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National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan

Published 26/10/2016

Sharbat Gulla was arrested during a raid at a home in Peshawar, an investigator said
Sharbat Gulla was arrested during a raid at a home in Peshawar, an investigator said

Police in Pakistan have arrested National Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" for having a fake Pakistani identity card, an investigator said.

Sharbat Gulla was arrested during a raid at a home in Peshawar, said Shahid Ilyas, from the Federal Investigation Agency.

Gulla was an Afghan refugee girl when she gained international fame in 1984 after war photographer Steve McCurry's photograph of her, with piercing green eyes, was published on the cover of National Geographic.

McCurry found her again in 2002 in Afghanistan.

Gulla surfaced again in Pakistan last year when authorities said she had a fake Pakistani ID card.

Mr Ilyas said some officials were later fired for providing Gulla with the fake ID and that she has since been living in hiding to avoid arrest.

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