Sharbat Gula likely to be freed on bail from Pakistan jail today

The famous Afghan woman ‘Afghan Mona Lisa’ will likely be released on bail from the Pakistan jail today, days after she was sentenced by a court for possessing fake Pakistani ID card.

The Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said two Afghan diplomats managed to meet Gula in Peshawar prison on Monday, assuring that Gula is in a good condition.

Hailing the Afghan diplomats for their efforts, Zakhilwal said Gula will be prepared to get a bail from the court and will be released from the jail on Tuesday.

A Pakistani court on Friday sent the iconic Afghan girl Sharbat Gula to jail on 14-day remand as she appeared before the Judicial Magistrate after charged with having fake Pakistani identity card.

However, the country’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the Afghan woman Sharbat Gula will be released on bail as he called the officials as real culprits who issued the fake identity card to her.

“I think I will have to review this case because she is a woman and we should see it from a humanitarian angle,” Khan said.

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 identity card.

Gula 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.

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

The Pashtun Times

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