Tears of joy as Malala returns to Pakistan after five years

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who rose to fame after she was targeted by Taliban back in October 2012 and went on to become the youngest Nobel Prize winner of the world, finally set foot on Pakistan’s soil after five years. She said it was her dream to come back to Pakistan and was so happy to be standing on that soil again.

Malala couldn’t control her emotions as she addressed a ceremony held in her honour at Prime Minister’s House. She was in a state of disbelief still. “I dreamed of returning every single day during the last five years. Whenever I went somewhere, to New York, to London, I would miss my homeland and my father would tell me to imagine I was driving on Islamabad’s roads or that the city I was landing in was Karachi. And today, when I am actually here, I’m so happy…”, Malala said as tears of joy rolled down her cheeks.

“I always dreamed of returning to a Pakistan where I could walk the roads without any fear, meet the people, talk to them and my home is the same as it used to be before”, she said.

Malala had been shot in the head in October 2012 and she was shifted to London after initial surgery. She currently resides in England where she’s studying at Oxford University.

The Nobel laureate has come to Pakistan after more than five years amid state security and will stay here for four days.

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