Security personnel at the entrance of the Serene Hotel, where the activist and Nobel Peace Prize 2014 Malala Yousafzai is staying during her stay in Islamabad
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014 and a militant in favor of women’s rights, traveled to her native Pakistan, on Thursday, for the first time since she survived an attack there in 2012.
The details of his trip were not revealed due to the „sensitive nature“ of his visit, said a member of the Government.
The 20-year-old girl passed through Islamabad’s international airport with a major police escort, according to photos broadcast on local television.
Malala, who traveled with her parents, will meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during his four-day visit.
The activist survived in 2012 to an assassination attempt by Pakistani Taliban when she returned home after school. After being operated in England, where she lives since then, she became an advocate of the right to education for children.
Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, along with the Indian Kailash Satyarthi, for her work in favor of early childhood education.
After living with his family in Birmingham, in the center of England, where he studied in a school for girls, he entered the University of Oxford where he studied economics, philosophy and political science.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in January.
The Nobel Prize immediately won the enmity of the radical Islamist circles of his country, which oppose the emancipation of women. But it also raised misgivings among a part of the Pakistani middle class, which is in favor of the right to education, but who can not bear to tarnish the image of Pakistan and are skeptical about the fight against armed Islamists, which they consider inspired. for the United States.
Many of his compatriots, however, celebrated on Twitter their arrival in Pakistan.
„Welcome #MalalaYousafzai, the brave and resilient daughter of Pakistan, back to her country,“ wrote politician Syed Ali Raza Abidi.
A famous local journalist, Hamid Mir, asked moderation of commentators and opposition politicians in his comments about the young woman’s visit. „The international media is very close to his return and [the use of inappropriate language] will tarnish the image of Pakistan,“ he said.
– Fear in the valley –
Malala began its fight in 2007, when the Taliban imposed their law in the valley of Swat (northwest), once a peaceful tourist region located in the foothills of the Himalayas.
His father, school director, had a great influence on the girl, whose mother is illiterate. At just 11 years of age, he wrote on a blog on the BBC’s website in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Under the pseudonym of Gul Makai, he described the climate of fear that reigned in his valley.
The name of that girl full of cold blood, lover of books and knowledge, began to circulate first in Swat and then in the rest of the country, when she won a national prize for peace.
On October 9, 2012, TTP jihadists (Pakistani Taliban) broke into Malala’s school bus after school. One of them asked who Malala was before shooting him in the head.
The teenager was evacuated between life and death to a hospital in Birmingham, where she regained consciousness days later.
The militant, who since then became a global icon of the fight against extremism, had never given up returning to her country despite the threats.
„I hope to be able to return to Pakistan one day, it’s hard not to see your home, your family and your friends for more than five years,“ he said in January during his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
„We’re not going to ask men to change the world, we’re going to do it ourselves,“ he said then.