Malala gets emotional as she returns to Pak after 6 years

Dunring her four-day stay in Pakistan Malala will hold meetings with PM Abbasi and COAS Qamar Bajwa

Dunring her four-day stay in Pakistan Malala will hold meetings with PM Abbasi and COAS Qamar Bajwa

"Finally, I am here".

As the audience broke out into applause, Yousafzai began to cry and paused to cup her hands over her face.

But the grit that has come to define Yousafzai soon returned.

Shortly after, Yousafzai gave an emotional speech on national television as she wiped tears from her eyes.

Security considerations mean that a mooted plan for her to visit Swat, a picturesque area that was once a hiking and tourism destination, has been dropped.

In October 2012, masked gunmen stopped a bus taking Malala and other girls home from school and shot her. She was shot in the head by terrorists in her hometown in Swat, for campaigning for girls education in 2012.

"The objective behind the decision is to reveal the truth of Malala's real episode", said Mirza Kashif Ali, President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF). But an unnamed family member told NBC she won't visit the Swat Valley, which is where the shooting took place.

Earlier this year, Malala Fund partnered with Cupertino based tech giant Apple to get 100,000 underprivileged girls into education.

"It has been my dream that I should go to Pakistan and there, in peace and without any fear, I can move on streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people", she said.

"The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions", she said, "but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died". He said local schoolchildren were jubilant and wanted to greet her. Since her recovery, she has continued to advocate publicly for the rights of children.

"I want my feet to touch that land and to be there", she said.

"God willing, Pakistan, the future of Pakistan, lies in its people", she said.

"What an incredible surprise, I woke up to this morning" to know that Yousafzai is back along with her parents, Memon said.

Malala has since been living in Britain and studying at Oxford University.

Pakistani officials say they captured several suspects in the attack, but the head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah, is still on the run and believed to be hiding in neighbouring Afghanistan.

At his encouragement, Malala started writing a blog for the BBC's Urdu service under a pseudonym in 2009, aged just 11, about life under the Taliban in Swat, which the Islamist militants had taken over in 2007. She added that for further treatment, she had to move overseas and now she has to continue her studies there.

In 2014, at the age of 17, she became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing the award with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children's rights activist.

Malala Yousufzai, now aged 20 is a vocal human rights activist and also known for her work in woman empowerment. Yousafzai has repeatedly responded to the criticism with a grace far outstripping her years, often saying education is neither Western, nor Eastern. 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.

High-profile security met the now-20-year-old university student on her arrival at Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

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