'Like a Dream': Malala Makes an Emotional Visit to Her Pakistani Hometown

Security high in Pakistan's Swat but Nobelist's visit uncertain

This is the first time Malala set foot in her hometown since 2012 when she was shot in the head by Taliban terrorists.

That was the year the Taliban attacked the then-14-year-old for advocating for girls' education.

Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, consoled a teary-eyed Malala, 20, upon her arrival.

Security was beefed up in Mingora, Yousafzai's hometown, but authorities wouldn't confirm whether she would be arriving there.

Ms. Yousafzai, who has said that she wants to run for Prime Minister one day, added: "It is my plan to return to Pakistan after completion of my education, because it is my country and I have equal rights on it like any other Pakistani".

Residents of the area have praised Ms Yousafzai in recent days, crediting her with helping to generate improvements in education- especially for girls- in the deeply conservative region, part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize victor, has entered her home in the northwestern town of Mingora in the Swat Valley for the first time since 2012.

Pakistan Army, who ensured safety of Malala, her father and two brothers, facilitated the visit, wrapped around tight security.

Roads were blocked off in the town of Mingora as Yousafzai, known universally by her first name, flew in by military helicopter with her parents and brother.

Security was visibly increased in Mingora on Friday.

"They are lucky to have many role models like you [Hamid Mir] to follow", she told the interviewer.

Mostly cloudy Wednesday; Warmer temps move in by Friday
Showers gradually end Friday morning but skies stay mostly cloudy, highs after midday will get into the low to mid 50s. Saturday looks good until afternoon when a line of showers or thunderstorms could affect the area.

She took pictures of the Swat valley from an army helicopter and tweeted that it was "The most attractive place on earth to me".

"I still can't believe I am here", she said. She was later flown to London for medical treatment.

There had been much speculation within the country over whether Malala would go to Swat during her visit.

She was flown to Britain for surgery and has remained overseas since, co-writing a best-selling book "I Am Malala" and starting a foundation advocating girls' education worldwide.

During this visit, Malala met Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

'I thank the government and the army for the role they have played in my return without them this would not have been possible, the 20-year old said in an interview to Geo TV channelled aired yesterday, her first to a TV channel on her surprise current visit.

However she has also been met with pockets of intense criticism. Is it a dream or reality?

Discussing her future endeavors, she remarked that Pakistan and Nigeria had topped the list for most numbers of girls outside schools.

In the interview, she expressed concern over propaganda against her and said she avoids watching news on television and going through negative comments on her social media posts in order to remain 'focused and positive.

Malala Yousafzai (second from right), with her family at the all-boys Swat Cadet College Guli Bagh.

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