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Default ''Abandoned'' Sharbat Gula threatens to return to Pakistan - 09-27-2017, 02:39 AM

DailyTimes | ‘Abandoned’ Sharbat Gula threatens to return to Pakistan



ISLAMABAD: Sharbat Gula – the green-eyed Afghan woman, who had received world fame due to her 1985 photo on a National Geography magazine cover, feels the country’s leadership has not honoured commitments with her and that she could return to Pakistan, where she had spent years as refugee.

As her arrest was unfortunately politicized in view of the nature of Pak-Afghan relationship, President Ghani had handed over a key of a residential flat to Gula, also described as the ‘Afghan Mona Lisa’, when she returned to Afghanistan in November. It was, however, later confirmed that the flat was rented for her. Now her brother complains that rent of the flat has not been paid for four months and the owner is asking for the rent.

“This house has been rented for a year. The property dealer and the house owner knock at our door daily and ask for the unpaid rent. The rent for the last four months remained unpaid,” Niamat Gul, a brother of Sharbat Gula told Pajhwok news agency on Tuesday.

He; however, said the government had paid the rent of first six months of Gula’s house and unpaid of the past four months.

Gula, 47, was arrested in October 2016 in Peshawar by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for living in Pakistan on forged identity papers.

Her arrest had widely been condemned in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A special anti-corruption and immigration court had sentenced her to 15 days imprisonment with a fine of Rs110,000. She had returned to Afghanistan after her release.

Afghan media and rights activists say that President Ghani has not yet fulfilled his promise to give her a house and that the gov’t has failed to pay rent of her house.

“They (govt) cannot accommodate only one Sharbat Gula, who had showed loyalty to her homeland. She neither preferred the West nor the East but own country and people,” Najm Shinwari, an Afghan journalist said on his Facebook amid a debate on the social media.

“The president had promised to give her a house. The president also promised to meet her expenses. But there is nothing today and Sharbat Gula is complaining,” he said.

It was in fact the social media which highlighted the problems of Gula, who was almost forgotten by the government officials. Criticism in the social media forced a presidential palace official to issue a statement that President Ghani has issued instructions to fulfill all his promises.

As criticism at the president started a government official also used his official Facebook to come heavily on own government.

Communication and Information Ministry spokesman Najeeb Nangyal said the government has not implemented a single commitment with Gula in one year. He said Gula’s children were removed from schools few times because they could not pay monthly fee.

An Afghan website Nunn.Asia reported that Gula may go back to Pakistan because of her mistreatment by the government.

A well-known Afghan analyst Dr Faiz Mohammad Zaland also said that Gula has threatened to cross the border to Pakistan if the gov’t did not honour promises with her.

As some Afghan officials tried to politicize Gula’s arrest in Pakistan, PTI gov’t in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa had announced she will not be deported if she decides to live in Pakistan. A Pakistani property tycoon had reportedly offered Gula a house of her choice if she wants to live in Pakistan.

She migrated to Pakistan with her family during civil war in Afghanistan in 1984 and settled in Nasir Bagh refugees’ camp in the outskirts of Peshawar. In a series of interviews she had praised the people of Pakistan for hospitality to Afghans but she was disappointed at her arrest.

In an interview with the AFP news agency in November last year, Gula had stated she was “heartbroken” at the prospect of returning.

“Afghanistan is only my birthplace, but Pakistan was my homeland and I always considered it as my own country,” she was quoted as saying.

“I had decided to live and die in Pakistan but they did the worst thing with me. It’s not my fault that I born there [in Afghanistan]. I am dejected. I have no other option but to leave,” Gula had stated, according to AFP.
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Default 09-27-2017, 03:49 AM

This is indeed very sad state of affair...If a famous person can't get a little bit attention from government what the common folks will perceive and treated by Afghan government...
Good thing is she is thinking to move Pakistan where million of Afghans are having better life then Afghanistan
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What's up with all these Punjabis constantly trying to talk for Pakistani Pashtuns? Seems like they don't trust their own countrymen enough to fulfill their civic duty of trolling every single space with pro-Pakistani drivel, and go around doing it for them.

And "better life in Pakistan"? Your trash government was the one who kicked her out of her home in the first place. A refugee your government stole aid money from, and then kicked to the curb when it no longer found her useful.

No excuses for the pimps that run Afghanistan, but your country hasn't been in a state of constant war and invasion for decades, and yet it's still one of the worst places in the world. It's HDI isn't much higher than war ravaged Afghanistan (144/188? Seriously?), and in fact KP's HDI is equal to Afghanistan's, while Balochistan's is lower. So the average Pashtun in Pakistan isn't any better off than he is in Afghanistan. How does that even happen?
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Default 09-27-2017, 05:34 AM

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What's up with all these Punjabis constantly trying to talk for Pakistani Pashtuns? Seems like they don't trust their own countrymen enough to fulfill their civic duty of trolling every single space with pro-Pakistani drivel, and go around doing it for them.

