• Saturday, December 09, 2023


National Geographic ‘Afghan girl’ denied bail in Pakistan

Sharbat Gula’s photograph by Steve McCurry became National Georgraphic’s most famous cover

By: Eastern Eye Staff

A Pakistani court refused bail on Wednesday (November 2) to an Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover after she was arrested in Pakistan and accused of being one of thousands of refugees using fake ID cards. Pakistan last week arrested Sharbat Gula, whose haunting green eyes – captured in an image taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s – became the most famous cover in the magazine’s history. She was accused of living in the country on fraudulent identity papers following a two-year investigation into her and her husband, who has absconded.…

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