Malala visits hometown for first time since attack

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A Pakistani women's activist said Friday that Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai is hoping to visit her Swat Valley hometown but that the trip depended on security clearances from the government.

Mingora is where Malala's family was living and where she was attending school on October 9, 2012, when a gunman boarded her school bus, asked "Who is Malala?", and shot her.

Pakistani Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai (C) poses for a photograph with her family as she arrives at her home in Mingora, Swat valley, Pakistan, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in a televised interview with Geo TV aired on Friday, the activist said she plans to return to Pakistan permanently once her studies are completed.

The Associated Press Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai, second right, poses for photograph with her family members and Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, left, at her native home during a visit to Mingora, the main town of Pakistan's Swat Valley on Saturday.

Security was tight around her former home, now rented by a family friend, Mr Farid-ul-Haq Haqqani, who has kept Ms Yousafzai's room intact with her books, school trophies and luggage.

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The Taliban claimed responsibility in 2012 for the attack on Yousafzai for her outspoken advocacy for girls' education, which was forbidden under the militants' rule over Swat.

Malala also took to Twitter and declared her native Swat town "most handsome place on earth" to her. Pakistan's State Minister for Information Marriiyum Aurangzeb also accompanied the education activist for the visit, during which she met her childhood friends and teachers after more than five years. There, y multiplied violence, decapitations and attacks on girls ' schools, such as one that suffered malate, who since age of 11 wrote a blog in Urdu ( national language of Pakistan) on BBC website where, under pseudonym of Gul Makai, described panic under yoke of extremists.

She received initial treatment in Pakistan and later was taken to England for further care.

The 20-year-old expressed her faith in the Pakistani youth's ability and passion to bring a change.

A hospital, being built by Malala Fund, will enable women in her hometown to get treatment in their locality instead of travelling outside the village, she said.

There had been much speculation within the country over whether Malala would go to Swat during her visit. "I still can't believe it's happening", Malala said on March 29, after landing Islamabad with her father and younger brother and meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. She became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. I don't want any favour or I don't want everyone to accept me.

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