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.
Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has entered her home in the northwestern town of Mingora in the Swat Valley the first time since 2012. That was the year the Taliban attacked the then-14-year-old for advocating for girls' education. Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai consoled the teary eyed 20-year-old Saturday morning upon her arrival at the home. The Pakistan army provided Yousafzai a helicopter, which took her to Mingora from Islamabad, where she arrived before dawn Thursday, flanked by heavy security. She plans to return to Britain on Monday.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman at age 15 for speaking out for the right to an education, has been accepted to the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter and included the screenshot of her "Congratulations" notice. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics, the favored degree of many of Britain's top leaders. "So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted Thursday. Yousafzai will study at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford college whose notable alumni include the late Benazir Bhutto, the one-time leader of Pakistan and a hero of Yousafzai's, and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani education activist and youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has gained a place at Britain's Oxford University. "So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted on Thursday, celebrating her acceptance to Oxford after getting her A-level results. Malala also congratulated other students receiving their results, tweeting "Best wishes for life ahead!". So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students - the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!