NatGeo’s ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula not to be deported from Pakistan

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Nat Geo’s famed “Afghan Girl” Sharbat Gula will not be deported from Pakistan, a Pakistani government official Shaukat Yousafzai has said, it was reported on Sunday.
The Afghan woman known worldwide for her iconic portrait on the cover of National Geographic was arrested by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency on October 26 from her house in the Nauthia area for “forgery” of a Computerised National Identity Card.
A day after her arrest, the United Nations High Commissioner distanced itself from her, claiming that she was not a registered refugee, Dawn reported . On Friday, a special anti-corruption and immigration court in Peshawar ordered the deportation of Sharbat Gula after she serves a 15-day jail sentence and pays a fine of Pakistani Rs 110,000. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s home department, following the decision, has also stopped implementation of the decision to deport her to Afghanistan. The decision was taken on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture towards Afghanistan.

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