On Saturday, Yousafzai flew by helicopter to visit her childhood home in Swat Valley amid heavy security.
Youzafzai, who is studying at Oxford University, admitted she had pined for her home, often looking at Pakistan on the map, saying she had waited for that moment for more than five years in the hope of returning.
Mingora is where Malala's family was living and where she was attending school on October 9, 2012, when a gunman boarded her school bus, asked "Who is Malala?", and shot her.
She was welcomed by relatives, former classmates and friends who greeted her with flowers and hugs.
However, the nobel peace prize victor told Reuters that "I miss everything about Pakistan from the rivers, the mountains, to even the dirty streets and the garbage around our house".
However she has also been met with pockets of intense criticism.
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Advocates said that immigrants feared they could face deportation if their information was turned over to immigration authorities. There can be a fine for a false answer, although this hasn't happened in several years. "I have a son".
'We want to make it possible that every girl in Pakistan receives a high-level education and she can fulfil her dreams and become a part of society, she said. "I've never been so happy before", she said of returning to Pakistan. She was on her way home in a school van with other girls after taking an exam when the TTP men opened fire on them.
The 20-year-old, who is now a student at Oxford University, was accompanied by the Pakistani military during her visit on Saturday to Swat Valley, which was once a militant stronghold. "Everything was happening by itself and I could not control anything", said an emotional youngster. "Don't think about me". Comments on the social media were derogatory and insulting, and even the Pakistan Media did not show significant interest in her Nobel victory. "Always it has been my dream that I should go to Pakistan and there, in peace and without any fear, I can move on streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people".
Malala returned to Pakistan in a surprise visit in the early hours of Thursday.
In 2007, The Pakistani Taliban took over much of the valley and banned girls' education, killed people, and flogged women to enforce their harsh interpretation of Islamic law before the Pakistani army drove them out in 2009.
"She maligned Pakistan, Islam and the Pakistani army after going overseas", said Mirza, who leads the President of All Pakistan Private Schools Federation.
Yousafzai became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. "For me, it was for the cause of education", she told the paper.
In the eastern city of Lahore, a group of private schools staged a protest on Friday with teachers and their students chanting "I am not Malala", some wearing black armbands. "All I care about is that they accept education as an issue". I was anxious that I might have done something wrong and I am in trouble. You don't know how to respond.