After the near death experience in Swat on October 9 (2012), Malala Yousafzai woke up in a different country among different people. In a recent interview with David Letterman, she said that she does not remember much about the shooting itself. She remembers going to school and chatting with her friends, and then later waking up in the United Kingdom (UK). Malala probabaly misses her homeland dearly. The views of the Swat Valley are not something that the busy life of Birmingham offers.
Ever since she moved there, she has been wanting to go back for quite a while. However, the incident itself was so controversial that travelling back involved a lot of risk. Life threatening risk. But the place which motivated her, which made her dream and realize the need to work for women’s education is not something you do not visit for the rest of your life.
It is now being reported that Malala is arriving in Islamabad tonight
What a pleasantly surprisng news ! @Malala expected in Pakistan tonight ! Welcome to your motherland, daughter of the soil, pride of the nation ! Give her the utmost love, everyone ! ❤️
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) March 28, 2018
According to some eerily specific sources, she’s arriving on flight EK 614 from Dubai (which is about to land as at the time of publication). She will be staying for a total of four days in the country. And during this visit, she will be meeting Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other senior government functionaries.
Pakistanis are over the moon and ready to welcome this daughter of the nation
They realize the risk she is undertaking by making this visit. Some cynics have always pointed out her lack of return to the country without understanding the danger involved in it. This is a huge statement that she’s making for those who doubt her dedication and love for the country. Her well-wishers are definitely worried about her safety too but of course, if such a trip has been planned; proper security measures must have been taken to ensure that everything goes according to the plan.
#Malala coming home.
— Arsalan Anwar, M.D. (@drarsalananwar) March 28, 2018
— Ali Khayam (@alikhayam_) March 28, 2018
She will be attending events in Pakistan
So happy to know that Youngest Nobel laureate @Malala and family left Birmingham airport today for Dubai, will be taking a special flight from there to reach Islamabad tomorrow to attend events in Islamabad. #Malala#Peace
— Shawanashah (@ShawanaShah92) March 28, 2018
This tweet definitely won over our melodramatic hearts
— Abdullah Qureshi (@AbdullahWTH) March 28, 2018
More power to you
— Anwaar ul Mujtaba (@AnwaarMujtaba) March 28, 2018
And yes, there are still a lot of haters but for them; here are a few tweets
Haters gonna hate!
Welcome back to the home dear #Malala ????
— Shahzad Shafi (@shahzadShafi007) March 28, 2018
Don't worry #Malala haters. She is not coming to Pakistan to live forever.
— Bilal (@Biilaalll) March 28, 2018
We wish Malala all the luck for her visit back to her homeland. This move represents courage and strength and resilience against all odds. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with. MangoBaaz has reached out to representatives of Malala for more updates on her visit and we will keep you all informed as soon as we get a response.
Cover image via: newsweek.com