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Pakistan denies bail to National Geographic’s ‘Afghan Girl’

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Famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl", Sharbat Gula has been denied bail. Photo: AP
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A Pakistan court has dismissed a bail bid from National Geographic‘s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl”, who was arrested a week ago over allegedly forged ID papers.

Sharbat Gulla has denied the charges, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality.

Prosecutor Mohsin Dawar said the court dismissed the plea, citing lack of evidence to prove Pakistani citizenship.

Gulla gained worldwide fame in 1984 as an Afghan refugee 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.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has promised to release Ms Gulla on bail.