ISLAMABAD: The famous green-eyed ‘Afghan girl’ immortalized by the National Geographic magazine on its 1985 cover has been living in Pakistan on fake documents, prompting authorities to launch a probe.
Four officials were suspended on Wednesday for allegedly issuing fake Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) to Sharbat Gula and her two ‘sons’.
According to Pakistani officials, Gula applied for a Pakistani identity card in the northwestern city of Peshawar in April 2014, under the name ‘Sharbat Bibi’.
The then 12-year-old Gula became famous worldwide after her haunting close-up shot was published by the magazine that was clicked at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar in 1984 by photographer Steve McCurry.
That photo has been likened with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.