A court in Pakistan rejected the statement about the release on bail of a citizen of Afghanistan 44-year-old Sharbat Gula, who, as a child, became widely known thanks to the photo work of world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry, taken during the period of the Afghan war and placed in 1985 on the cover of National Geographic magazine.

Now grown up “Afghan girl”, or “Afghan Madonna”, was arrested on 26 October 2016, the Federal investigation Agency in Peshawar in his home. Authorities have accused a refugee from Afghanistan that she lived in the country on false documents when arrested, she had seized both Pakistani and Afghan identity documents.

As reported by CBS News, in 2014, the Drone was already accused by Pakistani authorities, using false documents, which she lived in the country. In order not to end up in prison, the Rumble disappeared. Its location has long been unknown. However, the woman denies all charges, insisting that the documents in Pakistan were legitimate.

According to TASS, which cites Pakistani Agency “ham Press”, lawyers Sharbat Gula, seeking the liberation of women, stress that during her stay in Pakistan, she has not received a single complaint and that she was arrested at the moment when he was about to return home to Afghanistan. Lawyers also drew attention to the fact that when the arrest does not meet all the formal requirements.

Despite the fact that Pakistani interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar promised to release her on bail “for reasons of humanity” and to bring to justice the officials who issued her fake documents, the court sided with the Prosecutor, who demanded to leave the woman under arrest. Recall that Goulet could face up to 14 years in prison and a fine of five thousand dollars.

Photo by Steve McCurry in his account in Instagram called the arrest of the famous Afghanistan in blatant violation of her civil rights, noting that doing everything possible to get all the information, contacting colleagues and friends in Pakistan. “I intend to do everything possible to provide legal support for her and her family. I protest against such actions of the authorities in the strongest terms,” wrote McCurry.

We will remind, Sharbat Gula born in 1972 in Afghanistan, in a Pashtun family. However, during the war, her parents were killed, and Sharbat was left an orphan. Together with several surviving relatives she moved to a refugee camp Nasir Bagh on the border with Pakistan. There in 1984 and it was captured by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, who after 18 years, repeated her photograph, when women’s family permission to a new survey.



Court of Pakistan will not be released on bail “Afghan girl” cover of National Geographic, was arrested for using forged documents 02.11.2016

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