ISLAMABAD — The youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai has returned Pakistan late Wednesday night, after spending about six years abroad.
Yousafzai’s flight,Emirates’ EK-614,landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport at 1:41 AM, Geo TV reported.
During her stay in Pakistan, Yousafzai,20, is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, as well as other important figures.
She will also participate in the ‘Meet the Malala’ programme, the report said.
The education activist was shot in the head in October 2012 by the Taliban gunmen for actively supporting girls’ right to education. The same year, she left Pakistan after surviving an assassination attempt by Taliban, as she was returning from school.
She was hit in the head, but survived the attack and was airlifted to the Military Hospital Peshawar.Yousafzai was then shifted to London for further treatment.
At the age of 17, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to and struggle for promoting education for children. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist.
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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely
COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.
The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.
“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.