National Geographic’s famed ‘Afghan girl’ to be released soon: Zakhilwal

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KABUL: The Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal has promised that National Geographic’s famed ‘Afghan girl’, Sharbat Gula, will be released from the Pakistani jail soon.

Zakhilwal said the Embassy of Afghanistan has not been informed regarding the arrest of Gula and her family so far.

He said the Embassy of Afghanistan has ascertained the location where Gula is detained as he assured that steps would be taken soon to release her from the prison.

The Pakistani authorities reported Wednesday that Sharbat Gula was arrested on Tuesday and is in custody for further investigation regarding the alleged forgery in producing the Pakistani identty card.

Gula who is believed to be in her 40s was arrested from her home for forgery of a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), the officials said.

She gained global recognition when her photograph was featured on National Geographic Magazine’s cover in 1985 and was linked with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona.

Gula been residing together with her sons in Nasir Bagh camp established for Afghan refugees since she moved to Peshawar in 1984.

A short documentary was made by the magazine where she was dubbed the ‘Mona Lisa of Afghan war’. Sharbat remained anonymous for years after her first photo made it to the cover until she was rediscovered by National Geographic in 2002.

The documentary was followed by her global recongition when her photograph was featured on National Geographic Magazine’s cover in 1985 and was linked with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona-Khama Press

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