Imagine an average 20 year old growing up in Pakistan. We may not get several things right, but our nationalism is right on point. Same is the case with 20 year old Malala Yousafzai.
You may not agree with the narrative surrounding her life and that life altering incident which took her to the UK, but you have to have a very cold heart to challenge the tears of a 20 year old, filled with joy at the sight of her homeland
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) March 29, 2018
She dearly missed her Pakistan. As she said earlier that she would pass through cities around the world and try to convince herself that those were the cities of Pakistan, but of course that was not true. She still cannot believe that she is back and we finally see her overwhelmed that her dream of returning to Pakistan finally came true.
i firmly despise nationalism. but hell, i'd be away from pakistan for like 6 months during college and get emotional about coming home (which i was voluntarily away from). can't imagine the emotional roller coaster ride #MalalaYousafzai is on right now.
— Rimmel Mohydin (@Rimmel_Mohydin) March 29, 2018
Taken to another country altogether, with no guarantees of ever returning to Pakistan. These are not the circumstances an ordinary Pakistani goes through. An ordinary Pakistani also does not go to the extent at which she did to fight for what she believed in
Many came and went, but Malala’s story manages to grab everyone’s attention and it is one story that each Pakistani has an opinion about.
Here’s a look at some of the very insane conspiracy theories surrounding her life
Why the hell we are giving protocol to her? Why fool-proof security? What she has done for pakistan? This is the reason we are lacking behind among other countries. We don't give protocl to educated or those who gave sacrifice for pakistan. ???#MalalaYousafzai
— Muhammad Awais Tariq (@Awais_073) March 28, 2018
The return of #MalalaYousafzai is part of bigger game. The Game which CIA, RAW and NDS almost lost. The game which created PTM.
— Aftab Afridi (@AftabAfridiPTI) March 28, 2018
— Irum Khan (@Irumkhan40) March 29, 2018
— Kamil Mehar (@mehar_kamil) March 28, 2018
— Fouji sherazi (@motasimali11) March 29, 2018
But for every hater out there, hundreds of Pakistanis stand in support for the true daughter of the nation – Malala Yousafzai
— Kamila Shamsie (@kamilashamsie) March 28, 2018
HOW INTERESTING. Those abusing #MalalaYousafzai for returning to Pakistan have abused her all these years for not returning to Pakistan. Bhai Chhahte Kiya Ho!!
— Shaheera Jalil Albasit (@shaheerajalil) March 28, 2018
— Najia Ashar (@najiaashar) March 29, 2018
What a sight to wake up to! Welcome back #MalalaYousafzai ?
— Huma Amir Shah (@humaamirshah) March 29, 2018
In her address at the time of her return, she mentions a few important things
Malala said that even though she’s just 20 years old, she’s witnessed quite a lot in this short span of time. If you think about it, the statement carries so much meaning. All of us in the comfort zones of our homes do not realize what it is like living in place plagued by extremism. Imagine waking up one day and not being able to go to schools because some people believe that educating a woman means corrupting her. And she’s very right when she mentions that none of it was in her control. She would have stayed in Pakistan had she the option.
Her fight for women’s education continues till date. Malala Fund has contributed over $6million in the education sector. She wants each child to have this basic right because she understands that they are the future.
It is great to see the authorities not paying heed to the conspiracies and welcoming her with open arms, ensuring that her dream comes true
The Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has returned to #Pakistan after 5 years and being honoured by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at a special ceremony. MoS for MOIB @Marriyum_A was also present on the occasion along with PM's Special advisor Mussadiq Malik.#MalalaYousafzai pic.twitter.com/uYTNSu5ipP
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) March 29, 2018
At the same time, one realizes that haters will find a reason to hate anyway. And it is not so much Malala herself, rather the issues she points out that people have a problem with
We as a nation want to cover our eyes and pretend everything is just fine. We don’t want to talk about our issues, we very much would like to push them under the rug. But Malala is not ready to do that. She understands the challenges and difficulties of those who have to go through these issues and she wants to ensure that no one has to go through that.
Malala Yousafzai is certainly a symbol of hope and resilience. And her visit to Pakistan is a proof of her loyalty to her homeland
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) March 29, 2018
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