Trip to Pakistan since Taliban attack: Malala

Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person and the first Pakistani to win the Nobel Peace Prize

The 20-year-old global education activist met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi just hours after landing in Islamabad.

She said she remembered having to leave Pakistan for treatment after she was attacked. "Whenever I travel in a plane, auto I see the cities of London, New York and I was told that just imagine this is Pakistan, imagine that you are traveling in Islamabad, imagine that your are in Karachi".

"We are fighting a war against terror", he said. "When I travel to cities like London or NY I always imagined that I am driving in Islamabad or Karachi", she said.

When she was awarded the Nobel along with Indian child-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, she said that "education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities".

Malala was 14 years old when she was almost assassinated by the Pakistani Taliban for simply wanting to go to school.

As the audience broke out into applause, Yousafzai began to cry and paused to cup her hands over her face.

However, she will not travel to the Swat Valley in the north of the country, where the shooting occurred.

These sacrifices as part of ongoing anti-terrorism operations in Pakistan have established peace in the country and eliminated terrorism, Abbasi said.

Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday, almost six years after she was shot by the Taliban for advocating girls rights to education.

She had said Ms Yousafzai's return was a proud day for Pakistan and that it was "an incredible surprise (when) I woke up to this morning" to know that Yousafzai is back along with her parents.

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Now 20, she is making her first visit to Pakistan since 2012, when masked gunmen stopped and boarded a bus taking her home from school and shot her. If it was my choice, I wouldn't have left my country at all.

An emotional televised address from the young Oxford student on her return unleashed a torrent of gushing tweets.

The hardline Islamist movement blew up girls' schools and imposed a strict interpretation of sharia Islamic law during their rule over Swat.

"Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations", said the committee. The school was completed this month and started academic activities.

"I never wanted to leave my country but my doctors advised me to go overseas".

"But it was always my dream that I return to Pakistan", she added.

A private school headmaster in Swat, Ahmad Shah, said the region's people were eager to greet her.

"One positive aspect of Malala's image is that now mostly people are welcoming her".

She is frequently attacked by religious conservatives as portraying her country in a bad light and seeking fame.

She has since spoken at the United Nations, mesmerizing the world with her eloquence and her unrelenting commitment to the promotion of girls' education through the Malala Fund, a book, meetings with refugees and other activism.

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