Malala Returns to Pakistan for the First Time Since She Was Attacked by the Taliban

The Nobel Peace Prize insists on the cause of girls’ education, which almost costs her life

Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who survived an attack to defend the education of girls in her country, has returned to Pakistan six years after she was attacked by the Taliban. The agenda of the young woman in her four-day visit to her own land has not been revealed, as it is a sensitive trip, but an interview with  the Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has been confirmed to address issues related to education. of the girls, the great fight of Malala.

“It’s the best day of my life, I still can not believe I’m in Pakistan, it’s a dream,” said the 20-year-old girl, wiping her tears with her hands in a speech broadcast on television, Efe reports.

The young woman, who is traveling with her parents, arrived today at the Islamabad international airport, where she expected a strong security device. “Pakistan welcomes Gul Makai [as the activist is also known] to your home, we are proud of you,” said Foreign Affairs spokesman Mohamed Faisal on Twitter, reports France Presse.

Many of his compatriots have celebrated their arrival in Pakistan on Twitter. “Welcome Malala Yousafzai, the brave and resilient daughter of Pakistan, back to her country,” wrote politician Syed Ali Raza Abidi. A famous local journalist, Hamid Mir, has asked moderation from commentators and opposition politicians in his comments about the young woman’s visit. “The international media is very close to his return and [the use of inappropriate language] will tarnish the image of Pakistan,” he said.

The activist had already proclaimed on the 23rd on her Twitter account her desire to visit her land. “On this day I embrace the memories of my home, playing cricket on the rooftops and singing the national anthem at school, Happy Pakistan Day!” He said, recalls the Europa Press agency.

Malala suffered an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban in 2012. The young activist was 15 years old when a Taliban shot her in the head on the bus that was taking her to school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. She was transferred to a hospital in the English city of Birmingham, and stayed to live there with her family, continuing with her studies and activism.

Malala  miraculously survived that attack, becoming a heroine and spokesperson for girls who struggle to have the right to education. In 2014, when she was 17 years old, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Indian Kailash Satyarthi, for her defense of the rights of children.

The Nobel Prize immediately won the enmity of the radical Islamist circles of his country, which oppose the emancipation of women. But it also raised misgivings among a part of the Pakistani middle class, which is in favor of the right to education, but who can not bear to tarnish the image of Pakistan and are skeptical about the fight against armed Islamists, which they consider inspired. for the United States.


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