Saturday 10 December 2016

National Geographic's 'Afghan Girl' denies getting fake ID

Published 28/10/2016 | 09:41

Bookshop owner Inam Khan shows a copy of a magazine featuring the photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gulla (AP)
Bookshop owner Inam Khan shows a copy of a magazine featuring the photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gulla (AP)

National Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" has appeared in court in Pakistan, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality, a prosecutor said.

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During the court hearing, Sharbat Gulla essentially retracted the confession that investigators say she made after her arrest, Manzoor Aalam said.

She was detained on Wednesday in the north-western city of Peshawar on charges of holding a fake Pakistani identity card.

Gulla was an Afghan refugee when she gained worldwide 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 Afghanistan in 2002.

She surfaced in Pakistan in 2014 but went into hiding when authorities accused her of buying a fake Pakistani identity card.

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