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Malala Yousafzai Arrives in Pakistan Six Years After Assassination Attempt by Taliban

The young Nobel laureate is likely to hold meetings with Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other influential figures in the country.

Updated: March 29, 2018 7:46 AM IST

By News Desk

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Islamabad (Pakistan), Mar 29: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate and a campaigner for girls’ education, arrived in Pakistan late Wednesday night nearly six years after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for campaigning and promoting education for girls. Geo TV reported that Malala Yousafzai‘s flight- Emirates’ EK-614 – landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport at 1:41 AM. She is expected to stay in Pakistan for four days.

The young Nobel laureate is likely to hold meetings with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other influential figures in the country. Malala is also expected to attend a “Meet the Malala” programme, ANI reported. A Pakistani government official, however, said that the precise details of her itinerary have been “kept secret in view of the sensitivity surrounding the visit.” (Also Read: Malala Yousafzai Summarises Her 2017 and Twitterati is Inspired)

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The 20-year-old was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October 2012 for promoting education for girls. She was only 15-year-old then. The Taliban gunman boarded the school bus she was travelling in, in the Swat valley on October 9, 2012, and asked “Who is Malala?” and shot her. The Taliban later said that they shot her as she was “pro-west” and “promoting western culture in Pashtun areas”. (Also Read: New Constellations Named After Harry Potter, Serena Williams, Malala Yousafzai)

Soon after the attack, she was airlifted to the Military Hospital Peshawar. Yousafzai was then shifted to London for further treatment. She completed her studies at a school in Birmingham. Malala was honoured with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 which she shared with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. She has been continuing her campaign for education for girls while studying at the Oxford University.

With the view of “working for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear”, Malala also set up the Malala Fund with her father Ziauddin.

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