Pakistan today deported the ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula. The green-eyed National Geographic fame was arrested for using fake ID card to stay in Pakistan.
She got famous after her picture featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1986. Gula was admitted to the hospital for her Hepatitis C treatment. The officials said she was discharged from the hospital and taken to the border overnight.
Dawn reported that yesterday she was handed over to Afghan security personnel at the Torkham border after she refused the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government’s offer to stay in Pakistan.
Gula and the Afghan government submitted an application to the provincial government and pleaded to permit her to leave Pakistan after completion of her 15-day jail custody. Provincial government on the humanitarian ground decided to stop her deportation but Gula refused to stay in Pakistan.
A special anti-corruption and immigration court ordered her deportation to Afghanistan and fined 1,10,000 rupees.
An official confirmed that Gula was accompanied by the Afghan embassy officials. He added that during the time of her transfer she was prayed for Pakistan, its people and for those who helped her and her family during the stay of her in the nation.
An administrative official in the border town of Torkham, Asmatullah Wazir said to AFP, “We have deported Sharbat Gula to Afghanistan. She crossed the border to Afghanistan at around 2.30 am. She was also accompanied by her four children.”
Gula told that after the Soviet invasion of 1979, she first came to Pakistan when she was only four or five years old. She alleged, “Afghanistan is only my birthplace, but Pakistan was my homeland and I always considered it as my own country. I had decided to live and die in Pakistan but they did the worst thing with me. It’s not my fault that I born there. I am dejected. I have no other option but to leave.”
The prosecutor said that according to interim charge sheet which was submitted on 1st November, Gula accepted the charge against her that she faked her ID to get the CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card).
She stated that her late husband, Rehmat Gul had made a manual national identity card in 1988. An agent was bribed to get the CNIC, using that manual ID card.
In Afghanistan, people are waiting for her coming. President Ashraf Ghani would host a function in Gula’s honour.
Gula had been living in Peshawar with her children and husband, who died five years ago. Her four children were expected to leave Pakistan to be reunited with their mother later on Wednesday.