>> I still can't believe that this is actually happening.
> It’s an emotional return for Malala Yousafzai. Six years ago she was shot in the head by the Taliban in her native Pakistan for advocating female education. On Thursday, she returned to her homeland for the first time since the attack.
The Nobel Prize winner was welcomed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Her visit is expected to last several days, travelling with her father and younger brother. But it's unlikely she'll go to her home region of Swat in the mountains north-west of Islamabad. Relatives and security sources say threats against her make that impossible.
In October 2012, masked gunmen stopped a bus taking Malala and some friends home from school and shot her. The Pakistan Taliban who seized control of her home district in 2009, claimed the attack. They said it was in response to a blog post she wrote for the BBC Urdu Service advocating girls education.
>> Now, I->> After surviving the attack, Malala was flown to the UK, and underwent surgery. Unable to return home, she stayed in Britain and set up the Malala Fund, supporting education and advocacy groups.>>
>> At the age of just 17, she became the youngest ever winner of the Noble Peace Prize.
Now 20, she is a student at the University of Oxford. But she remains a divisive figure back home, frequently criticized by religious conservatives who say she gives their country a bad name.