The Afghan girl who became the face of National Geographic magazine in 1980s, Sharbat Gula is to walk free from Pakistan jail after she was arrested on the charges of fraud. The Pakistan government had carried out a two years long investiagation on her and and on her abscoding husband.
The move was taken by Pakistan Interior Ministery which said that the move has been taken on Humanitarian grounds. “I think I will have to review this case because she is a woman and we should see it from a humanitarian angle,” said Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a press conference.
He also said that if they withdraw charges against, they will have to do the same for the officials who issued her fake ID. He said that since they are the real culprits they do not want to let them off without facing the consquences. “As a first step the FIA should arrange her bail as soon as possible so that she should get of jail,” Khan added.
According to the officials, Shabat Gula applied for Pakistani identity card in Peshwar in April 2014 under the name, Sharbat Bibi.
91 million ID cards have been re verified by National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) and some 60,675 fraud cards have been detected. The Afghan girl continues to remain the symbol of refugees who flee their country land in search of a safer home.
The Afghan girl who once became the symbol of refugees in war torn areas, now became the symbol for millions of Afghans who flee their country in search of a safe home. With 1.4 million registered afghan refugees, Pakistan ranks third in the world refugee hosting list, according to UNHCR. Another million unregistered refugees are also estimated by the agency