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Security high in Pakistan's Swat but Nobelist's visit uncertain

Security high in Pakistan's Swat but Nobelist's visit uncertain

"We're very happy that Malala has come to Pakistan".

Yousafzai, 20, won worldwide renown after she was shot by the Taliban in Mingora. She was shifted from Pakistan to a hospital in Birmingham in a precarious condition after she had sustained a bullet in her head in a targeted attack by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Swat.

Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai consoled the teary eyed 20-year-old Saturday morning upon her arrival at the home. He agreed to be interviewed inside the family home and pointed out a shelf in her room with books, including Shakespeare's Comedy Of Errors and Romeo And Juliet, as well as a copy of the TV series, Ugly Betty.

Yousafzai entered her childhood home with her family and said she hopes to return to Pakistan after completing her studies in the United Kingdom. She plans to return to Britain on Monday. In the past five years I had always dreamt of stepping foot in my country, Malala said as she slightly broke down speaking about her return.

Yousafzai still faces some critics of her advocacy work for girls' education in Pakistan.

The 20-year-old also thanked the Army and government for the role they played in her return to the county, adding that without them this would not have been possible. The secrecy surrounding the visit was a testament to the lingering dangers in Swat. Bibi said Yousafzai "lit the candle of education".

Since then, she has championed the cause of young women's right to an education, campaigning around the world and raising millions of dollars to launch programmes in Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Lebanon and elsewhere.

He said the family was expected to also visit a local army cadet college, as well as a tourist resort. In 2012, a masked gunman boarded her school bus, singled her out and shot her.

According to her uncle, Mahmoodul Hassan, Yousafzai is visiting her home and plans to meet with friends and relatives.




She had asked authorities to allow her to go to Mingora and to Shangla village, where a school has been built with aid from her Malala Fund.

"We welcome Malala and the slogan that she has raised - one pen, one teacher".

Yousafzai has delighted in telling the Taliban that instead of silencing her, they have amplified her voice.

However she has also been met with pockets of intense criticism. In a small period of time, her diary gathered attention.

She wrote an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu service as a schoolgirl during the Taleban rule and later became outspoken in advocating more educational opportunities for girls.

"Those who do criticize have absurd kind of criticism that doesn't make any sense", she said in an interview with Pakistan's The News English-language newspaper published Saturday. Don't think about me. I don't want any favor or I don't want everyone to accept me.

Not everyone in Swat, though, has such reverence for Yousafzai, who became the youngest Nobel laureate in history in 2014 at age 17. I was anxious that I might have done something wrong and I am in trouble. "Islam has taught me the importance of peace".

'They are lucky to have many role models like you [interviewer Hamid Mir] to follow, she said. You don't know how to respond.