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Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since being shot by Taliban

Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since being shot by Taliban
Malala received a warm welcome on social media when news of her visit to Pakistan broke (Picture: Getty)

Campaigner Malala Yousafzai has reportedly gone back to Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in the head fighting for education for girls.

Malala was the victim of an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012 while riding the bus to school.

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She had been targeted for her efforts to promote education for girls in Pakistan – including writing a blog about her life under Taliban occupation for the BBC when she was just 11-years-old.

Reports in local media suggest the 20-year-old arrived at Islamabads international airport in the early hours of this morning.

Pakistani television channel Geo TV aired footage claiming to show Malala – now an Oxford University student – leaving Benazir Bhutto International Airport and getting into a car escorted by a security convoy.

epa06635106 Pakistani activist for female education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (in black vehicle) arrives at a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, 29 March 2018. Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban militants in her hometown of Swat, Pakistan on 09 October 2012 in responce to her struggle for female education, which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. Malala Yousafzai is returning to Pakistan for the first time in 6 years and is expected to meet with Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. EPA/SOHAIL SHAHZAD
The black car, carrying Malala and her family, arrives at a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan (Picture: EPA)
Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai sits with her family in a VIP lounge of Islamabad Airport upon her arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan, in this still image taken from PTV video footage released on March 29, 2018. PTV/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. PAKISTAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN PAKISTAN
Malala pictured with her family in a VIP lounge of Islamabad Airport in Pakistan on March 29 (Picture: Reuters)

It is reported that she will meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during her stay.

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Malala was just 15 when she was targeted by the terrorist group for her fearless campaigning.

She was flown to England in the days following the attack, and treated at Birminghams Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Fearing reprisals in her native country, her and her family decided to make the city their home.

In 2014 she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since being shot by Taliban
The Nobel Prize winner attends a Matriculation Ceremony at Oxford University (Picture: Getty)
Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since being shot by Taliban
Malala was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to have access to education (Picture: PA)

Her campaign for childrens rights to education across the world has seen her address the United Nations on the issue.

It has not been confirmed if she will visit her familys hometown of Swat in the countrys rural north-west during her visit.

People on Twitter wholeheartedly welcomed the return of the activist after news of her overnight homecoming broke.

Return of #Malala is another evidence of extremists defeat Inshallah… Lets not be divided by suspicions lets give @Malala respect and honor she deserves … Welcome #MalalaInPakistan

— Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 28, 2018

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