I will God willing come back to Pakistan'".

Malala is widely respected internationally, but opinion is divided in Pakistan, where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country.

"What I want is for people to support my objective of education and think about the daughters of Pakistan who need an education", she told the newspaper.

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