Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, who upon her return to Pakistan after more than five years away, said in an emotional speech that she couldn’t believe she had finally returned home.
“I have dreamed of returning to Pakistan for the past five years,” she said, wiping tears away from her eyes as she addressed a press conference at PM House in Islamabad on Thursday.
“I continued my education there [in the United Kingdom], but I have always wanted to move freely in Pakistan. I want to invest in the education of children.”
Yousafzai is currently in Pakistan on a four-day visit. She arrived on Wednesday night after more than five years away from the country. Yousafzai, who belongs to Swat, has been living in the UK after surviving a Taliban attack in 2012, which necessitated her departure abroad for medical treatment.
She called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday at his office earlier today.
PM Abbasi received her at the Prime Minister’s Office where she will attend a special function to mark her achievements as an activist for girls education.
Sources told DawnNewsTV that Yousafzai shared her future plans with the premier during their meeting. PM Abbasi assured her of his complete support in connection with the educational projects she wanted to work on.
The premier also assured her of the provision of security in case she wants to visit anywhere in the country. The two also discussed prevailing situation in the country.
PML-N leader Marvi Memon, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and State Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Anusha Rahman also attended the meeting.