Afghani Sharbat Gulla and Pakistan.

Afghan National Geographic’s Famous Cover is held in Pakistan.


Sharbat Gula old and new picture.

The impressive image of Sharbat Gula was made in 1984 at an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan.

An Afghan woman who became famous for a photograph of her face on the cover of National Geographic magazine was detained in Pakistan for possession of fake Pakistani documents.

The stunning image of Sharbat Gula, with his large green eyes and red-veiled face, was made in 1984 at an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan by American photographer Steve McCurry.

The photograph is one of the most famous (June 1985) covers in the history of the American magazine and made the adolescent an icon of the Afghan population at the time the country was under Soviet occupation.

More than three decades later, Gula was detained by Pakistani authorities “for obtaining false identity documents,” Shahid Ilyas, director of the National Database Registration Authority, told AFP.

According to Ilyas, the Pakistani authorities are also seeking three other NADRA directors accused of providing a national identity document to Gula. They disappeared after the fraud was revealed. Gula can be sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison, in addition to a fine between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000.


Sharbat Gula with famous cover.

Thousands of Afghan refugees have obtained Pakistani identity documents, despite the computerized system. Pakistan has carried out a major verification campaign in recent months to find out who owns the country’s identity documents fraudulently. The country has 1.4 million Afghans registered as refugees, according to the UN, which makes the nation the third with the largest number of asylees on the planet.