Nobel Prize winner Malala visits hometown in Pakistan

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Ms Yousafzai has been visiting Pakistan since last Thursday, her first trip home since she was shot and airlifted overseas for treatment.

On Saturday, she returned to her childhood home accompanied by her father, mother and younger brother. "In the past five years I had always dreamt of stepping foot in my country", Malala said as she slightly broke down speaking about her return.

Yousafzai won global renown after she was shot by the Taliban in Mingora.

She received initial treatment in Pakistan and was later taken to Britain, where she continued her education and went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest-ever prize victor and garnering worldwide renown.

Yousafzai flew into Swat on Saturday by helicopter during her first visit to Pakistan since the Pakistani Taliban - now on the run but still able to launch attacks - shot her in the head in 2012 over her advocacy for girls' education and opposition to Islamist militancy.

EPA Pakistani Nobel Peace Laurette, Malala Yousafzai writes a comment in a guest book as she arrives in her home town in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. Security was also visibly beefed up in Mingora the previous day.

She was returning to Islamabad on March 31 following her visit to her hometown. "Islam has taught me the importance of peace".

Overwhelmed with joy, Malala declared that she was very happy that she was finally home and Swat was the most handsome place in the world.

"It is still like a dream for me, am I among you?"

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"We welcome Malala and the slogan that she has raised - one pen, one teacher".

She suffered bullet injuries and was admitted to the Military Hospital Peshawar and then taken to London for further treatment.

There had been much speculation within the country over whether Malala would go to Swat during her visit.

The 20-year-old had asked the authorities to allow her the visit to Shangla village in Swat where a school now operates under the Malala Fund.

She made a surprise visit to Pakistan with her parents under tight security overnight. "I was anxious that I might have done something wrong and I am in trouble", she said. She has also written a book, spoken at the United Nations and met with refugees.

"We will have to work very hard to bring them all to school", she vowed.

For Pakistan, the safety and security of Malala during her stay remains as the top priority, for which, strict security measures are being ensured while her schedule of engagements and travels, are being kept in secrecy.

Yousafzai is widely respected internationally, but opinion is divided in Pakistan, where some conservatives view her as a Western agent. The fund was created in 2013 by the young activist and her father Ziauddin to raise awareness about the impact of girls' education.

"What I want is people support my objective of education and think about the daughters of Pakistan who need an education".

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