Yousafzai was attacked by Taliban militants trying to stop her from attending school. Her attempted murder propelled her to worldwide recognition. Afterward, she and her family eventually settled in the UK, where she completed her secondary education, and won a place at Oxford.
The 20-year-old’s visit has been wrapped in secrecy over fears for her safety. But images and clips emerged Friday of her meeting with Pakistan’s prime minister and her speech afterward.
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“I still can’t believe that it is actually happening,” she said in her speech. “In the last five years, I have always dreamed of coming back to my country.”
When the crowd burst into spontaneous applause, Yousafzai began to cry.
Her family’s decision to move to Britain following the attempted assassination has been criticized by some.
Yousafzai’s warm reception over the years by many in the West — she’s met with US presidents, and most recently been interviewed by David Letterman on his new Netflix show — is another point of suspicion for some in Pakistan, who claim she is a CIA plant.