New Delhi: The famous face girl Sharbat Gula of National Geographic’s channel who is popular with the name of “Afghan Girl” in the world, has recently faced her controversial deportation from Pakistan will be travelling to India for medical treatment.
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Shaida Abdali, announced on his Twitter account: “The Iconic Afghan Sharbat Gula will soon be in India for medical treatment free of cost.”
According to Afghan news agency, her lawyer said that Gula, who’s in her 40s, suffers from Hepatitis C. She is now scheduled to travel to Bangalore to receive treatment.
She was arrested for forgery of a Pakistani Computerised National Identity Card by the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan on October 26 from her house in Peshawar.
She appealed guilty to all charges against her and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and a fine of Rs 110,000 by a special anti-corruption and immigration court.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial government offered to stop her deportation from the country but she refused to stay in Pakistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last week personally welcomed her upon her arrival in Afghanistan, offering her a furnished apartment after she was deported by Pakistan.
Sharbat Gula portrait, got popular because of her sea-green eyes and sharp looks that made her an international symbol of refugees facing an uncertain future; she first appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985.
Photographer Steve McCurry clicked her photograph as a young girl living in the largest refugee camp in Pakistan, where almost three million Afghans sought shelter in the wake of the 1979 invasion by the Soviet Union.
McCurry traced Sharbat Gula again and photographed in 2002, by that time she got married and became mother of five.
Her that photo has been likened with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The National Geographic channel made a short documentary about her life and dubbed her the “Mona Lisa of Afghan war”.