Mingora, Pakistan (AP) – A Pakistani women's activist said Friday that Malala Yousafzai, who returned to the Pakistani capital Islamabad for the first time since the Taliban militancy in 2012, hoped to visit her hometown in the Swat Valley from the security control by the government.
Security was greatly strengthened in Mingora, hometown of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but the authorities would not confirm if they would arrive there. Yousafzai is expected to return to London on Monday.
Activist Adnan Tabassum, also from Swat, met with Yousafzai in Islamabad on Thursday. She said that Yousafzai told her that she wanted to travel to Swat to see her former schoolmates and relatives.
According to Tabassum, 20-year-old Yousafzai asked the authorities to allow her to go to Shangla in Swat, where a school was built by her Malala Fund.
"Malala is not afraid to go to Swat, where the terrorists opened the fire on her and hurt her in 201
In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban assassin who jumped into her school truck and yelled, "Who is Malala?" She was targeted in the home of Mingora in the Swat Valley. Only 14 when she was shot, Yousafzai since then pleased to tell the Taliban that they have strengthened their voice instead of silencing it. She has written a book that has been spoken at the United Nations and met with refugees.
Schoolgirls in Yousafzai's city said they were keen to see her.
"I admire Malala for her efforts to promote the education of girls" Amna-Khan, 12, when she entered one of the schools in Mingora
On Thursday Yousafzai met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi his office, where she attended a gathering and gave an emotional speech in which she said that. It was one of the happiest days of her life to be in Pakistan.
Yousafzai won praise from all over Pakistan on her return, but some social media critics have tried to undermine her efforts to promote girls' education
Since her attack and recovery, Yousafzai has led the Malala Fund, who, she said, has invested $ 6 million in schools and provided books and uniforms for schoolchildren. She became the youngest person to receive the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Yousafzai landed in Pakistan shortly before sunrise, flanked by heavy security. Secrecy surrounded her arrival as well as details of her visit. Security was extraordinary, as the Taliban had warned in the past that they would target them again if they returned to Pakistan.
Ahmed reported from Islamabad.