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Sharbat Gula fighting Hepatitis C, lawyer tells court

The lawyer of Nat Geo’s famed ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula on Tuesday told the court that his client, who was arrested on Oct 26 from her Peshawar residence, is suffering from Hepatitis C.

Sharbat Gula was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for alleged forgery of a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).

During a bail hearing before a special court, Sharbat Gula’s lawyer said she is the sole bread winner of her family and is currently suffering from Hepatitis C.

The lawyer also told the court that Sharbat Gula was on her way to Afghanistan when she arrested.

Earlier this week, Sharbat Gula was sent to prison on judicial remand by a local court.

The court observed in its order that when the suspect was asked whether she wanted to record her confession she replied in negative and refused to confess her guilt. The court then sent the suspect to Peshawar central prison on judicial remand for 14 days.

The bail hearing has been adjourned till Nov 2.

Sharbat Gula, who fled Afghanistan during Soviet occupation shot to fame after her photograph as a young refugee was published on the cover of National Geographic back in 1985 on her arrival to Peshawar.

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