ISLAMABAD: Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai returned to her native Pakistan on Thursday, six years after she was shot by Taliban gunmen over her advocacy for schooling for girls.
Pakistani station Geo TV showed footage of Yousafzai at Islamabad’s international airport walking to a car escorted by a security convoy.
At age 17, Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her education advocacy.
“On this day, I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school. Happy Pakistan Day!” she wrote on March 23.
After surviving the attack, Yousafzai was airlifted abroad and underwent surgery.
Declining to return to Pakistan after her recovery, Yousafzai moved to Britain, setting up the Malala Fund and supporting local education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria and Kenya.
Earlier this month, a new girls’ school built with her Nobel prize money opened in Shangla, near her home district of Swat.
Yousafzai is currently studying at Oxford University.
While she is arguably the most recognizable Pakistani in the world, Yousafzai – known almost universally as Malala – is a polarizing figure at home.