PM welcomes Malala on first return to Pakistan since Taliban shooting

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in the head by Taliban militants in 2012 for advocating for women's education.

The 20-year-old arrived under tight security on Thursday morning and one of her first stops, just hours after touching down, was a visit with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at his office.

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The Pakistan Muslim League said that ministers Marriyum Aurangzeb and Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan plus politician Marvi Memon were at the meeting.

Ms Memon, who is the chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme, tweeted "Welcome home @Malala".

She had said that Ms Yousafzai's return was a proud day for Pakistan and that it was "an incredible surprise (when) I woke up to this morning" to know that Yousafzai is back along with her parents.

Pakistani television channel Geo TV earlier aired footage showing Ms Yousafzai leaving Benazir Bhutto International Airport and getting into a car escorted by a security convoy.

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.

Her career as an activist began in early 2009, when she started writing a blog for the BBC about her life under Taliban occupation and promoting education for girls in Pakistan's Swat Valley.

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But her campaign angered local militants and she was shot during an assassination attempt while taking the bus to school.

She was treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital and, fearing reprisals in her native country, made the city her home.

In 2014 she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and her campaign for children's rights to education across the world has seen her address the United Nations on the issue.