Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visited her hometown in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Saturday (Mar 31) for the first time since she was shot by a Taliban gunman as a teenager, two security officials and a family friend said. Roads leading to the 20-year-old education activist’s home in Mingora were blocked off earlier in the day.
Malala has been visiting Pakistan since Thursday, her first trip home since she was shot and airlifted abroad for treatment. The government and military have been providing security, media reports said.
It had been uncertain whether Malala would be able to visit Swat, parts of which spent nearly two years under the Pakistani Taliban militants’ harsh interpretation of Islamic law, due to continued concerns for her safety.
Her trip to Pakistan is expected to last four days. Officials from her Malala Fund group are travelling with her, local media report.