Pakistanis are welcoming Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on her return to her homeland for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants. Cricketer-turned opposition leader Imran Khan's party said Thursday that Malala's return was a sign of the defeat of extremism in the country. Mohammad Hassan, one of Malala's cousins in the northwestern town of Mingora, says it is one of the happiest days of his life. He says he is not sure whether Malala will visit her home town. Marvi Memon, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, also welcomed Malala, saying it was a pleasant surprise for her to see Malala back home.
Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at Oxford University after getting her A-level results. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who lives in Birmingham, confirmed the news in a tweet congratulating all students getting their results on Thursday. She will be studying philosophy, politics and economics. The 20-year-old was nearly killed by the Taliban in Pakistan for campaigning for girls' rights to education in 2012. In March, she revealed she had received an offer to study the three subjects at a UK university, on condition of achieving three As in her A-levels.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been made the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace. The 19-year-old, who is doing her A-levels and has an offer from a top UK university, will take the role with a special focus on girls' education. In 2012 Ms Yousafzai was nearly killed by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' rights to education. Accepting the accolade in New York, she said: "(Bringing change) starts with us and it should start now." "If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now (and) not wait for anyone else," he said.