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Malala Yousafzai Returns To Pakistan For The First Time After Being Shot By Taliban In 2012

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| March 29 , 2018 , 10:36 IST

The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani national Malala Yousafzai on Thursday returned to Pakistan for the first time after she was shot by Taliban gunmen in 2012 over her advocacy for schooling for girls.

Details of Malala's trip have been "kept secret in view of the sensitivity surrounding the visit," but according to Pakistani media she will be meeting Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, as well as other important figures during her 4 day trip.

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On October 9, 2012, when Malala was 14 years old and returning from school, Pakistani Taliban gunmen stopped her school bus, boarded asked "Who is Malala?" and shot her, rendering her condition critical. She was then airlifted to London for further treatment and has since then been in the UK itself.

The Taliban later claimed that they attacked her in response to her blog for the BBC advocating education for girls. Despite the attack, Malala continued her advocacy for education for girls, and in 2014 she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 years.

Malala was unable to return to Pakistan after recovering due to security risks, but she set up the Malala Fund and supported local education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria and Kenya.

Although Malala is considered to be an icon internationally, in Pakistan she has been slammed for portraying the country in a poor light and seeking her own fame.