• publish: 5 November 2016
  • time: 11:44 pm
  • category: Social
  • No: 4555

Afghan girl Sharbat Gula will not be deported: Pakistan officials

Nat Geo’s famed ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula will not be deported from Pakistan, said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai on Saturday.

Sharbat Gula was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Oct 26 from her house in the Nauthia area for alleged forgery of Pakistani Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).

A day after her arrest, the United Nations High Commissioner distanced itself from Sharbat Gula, claiming that she was not a registered refugee.

Sharbat Gula will complete her 15-day sentence on Wednesday.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan also requested KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to not deport Sharbat Gula.

KP’s home department, following the decision, has also stopped implementation of the decision to deport her.

The decision was taken on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture towards Afghanistan.

During a bail hearing before a special court earlier this week, Sharbat Gula’s lawyer said she is the sole bread winner of her family and is currently suffering from Hepatitis C.

Earlier in the week, a special anti-corruption and immigration court in Peshawar ordered the deportation of Sharbat Gula after she serves a 15-day jail sentence and pays a fine of Rs110,000.

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