Malala visit to home­town may not be pos­si­ble

The Asian Age - - World -

Min­gora ( Pak­istan), March 30: A Pak­istani women’s ac­tivist said Fri­day that Malala Yousafzai, who has re­turned to Pak­istan’s cap­i­tal Is­lam­abad for the first time since a Tal­iban mil­i­tant shot her in 2012, was hop­ing to visit her Swat Val­ley home­town but that the trip de­pended on se­cu­rity clear­ances from the gov­ern­ment.

Se­cu­rity was vis­i­bly beefed up in Min­gora, the No­bel Peace Prize win­ner’s home­town, but au­thor­i­ties wouldn’t con­firm whether she would be ar­riv­ing there. Yousafzai is ex­pected to re­turn to London on Mon­day.

Ac­tivist Ad­nan Tabas­sum, also from Swat, met with Yousafzai on Thurs­day in Is­lam­abad. She said Yousafzai told her that she wanted to travel to Swat to see her for­mer school friends and rel­a­tives.

Ac­cord­ing to Tabas­sum, 20- year- old Yousafzai asked au­thor­i­ties to al­low her to go to Shangla vil­lage in Swat, where a school has been built by her Malala Fund.

“Malala is not afraid of go­ing to Swat, where the ter­ror­ists opened fire on her in 2012 and wounded her. It is her wish to again see her home­town, her school and her home, where she spent years of her life,” she said.

— AP

Stu­dents of the school of No­bel Peace Prize win­ner Malala Yousafzai flash vic­tory sign in her home­town of Swat Val­ley in Pak­istan on Fri­day.

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