Malala Yousafzai has arrived in Pakistan after six years. The youngest Nobel laureate came with her immediate family and members of the Malala Fund via special plane. Her arrival to Pakistan was reportedly kept secret for security reason.
Six years have passed since Malala was shot on the head by extremists in her hometown Swat for advocating education for girls, but the nation still seems to be divided on whether Malala earned a well-deserved status or she is merely a puppet in western hands.
Such a division is evident from the social media users’ remarks on arrival of Malala, who is currently studying in Oxford, the prestigious university of London.
Here is what Pakistanis had to say on Malala’s sudden arrival to Pakistan.
Those Who Welcomed Malala Yousafzai
#MalalaYousafzai six years!! i mean this is such a long time! we should welcome this brave girl who has achieved a lot just as a kid and expect from her a lot more for her country and especially women of our land. @Malala pic.twitter.com/n6kKT7IkxQ
— Sadia Jabbar (@sadia_jabbar) 29 March 2018
— SalmAn Rajput (@iamSalmanSR7) 29 March 2018
— Sheryar Bhagat (@sheryarbhagat) 29 March 2018
Dear Pakistanis! Malala is not your enemy. Your enemies were those monsters who shot her point blank on her way to school. Welcome home our very own Nobel laureate and a very brave and brainy daughter of the soil #MalalaYousafzai !!!!
— Shahira Lashari (@shahirabaluch) 28 March 2018
And, the girl became emotional while addressing ceremony.
— Ayaz Buriro (@AyazBuriroPPP) 29 March 2018
I welcome #MalalaYousafzai the brave and resilient daughter of Pakistan back to her country.
— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) 28 March 2018
What a sight to wake up to! Welcome back #MalalaYousafzai ?
— Huma Amir Shah (@humaamirshah) 29 March 2018
Those looking for real heroes
Dear @Malala you are not my hero, my real hero is Waleed Khan APS attack survivor. You’re innocent & my sympathy is with u but u played well in hand of others. Today for me a day of shame that we give VIP treatment to you just coz you’re recognized by the west. #MalalaYousafzai pic.twitter.com/Ztk74gplfT
— Fiaz Ahmad (@fiazhnd) 29 March 2018
— no easy day (@bleekambitions) 29 March 2018
— Hashmigroup (@Hashmigroups) 29 March 2018
Eidhi, who dedicated his entire life serving the needy and poor, no noble prize for him but a girl who was so called shot in head, escaped death & talked about women equality and education, received noble prize. No doubt she was overhyped by our cancer media.#MalalaYousafzai
— Qadri. (@osamacaprii) 29 March 2018
And, there are many who think that Malala Yousafzai episode is scripted
The return of #MalalaYousafzai is part of bigger game. The Game which CIA, RAW and NDS almost lost. The game which created PTM.
— Aftab Afridi (@AftabAfridiPTI) 28 March 2018
And there were those who asked some funny questions as well.
#MalalaYousafzai as you are back home, so the 1st question
what GPA you attained
— MirYasirUmair (@MYUwrites) 29 March 2018
The difference of opinion apart, Malala Yousafzai is one of the most inspirational Pakistani women. She inevitably succeeded in achieving big at such a young age. Media reports suggest that she will stay in Pakistan until April 2. Her arrival to Pakistan is indeed a sign that country is finally moving away from the clutches of extremism.