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Sharbat Gula to visit India for medical treatment, says official

Sharbat Gula to visit India for medical treatment, says official

India Blooms News Service | | 13 Nov 2016, 08:37 pm
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IBNS): National Geographic's famous 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula will be visiting India soon for medical treatment, officials said.

"The Iconic Afghan Sharbat Gula will soon be in India for medical treatment free of cost - Thank you India for being a true friend! @MEAIndia," Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Abdali tweeted.

Sharbat Gula, who gained recognition after featuring in the National Geographic cover, would not be deported to Afghanistan, Pakistani media reports said recently.

Pakistani media Dawn.com had reported this news by quoting  government official Shaukat Yousafzai.

She was on recently summoned by a special anti-corruption and immigration court in Peshawar.

The court had ordered her to be deported to Afghanistan after serving her jail term.

The decision to not deport her to Afghanistan was taken on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture towards to the country, Dawn.com reported.

Gula became popular across the globe after making it to a National Geographic cover.

The Federal Investigation Agency has filed interim chargesheet against Gula in connection with  a case related to forgery to secure Pakistani Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).

Her bail petition was rejected by a Pakistani court on Nov 2.

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