Nobel laureate Malala arrives in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Nobel laureate, women rights and education activist Malala Yousufzai arrived in Pakistan on a four-day visit late Wednesday night here in Islamabad.

According to reports, Malala will be staying in Pakistan for four days. She will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, other government officials and important figures.

Returning home for the first time since 2012, Malala will be staying at a private hotel. She is accompanied by close family members and will also meet her extended family. It is yet to be confirmed whether she will visit Swat, her hometown.

A special programme titled “Meet The Malala” will be organised at the PM House. Reports also suggest that she will be provided high-level security.

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in October 2012 in the head at point-blank range as she left from school in her hometown of Swat.  The shooting drew widespread international condemnation and she was subsequently sent to Britain for treatment.

Malala has become an internationally recognised symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education and other rights.

In 2014, 17-year-old Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.


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