Asia Briefs: 'Afghan girl' won't be deported after all

'Afghan girl' won't be deported after all

ISLAMABAD • An Afghan woman who shot to fame after her photo, taken at a Pakistan refugee camp in 1984, appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine will not be deported from Pakistan.

Ms Sharbat Gula was arrested last week and accused of living in Pakistan on fake identity papers after a two-year investigation. She was due to be deported after her 15-day jail term ends on Wednesday.

A government official said on Saturday that the decision was taken on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture towards Afghanistan, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.

Brunei newspaper to cease publication

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN • The Brunei Times, Brunei's second- largest news daily, said yesterday it will cease publication from tomorrow.

The newspaper said in a front-page statement: "This is to notify readers, our stakeholders and the public in general that The Brunei Times will cease media and publication operations."

No reason was given in the announcement but deputy general manager Soh Lai Huat told Xinhua news agency that it was a business decision.

The paper, launched in July 2006, has a staff of about 200. It has a circulation of 10,000 copies and over 30,000 viewers of its online edition daily.

Brunei has a population of 420,000.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe