Nobel laureate Malala ends visit to Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan Nobel laureate visits Swat Valley vows to continue fight for girls education

Details of her trip were kept under wraps while she was still in the country, but now, Yousafzai has shared some photos on social media.

Malala arrived in Pakistan on March 29 accompanied by her family, and was received by members of the Pakistani government.

Malala visited Pakistan for four days.

In another tweet, she said: "The most lovely place on earth to me". Malala rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu. Touching scenes were witnessed when the now-20-year-old university student left the hotel, thanking Pakistani officials for giving her an army helicopter over the weekend to fly to the Swat Valley, once virtually under the control of militants, and see her home in the northwest town of Mingora.

Malala said she plans to permanently return to Pakistan after completing her studies in Britain.

Yousafzai's fund has already built a school in Swat and she says schools are needed to fight extremists.




However she has also been met with pockets of intense criticism.

The mountainous region, once a prized tourist destination famed for its pristine scenery, was overrun by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. Recently restrictions on tourists visiting the area were lifted. This trip was part of the activist's continued effort to bring education to girls worldwide.

Earlier this month an all-girls school built with money from the Malala Fund opened in Shangla district northeast of Mingora, where her family lived before moving to the city.

When asked if she saw a difference in the Pakistan of 2012 and 2018, Malala said: "Certainly there is a difference and things are improving".

Malala began her campaign aged just 11, when she started writing a blog - under a pseudonym - for the BBC's Urdu service in 2009 about life under the Taliban in Swat, where they were banning girls' education. "We welcome Malala and the slogan that she has raised-one pen, one teacher". "People have positive as well as negative views about her", fellow resident Arshad Ali said.

"She said it is especially important for a girl to be in school because if not, ". she is more likely to get married at the age of 13 and 14.

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