PESHAWAR: Expressing dissatisfaction at the rejection of bail of Nat Geo's famed Afghan green-eyed girl' Sharbat Gula, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to intervene in the case for her release.

"It is with utmost disappointment that despite assurances given by the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other government leaders the bail to free Sharbat Gula from incarceration in Peshawar was rejected today," Dr Omer Zakhilwal said in a statement.

The bail plea of Sharbat Gula, was rejected on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old was arrested last week for fraudulently attaining a Pakistani ID card, allegations she has strongly denied.

Zakhilwal said the arrest of Gula, known for "one of the world’s most recognised and Afghanistan’s most beloved image", had already hurt feelings of all Afghans, and today’s ruling was a further disregard to those feelings and the bilateral people-to-people relations and the “winning of hearts and minds” that the two countries claim to be important.

"At this stage I call on the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, to whom I will also send a formal request, to intervene in this case himself to instruct the release of Sharbat Gula," the envoy said.

He said, if the Pakistani government indeed wanted to free Gula, "as the interior minister publically said it did", then Gula should not be subjected to court appearances and rulings.