October 26, 2016 1:32 pm
Updated: October 26, 2016 1:33 pm

National Geographic’s famed green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ arrested in Pakistan for having fake ID

Pakistan's Inam Khan, owner of a book shop shows a copy of a magazine with the photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gula, from his rare collection in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A Pakistani investigator says the police have arrested National Geographic‘s famed green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ for having a fake Pakistani identity card.

Shahid Ilyas from the Federal Investigation Agency, says the police arrested Sharbat Gula during a raid on Wednesday at a home in Peshawar.

Gula was an Afghan refugee girl when she gained international fame in 1984 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 2002, in Afghanistan.

Gula surfaced again in Pakistan last year when authorities said she has a fake Pakistani ID card.

Ilyas says some officials were later fired for providing Gula with the fake ID and that she has since been living in hiding to avoid arrest.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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