Pakistan has decided against deporting Afghan refugee woman, Sharbat Gula, of National Geographic "Afghan Girl" fame, as a gesture of goodwill towards Afghanistan and on humanitarian grounds, but the Afghan Consulate in Peshawar said her return to home country was final.
The green-eyed Afghan girl who made one of National Geographic's most recognisable covers has been deported to Afghanistan, a Pakistani government official has said.
Purported video footage of Gula, broadcast by Pakistan's Geo-TV on the night of November 8, showed a woman wearing an Afghan-style burqa in a vehicle with Pakistani diplomats heading for the border.
Gula will complete her sentence on Wednesday.
"Now, by sending her back to a country she hasn't seen in a generation and her children have never known, her plight has become emblematic of Pakistan's cruel treatment of Afghan refugees".
Pakistan has been tackling the Afghan refugee crisis for over three decades.
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Gula was for years an unnamed celebrity after an image of her as a teenage Afghan refugee was featured on National Geographic magazine's cover in 1985, her striking green eyes peering out from a headscarf with a mixture of ferocity and pain.
Gula had said she paid an agent to get the identity card, an unnamed official had told Pakistani newspaper Dawn.
Gula was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Oct 26 from Nauthia for illegally possessing a Pakistani CNIC. Her family has said her Afghan husband died a few years ago.
The woman's photograph, captured by Steve McCurry at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Peshawar in 1984, won worldwide acclaim and was compared to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting.
After crossing into Afghanistan at the Torkham border post she is due to fly to Kabul for a meeting with Ghani. She was also suffering from Hepatitis C. "This is an impoverished, vulnerable woman, treated harshly and detained after living in the country for 40 years", he said. But since July, Pakistan has launched a new crackdown on refugees, seeking to repatriate them to Afghanistan.