National Geographic's famed 'Afghan Girl' arrested in Pakistan: Reports

Bibi has been charged under Section 419, 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 5(2) of Prohibition of Corruption Act, reported Dawn. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 26, 2016, 09.37 AM (IST)


Famed "Afghan Girl", who appeared on the June cover of National Geographic in 1985, has been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday in Pakistan’s Peshawar, FIA sources have been quoted as saying by the Pakistan daily, the Dawn. 

Sharbat Bibi has been arrested for the forgery of a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), the FIA sources said.

According to Dawn, FIA sources said Bibi had both Pakistani and Afghan ID cards in her possession.

Bibi has been charged under Section 419, 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 5(2) of Prohibition of Corruption Act, reported Dawn. 

An FIA official said the officer who issued the ID cards to Sharbat Bibi is now working as a deputy commissioner in customs and got bail-before-arrest to avoid arrest in the case, the Dawn reported. 

Last year, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) issued three CNICs to Sharbat Bibi and two men who claimed to be her sons, according to Dawn. 

Issuance of CNICs was in violation to the rules and procedures of NADRA.

The official added that relatives present at the given address have refused to recognise two persons listed as her sons in the form.

An inquiry had been launched with NADRA officials under fire for issuing CNICs to foreign nationals without legitimate documentation, Dawn noted.

The famous “Afghan Girl” was photographed by photographer Steve McCurry in 1984 at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp situated on the edge of Peshawar.

(WION)

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