Left: Iconic National Geographic cover picture of Sharbat Gula by Steve McCurry. Right: Sharbat Gula is seen waiting ahead of a court hearing in Peshawar following her arrest. (Image Credit: Steve McCurry / AFP)

National Geographic’s ‘Afghan girl’ arrested in Pakistan

Haunting image of Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry, became the most famous cover image in the magazine’s history

Peshawar, Pakistan: An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested on Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry, became the most famous cover image in the magazine’s history.

She now faces up to 14 years in jail, a Pakistani official warned.

Gula was arrested by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for fraud following a two-year-long investigation in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar...Read more...

Source: gulfnews.com