And "better life in Pakistan"? Your trash government was the one who kicked her out of her home in the first place. A refugee your government stole aid money from, and then kicked to the curb when it no longer found her useful.

No excuses for the pimps that run Afghanistan, but your country hasn't been in a state of constant war and invasion for decades, and yet it's still one of the worst places in the world. It's HDI isn't much higher than war ravaged Afghanistan (144/188? Seriously?), and in fact KP's HDI is equal to Afghanistan's, while Balochistan's is lower. So the average Pashtun in Pakistan isn't any better off than he is in Afghanistan. How does that even happen?
I've said this before , and I say it again. Afghans had been living freely in Pakistan for over three decades.True , they faced problems and even harrassment at times , but there was no issue of visas , or legal documents etc.
Things have changed in the last 2-3 years , when our authorities became harsher on the pretext that they are taking these steps to eradicate terrorism , which I personally don't agree with.I believe that Afghans who had been ,and are , living in Pakistan ,whether in the refugee camps or otherwise , are for the most part constructive members of society who are just concerned to go on with their lives. if one Afghan gets caught in some crime , then the whole community is blamed.
If Sharbat Gula does want to return to Pakistan , she'll have to do so on a visa.A few years ago she wouldn't have had too , though.
See also how the media gives attention to famous people. How many ordinary people are going through these problems but they are not being highlighted.
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What's up with all these Punjabis constantly trying to talk for Pakistani Pashtuns? Seems like they don't trust their own countrymen enough to fulfill their civic duty of trolling every single space with pro-Pakistani drivel, and go around doing it for them.

And "better life in Pakistan"? Your trash government was the one who kicked her out of her home in the first place. A refugee your government stole aid money from, and then kicked to the curb when it no longer found her useful.

No excuses for the pimps that run Afghanistan, but your country hasn't been in a state of constant war and invasion for decades, and yet it's still one of the worst places in the world. It's HDI isn't much higher than war ravaged Afghanistan (144/188? Seriously?), and in fact KP's HDI is equal to Afghanistan's, while Balochistan's is lower. So the average Pashtun in Pakistan isn't any better off than he is in Afghanistan. How does that even happen?
KP is light years ahead of Afghanistan. You must be daydreaming if you think both are equal. Besides HDI is not the end all be all . There are countless other Indexes for Quality of Life where Pakistan fares better like United Nations Happiness report (80/160 ) Corruption Index (116/180). If you google Indexes you will get loads of different results . In Corruption perception Index Russia is below Pakistan . That might be arguable. Never take Indexes too seriously.

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) | Development Policy & Analysis Division

Least developed countries (LDCs) are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development. They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets.

There are currently 47 countries on the list of LDCs which is reviewed every three years by the Committee for Development (CDP).

LDCs have exclusive access to certain international support measures in particular in the areas of development assistance and trade.

According to United Nations, Pakistan is a developing country rather than a least developed one.

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Default 09-27-2017, 09:59 AM

Look how the queen of pashto music is treated in Pakistan.

Zarsanga threatens to shift to Afghanistan - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

This article is old but her life hasn't change so much she still lives in a tent.
Extreme measures: Pushto folk music queen’s awards up for sale - The Express Tribune

Not that I don't want to raltivize sharbat gulas situation or defend Afghan government. Pakistanis are acting as an upholder of moral standards and that's what annoys me.

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KP is light years ahead of Afghanistan. You must be daydreaming if you think both are equal. Besides HDI is not the end all be all . There are countless other Indexes for Quality of Life where Pakistan fares better like United Nations Happiness report (80/160 ) Corruption Index (116/180). If you google Indexes you will get loads of different results . In Corruption perception Index Russia is below Pakistan . That might be arguable. Never take Indexes too seriously.

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Least developed countries (LDCs) are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development. They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets.

There are currently 47 countries on the list of LDCs which is reviewed every three years by the Committee for Development (CDP).

LDCs have exclusive access to certain international support measures in particular in the areas of development assistance and trade.

According to United Nations, Pakistan is a developing country rather than a least developed one.
Peshawar_222, why you have come back with new ID when the previous one is not banned? http://www.pashtunforums.com/members/19742.html
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KP is light years ahead of Afghanistan. You must be daydreaming if you think both are equal. Besides HDI is not the end all be all . There are countless other Indexes for Quality of Life where Pakistan fares better like United Nations Happiness report (80/160 ) Corruption Index (116/180). If you google Indexes you will get loads of different results . In Corruption perception Index Russia is below Pakistan . That might be arguable. Never take Indexes too seriously.

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Least developed countries (LDCs) are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development. They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets.

There are currently 47 countries on the list of LDCs which is reviewed every three years by the Committee for Development (CDP).

LDCs have exclusive access to certain international support measures in particular in the areas of development assistance and trade.

According to United Nations, Pakistan is a developing country rather than a least developed one.
'Least Developed'!! Lol
You're comparing Apples and Oranges(but in this case rotten).
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Peshawar_222, why you have come back with new ID when the previous one is not banned? http://www.pashtunforums.com/members/19742.html
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