Sharbat Gula
Afghan Girl (left) is a 1984 photographic portrait by journalist Steve McCurry which appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image is of a young woman with green eyes in a red headscarf looking intensely at the camera.

Khyber Agency — Aimed tight security, iconic Afghan woman, Sharbat Gula was deported here at Torkham, the Pak-Afghan sharing border, the border security forces sources said on Wednesday.

Remained in jail for two weeks for holding fake Pakistani identity card, Sharbat Gula who is believed to be in her 40s and mother of three was extradited to her home in Afghanistan and handed over to Afghan authorities, at 2:00 am Wednesday, at the Torkham border, official sources confirmed.

Afghan ambassador to Pakistan has also confirmed that Sharbat Gula has arrived to the capital Kabul where she was received by president Ashraf Ghani.

Ashraf Ghani expressed his happiness in a tweet.

According to an Afghan journalist’s facebook post, the Afghan president has awarded her with a house on her arrival.

The Afghan woman got worldwide fame when National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry captured her photograph at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp situated in Peshawar in 1984 and her portrait was published at the cover of National Geographic.

Earlier, Sharbat Gula was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at her residency in Peshawar in fraudulently obtaining national identity card. The authorities said that Shurbat Gula received unlawfully Pakistani identity card in 1988 and a computerized card in 2014 to travel for Hajj to Saudi Arabia.

Last week during hearing in special court she had been found guilty and was sentenced 15 days imprisoned and fine of 110,000 ruppees to be paid.The court had also passed ruling of her deportation.

Local journalists have expressed their unhappiness for not inviting them to Pak Afghan border Torkham to cover Sharbat Gula was handing over to Afghanistan officials.


Nasid Shah Shinwari and Ahmad Nabi from Khyber Agency have contributed to the story.

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