Malala Yousafzai’s first homecoming in six years was brief, and revealing.
Brief, given the amount of time she would have otherwise liked to spend in Pakistan with friends from her early teens, whom she saw again after a shocking and long separation.
One can easily imagine her longing to share with them stories of people she has met, things she has done, the world she has travelled and the international distinction she enjoys.
Revealing, because, as a Dawn newspaper editorial on Friday underscored, Malala’s story continues to illustrate “much of what bedevils this country, and the conflicted narrative that feeds its sense of perpetual victimhood”.
It was Malala’s first homecoming since 9 October 2012 when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head. During an address at the Prime Minister House shortly after her arrival on Thursday, she said it was a “dream come true”.
But the secrecy that shrouded her movements, and a tight security cordon that controlled people’s access to her – and possibly her access to people – couldn’t have been a part of that dream.
She expressed this…