Malala breaks down in tears during her address in Islamabad

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala returns home after over 5 yrs

Malala Yousafzai, the young Nobel Peace Prize victor, has returned to Pakistan on Thursday, March 28, for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by some angry Taliban militants for her fearless move to champion the cause for the education girls in the country, LA Times reports.

Yousafzai was targeted by Taliban gunmen for campaigning for female education in the deeply conservative region.

He was speaking at a ceremony in honor of Malala at the Prime Minister Office in Islamabad today (Thursday).

Pakistani station Geo TV showed footage of Yousafzai at Islamabad's worldwide airport walking to a auto escorted by a security convoy.

"And I think that it's my old home again ... so it is actually happening, and I am grateful to all of you".

Marvi Memon, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, said it was a pleasant surprise for her to see Yousafzai back home and a "proud day" for Pakistan. Local media speculated she might visit the school. She was taken to a hotel under tight security, the family member added. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

Malala's shooting caused global outrage and came amid a bloody struggle between the Pakistani state and Islamist militants. Pakistanis awakening to the news she was back in the country flooded social media with messages of welcome, with many hailing her bravery - but others accusing her of a conspiracy to foment dissent.

Security in the country has greatly improved in recent years, with the number of attacks carried out by militants drastically reduced.

"Pakistan welcomes "Gul Makai" to her home".

The prime minister went on to say that terrorism was at its peak in Pakistan in 2012 when Malala also became a victim and left the country. The prime minister said more than six thousand troops and thousands of civilians have rendered their lives to bring peace and normalcy in the country.

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Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says Pakistan and the United States have reiterated their "firm commitments" to act against all militant groups that target Pakistan and Afghanistan. The bullet grazed her brain and lodged in her neck.

What has she done since?

Yousafzai spoke of the importance of education and about the efforts of her charitable foundation to help girls, often switching between English and the Pashto and Urdu languages.

Before being shot, Malala had been campaigning for girls' right to education in Swat and was a vocal critic of Islamic extremists. The young activist not only survived the bullet wound in her head but won the Noble Peace prize in 2014.

Javeria Khan, a 12-year-old in Mingora, said she wished she "could see her in Swat".

They have been blamed for a number of deadly attacks on schools and colleges that have killed hundreds.

But in her own country, she is looked down upon by many, who accuse her of being a USA agent, set out to malign Pakistan and Islam. "I could not control it", she told the gathering.

"There is this lust for change. I am already doing work there but I want my feet to touch that land".

Ms Yousafzai was flown, in a critical condition, to the garrison city of Rawalpindi before being airlifted to Birmingham in the UK.

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