Malala Yousafzai a Polarizing Figure in Her Homeland

October 11, 2014 10:33 AM

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Malala Yousafzai a Polarizing Figure in Her Homeland

Two years and a day after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on a school bus full of children, the Nobel committee in Oslo named Malala Yousafzai the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. But while her victory was celebrated around the world, in Yousafzai's home country of Pakistan her public image is more complicated.

While most in the country, including leading politicians and public figures, have reacted with pride at her award and have supported her over the years for her activism, a vocal segment of Pakistan’s population has not been so pleased with her global recognition.

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