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Malala returns to Pakistan for first time

Malala returns to Pakistan for first time

Nearly six years after being shot in the face and neck by the Taliban for advocating for the rights of girls, 20-year-old Malala Yousafzai returned Thursday (Mar 29) to Pakistan. Malala, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while she is in Islamabad, where the city is on high alert for security due to her visit, media reports said.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. Ms Malala Yousafzai, now aged 20 and a vocal human rights activist, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012. She is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Details of the trip have been kept secret "in view of the sensitivity", an official told AFP news agency.

Pakistani television broadcast video that appeared to show her with her parents at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport under tight security. The trip is expected to last four days and she arrived with officials from her Malala Fund group, local media reported.

It has not been confirmed if she will visit her family's hometown of Swat in the country's rural north-west during her visit.

A vocal advocate of female education amid militant suppression in Pakistan, she was deliberately attacked on a school bus at 15. Malala's story brought international attention.

The teenager sustained life-threatening injuries in the attack, and had to have part of her skull removed to relieve swelling on her brain. After receiving emergency treatment at a military hospital in Pakistan, she was transported to the UK to recover in Birmingham, where her family continue to live.