Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Nat Geo’s famed famous green-eyed ‘Afghan girl’ from her home in Peshawar for possessing a fake Pakistani Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).
Until last year, Pakistani officials were investigating Bibi.
In 1985, photographer Steve McCurry took the image of the then 12-year-old Sharbat Gula at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp, situated on the edge of Peshawar, and thereafter she became the most famous cover image in the National Geographic magazine’s history.
The photo has been likened with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. National Geographic has also made a short documentary about her life and dubbed her the ‘Mona Lisa of Afghan war’.
As per FIA, the officer who had issued the ID cards to Sharbat Bibi got bail-before-arrest to avoid arrest in the case.
Last year, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) issued three CNICs to Sharbat Bibi and two men who claimed to be her sons. Issuance of CNICs were in violation to the rules and procedures of NADRA.
Photographer Steve McCurry metro
Officials say NADRA has so far reverified 91 million ID cards and detected 60,675 cards by non nationals fraudulently.