MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai arrived in her hometown of Mingora for the first time on Saturday after a Taliban fighter shot her there in 2012 for promoting girls' education.
Youzafzai landed with her parents in an army helicopter in the Swat Valley.
According to her uncle Mahmoodul Hassan, Yousafzai went to her home and also planned to meet with her friends and relatives. The safety was visibly improved the previous day in Mingora.
Yousafzai, 20, had asked the authorities to allow her to go to Mingora and Shangla in the Swat Valley, where a school was built by her Malala fund.
Hassan said Yousafzai and her family were not afraid to go to Swat, where they were injured by militant Taliban six years ago.
"We are grateful to the government and army for making this visit possible," he told the Associated Press.
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On Friday, Yousafzai praised the Pakistani army in an interview on the independent news channel Geo for their timely medical treatment of an army surgeon at the "right time". She later received treatment following the trauma in the UK.
She said she had not been to Pakistan now if she had not been treated quickly. She plans to return to Pakistan permanently after completing her studies in the UK.
Schoolgirls in Yousafzai's hometown were already cheering when they arrived.
On Thursday, Yousafzai met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his office, attending an assembly and giving an emotional speech in which she said one of the happiest days of her life was to be back in her country ,
Yousafzai received praise from all over Pakistan on her return, but some social media critics have tried to undermine her efforts to promote girls' education. Yousafzai says she did not understand why educated people rejected her, though she could expect criticism from militant people with a certain way of thinking.
Since her assault and recovery, Yousafzai has led the Malala Fund, in which she said she has invested $ 6 million in schools, books, and uniforms for schoolchildren. Yousafzai became the youngest person to receive the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
She landed in Pakistan just before dawn, flanked by heavy security, and planned to return to the UK on Monday.
reported Ahmed of Islamabad
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