Malala Yousafzai, famous activist for female education, was able to return to her home country of Pakistan yesterday, five years after the Taliban attempted to assassinate her because of her advocacy for female education.
"We have wonderful women", she told them in comments broadcast on state television, pushing for more education and critical thinking.
The young survivor also thanked her doctors who had operated on her after the deadly attack on her life by the Taliban in October 2012.
In an interview with United States talk show host David Letterman earlier this month, the Oxford University student said that she missed "the rivers and mountains" of the Swat Valley and that all she wanted was for her "feet to touch the ground of home".
Malala Yousafzai mets with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
At the start of her four-day trip, she was escorted through Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport amid tight security. Local television showed her with family members in the lounge at the airport before leaving in a convoy of almost 15 vehicles, mostly occupied by heavily armed police officials.
It is not yet clear whether she will visit her home village in the Swat Valley.
The visit was cheered by many in Pakistan, including Marvi Simed, a member of the executive council of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, who quoted words of welcome from the Urdu poet, Hafez Juanpuri.
Cricketer-turned opposition leader Imran Khan's party said Thursday that Malala's return was a sign of the defeat of extremism in the country. "I still can't believe it's happening", added Yousafzai, clad in a traditional shalwar khameez outfit with her head covered with a red and blue duppata scarf.
"I personally like her", Naz says.
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"What an incredible surprise I woke up to this morning" to know that Yousafzai is back along with her parents, she said.
Ms Yousafzai, who is now studying at Oxford University, was just 15 when she was targeted by the Taliban for her outspoken campaigning over girls' rights to an education.
The Pakistani military airlifted Miss Yousafzai by helicopter hours after a Taliban gunman boarded a bus in the Swat town of Shangla, shooting her in the head.
She was critically wounded but recovered at a hospital in Britain.
After surviving the attack, Yousafzai was airlifted overseas and underwent surgery.
Her Malala Fund was "already working on it", she said.
The following year she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing the award with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against exploitation of children. She is a brilliant student, better for Pakistan.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, appointed her as UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education in April previous year.
Often when she has spoken in public she has championed her home country and spoken in her native Pashto language, always promising to return to her home.
"On this day, I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school".