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Malala visits her home town

Islamabad, March 31: Nobel peace laureate and young education activist Malala Yousafzai visited her home in Swat Valley, more than five years after she was shot in the head there by the Taliban. Malala Yousafzai, 20, along with her parents, State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and others landed near her family home in Mingora in the morning amid tight security, the Pakistani media reported. In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai — then 15 years old — was attacked when she was returning from her school. She was later flown to London for medical treatment. The activist, who is on four-day visit to Pakistan, met her friends and family before visiting the Swat Cadet College Guli Bagh, some 15 km outside of Mingora. Due to security reasons, her entire itinerary had been kept tightly under wraps.

 “It is my plan to return to Pakistan after completing my education because it is my country and I have equal rights on it like any other Pakistani”, she said. (IANS)

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