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Welcome home Malala

The youngest Nobel Laureate of world Malala Yousufzai’s long cherished dream of returning back to her home country–Pakistan has finally come true. The proud daughter of the nation who has been championing the cause of women’s right and girls’ education emerged as a powerful voice at international level after surviving a deadly attack by Taliban in 2012 when she was barely 13 years old.

Hailing from Shangla district of KPK, Malala was born in 1999, she became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. After receiving preliminary treatment at military hospital in Peshawar she was flown to UK where she was treated at the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

After going through the nightmarish ordeal this brave and resilient daughter of the nation continued her mission and championed the cause of education at highest international forums. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. And in 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize that made us all proud. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Malala as a brave and gentle advocate of peace who, through the simple act of going to school, became a global teacher.

Verily Malala is torch bearer of education; so far Malala Fund had spent more than 6 million dollars in Pakistan for girls’ education, her tireless struggle, hard work, commitment, perseverance and passion is truly a beacon of light for all Pakistanis. Whatever she achieved at such a young age is unprecedented and unparalleled not only in Pakistan but in the entire world history. Her unwavering struggle is no doubt a living example of girl power and hats off to this little girl, who despite hailing from far off areas, had rose to international prominence for pursuing her mission diligently. At international level she has become identity of Pakistan and at domestic level she symbol of resistance against the forces of ignorance.

Today when Malala is visiting her country after a hiatus of nearly years, the state of Pakistan had certainly undergone a sea change during the past several years. And it is this remarkable change that Malala is able to visit her homeland again. Since she is no more an ordinary citizen it is the prime responsibility of the government provide foolproof security arrangements to her so as to avoid any unpleasant incident. Obviously, she would be eager to visit her home town in Swat Valley and other cities as well but security risks, potential threats, and vulnerabilities attached to the high profile visit should be taken into consideration.

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