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Afghan National Geographic magazine Cover Girl arrested by Pakistan for Fraud

October,26,2016:

Faces upto 14 years in jail and a fine between $3,000 to $5,000 if convicted.

Afghan National Geographic magazine Cover Girl arrested by Pakistan for Fraud
Afghan National Geographic magazine Cover Girl arrested by Pakistan for Fraud

On Wednesday, Afghan woman, who was on the cover of National Geographic magazine as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl, Sharbat Gula, was arrested for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

The image of Sharbat Gula was taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by Photographer Steve McCurry, which became the most famous cover image in the National Geographic magazine’s history.

Pakistani official stated that, she would now face upto 14 years in jail and a fine between $3,000 to $5,000 if convicted by court.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Sharbat Gula for fraud after a two year long investigation in Peshawar, the Capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province bordering Afghanistan.

She is one of thousands of the Afghan refugees who had managed to dodge Pakistan’s Computerised System and got an identity card.

Original image of Ms. Gula was taken in the year 1984 in a refugee camp situated in Northwest Pakistan at the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

After 17 years of search, she was tracked down to a remote Afghan village in 2002 where she was married to a baker and the mother of three daughters.

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