Malala Yousafzai made her first visit in Pakistan after more than five years

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She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, along with Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, before being accepted to Oxford University. In a sign of the attention she still draws in Pakistan, security for Yousafzai’s visit was extremely tight. I have been dreaming of returning to Pakistan for the last five years, and today I am very happy, but I can still not believe that this is actually happening,” she said at a reception hosted by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and added: “Today, after 5 ½ years, I have set foot on my soil. Whenever I would travel, in plane or in car, I would imagine that it’s Pakistan and I am driving in Islamabad. I would imagine this is Karachi, and it was never true, but now that I see it, I am very happy.” The young woman was dubbed “daughter of Pakistan.”

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Malala, the family and the Prime Minister of Pakistan

Video showed the Nobel laureate clad in a traditional Pakistani shalwar kameez and her head covered in a red and blue scarf as she sat next to the prime minister alongside her parents. “It’s the most happiest day of my life that I am back to my country and meeting my people; all my countrymen sitting here I want to welcome you,” she said in Pashto, the native language of her region. Former TV anchor and social activist Reham Khan said, “Lots of love and prayers to dearest Malala on her return to Pakistan.”

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