Pakistan on Tuesday deported Sharbat Gula, the iconic green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country´s wars, official sources said.
Gula was deported to Afghanistan via Torkham Border, where Pakistani security officials handed her over to Afghan security personnel.
Four children of Sharbat Gula had earlier been deported to Afghanistan from Pakistan.
Gula was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Oct 26 from Nauthia for illegally possessing Pakistani computerised national identity card (CNIC).
She was sentenced to 15 days in prison and fined Rs 110,000 by the Peshawar High Court after she pleaded guilty to the charges against her. She was to be deported immediately from Pakistan after the completion of her sentence.
Sharbat Gula who fled Afghanistan during Soviet occupation raised to fame after her photograph as a young refugee was published on the cover of National Geographic magazine back in 1985. Her intense stare at the camera and expressionless face likened her to the famous Mona Lisa painting. Sharbat who was pictured outside a refugee camp became a symbol of the human cost of the Soviet War.