Malala vows to continue fight for girls' education

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"The entire world gave you honor and respect, and Pakistan will also give you honor", the prime minister said at the meeting.

"I never wanted to leave my country but my doctors advised me to go overseas".

"I am very proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the first young person to receive this award", Malala had said after receiving the award.

"I think to many, many people and in other countries, in Muslim countries, she is a hero, you know, and all that she is doing to bring up, to bring children's, girls' education, that is wonderful", Saeed Khalid, a customer in an Islamabad market, told AFP Thursday. Malala, with her family's support, continued to go to school.

"We have to invest in education". "Pakistan's future is with young generation and education".

Earlier, speaking in the ceremony Malala Yousafzai said she had a dream of returning to the country for the last five years.

As for the militants who attacked her: the man suspected of actually firing the gun at Malala, named by officials as Ataullah Khan, has always been believed to be on the run in Afghanistan, along with Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who ordered the attack.

The 20-year-old's unannounced arrival with her parents under tight security at Islamabad's global airport overnight has been met with a tsunami of social media reaction, with many Pakistanis hailing her bravery but others accusing her of a conspiracy to foment dissent. She received the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts for fighting for girls' education in the year 2014. Details of her visit, like her location, have not been publicly confirmed for security reasons.

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But she is unlikely to travel to her home region of Swat, in mountains northwest of Islamabad, due to security threats against her, a relative and security sources told Reuters.

Malala said that though she was just 20 years-old she has already gone through too many challenges, but added she had never thought of leaving Pakistan. "[She] defeated the dark force of fear". She also started the Malala Fund along with her father with the aim of "working for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear".

Malala, who shot to fame with her pen name "Gul Makai" was shot at in the head at point-blank range, when she was 15, by Taliban gunmen as she was returning from her school in Swat valley on 9 October 2012.

She now lives in Birmingham, England.

"International media is highly focused on her return and this (bad language) will damage Pakistan's image", he said. Malala has been in the limelight since the age of 11 when she began writing an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about her life under the oppressive Taliban rule.

Local television channels have been showing her return to Pakistan with some replaying the horror of her shooting and the rush to get her treatment.

He tweeted: "We have fought hard to eradicate terrorism & we will continue to fight extremism & defeat it @Malala this is your home & we are glad you are home".

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