Returning to Pakistan, Malala is overwhelmed by her emotions

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The vehicle carrying Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafza and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai leaves for Prime Minister House ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad, March 29, 2018.

"I'm not very old but I've seen a lot", Yousafzai said following a meeting with Abbasi Thursday.

Marvi Memon, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, also welcomed Yousafzai, saying it was a pleasant surprise for her to see Yousafzai back home. Whenever I would travel, in plane or in auto, I would imagine that it's Pakistan and I am driving in Islamabad.

"We are fighting a war against terror", he said.

One leading Pakistani journalist, Hamid Mir, issued a plea for restraint when talking about her visit, warning that negative reactions "will damage Pakistan's image".

"We have unbelievable women", she told them in comments broadcast on state television, pushing for more education and critical thinking.

Her comments come after she arrived back in her homeland for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants angered at her championing of girls' education.

Abbasi praised Yousafzai for her sacrifices and activism.

Yousafzai may visit her childhood home in Swat Valley if security threats don't prevent her from traveling.

"Malala is Pakistan's representative to the world".

Yousafzai, now a student at Britain's Oxford University, landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport early Thursday and checked in a hotel with strict security. "Malala Fund has already spent more than six million dollars in Pakistan for the education of girls", she said regarding the non-profit group she had co-founded with her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai.

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"It's the happiest day of my life", she said.

"Some Pakistanis have always been critics of Malala, favouring conspiracy theories claiming she is "a Western agent" or was actually shot by the CIA", Kermani says.

Ms Yousafzai was only 15 when a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and demanded, "Who is Malala?", before shooting her in the head.

They also blew up many girls' schools and imposed their strict version of Islamic law until they were finally driven out.

In a tearful speech she spoke about how she always thought of home and will continue to fight to promote women's empowerment, health, education, democracy.

Just this month, she used her Nobel Prize money to build a new school in Shangla, close to her home district.

The prime minister went on to say that terrorism was at its peak in Pakistan in 2012 when Malala also became a victim and left the country.

Local television channels have been showing her return to Pakistan with some replaying the horror of her shooting and the rush to get her treatment.

A private school headmaster in Swat, Ahmad Shah, said the region's people were eager to greet her.

Some in Pakistan, especially religious conservatives, have been critical, calling her a polarizing figure who portrays her country in a negative way to seek fame overseas.