No­bel Prize win­ner Malala leaves Pak­istan to re­turn to Bri­tain

Arab News - - INTERNATIONAL - REUTERS

No­bel Peace Prize win­ner Malala Yousafzai left Pak­istan for Lon­don on Mon­day af­ter a four-day whirl­wind visit back to her home­land, her first since mil­i­tants nearly killed her in 2012, an of­fi­cial said.

Yousafzai and her fam­ily were taken to Is­lam­abad air­port in a se­cu­rity con­voy and they boarded a Lon­don-bound flight, said avi­a­tion of­fi­cial Ak­mal Kayani.

Yousafzai, known by her first name, Malala, has been in Pak­istan since Thurs­day, on her first trip home since Pak­istani Tal­iban mil­i­tants shot her in the head on her way home from school for ad­vo­cat­ing for greater ed­u­ca­tion for girls.

Af­ter the at­tack, Yousafzai was air­lifted abroad and un­der­went surgery.

Malala on Satur­day vis­ited her old home in the Swat val­ley, a moun­tain re­gion north­west of Is­lam­abad, which was un­der the con­trol of the mil­i­tants for about two years un­til the army launched an of­fen­sive to clear them out.

"I miss ev­ery­thing about Pak­istan ... from the rivers, the moun­tains, to even the dirty streets and the garbage around our house," Malala, 20, told Reuters in an in­ter­view on Fri­day.

A fam­ily friend said ear­lier Malala planned to re­turn home af­ter com­plet­ing her ed­u­ca­tion at Ox­ford Univer­sity, where she is read­ing for a de­gree in pol­i­tics, phi­los­o­phy and eco­nom­ics.

Malala wrote an anony­mous blog for the BBC Urdu ser­vice as a school­girl dur­ing the Tal­iban rule and later be­came out­spo­ken in ad­vo­cat­ing more ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for girls.

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