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Malala returns to Pak since Taliban attack, meets PM Abbasi

30 March 2018

We request Malala Yousafzai to spread the message of peace as a messenger of Pakistan in the whole world, said the PM.

"It is now actually happening and I am here", she said. "I had to go out for further treatment, I had to go out to continue my education".

"We have to invest in education".

Days before her surprise visit to Pakistan, Yousafzai tweeted about her home country: "On this day, I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school".

Later Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility, saying they attacked the girl for her "pro-peace, anti-Taliban and "secular" agenda".

The Nobel Prize-winning activist, now 20 years old, visited the country on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Yousafzai, often switching between English and the Pashto and Urdu languages, took time to speak on the importance of education, particularly for the girl child.

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"Pakistan is her home and if she has come home we welcome her, but we think that she has come as part of worldwide agenda to malign Pakistan and we strongly condemn that", Kashif Mirza, president of All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, an association representing some 200,000 schools, told AFP.

She is frequently attacked by conservative Pakistanis as portraying her country in a bad light and seeking her own fame.

But she is unlikely to travel to her home region of Swat, in mountains northwest of Islamabad, due to security threats against her, a relative and security sources told Reuters. "I'm still 20 years old but I've seen so many things in life". "[She] defeated the dark force of fear".

"I wish she had come here, but we welcome her", she said.

She later became a vocal advocate of female education amid militant suppression in Pakistan, and was deliberately attacked on a school bus at the age of 15.

She was treated for her injuries in the British city of Birmingham, where she completed her schooling.

The youngest ever victor of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, she has continued to be a vocal advocate for girls' education while pursuing her studies at the University of Oxford.

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"I always dreamt of this moment", she told an audience at the office of the prime minister on Wednesday.

Her career as an activist began in early 2009, when she started writing a blog for the BBC about her life under Taliban occupation and promoting education for girls in Pakistan's Swat Valley.

Opponents were murdered, people were publicly flogged for supposed breaches of sharia law, women were banned from going to market, and girls were stopped from going to school.

Yousafzai's return Thursday made instant news in Pakistan.

Her Malala Fund was "already working on it", she said.

After her recovery, Yousafzai has since written a book, spoken at the United Nations and met with refugees, mesmerizing the world with her eloquence and her unrelenting promotion of education for girls. "There are thousand of girls and boys who stayed back in Pakistan and fought out TTP unlike Malala", wrote Riz Khan hours after Malala arrived in country, referring to the Pakistani Taliban.

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Malala returns to Pak since Taliban attack, meets PM Abbasi