National Geographic’s famed ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Bibi has been arrested on corruption charges by Pakistani officials, according to the Dawn. Sources in the Federal Investigative Agency of Pakistan told the Dawn that Sharbat Bibi was arrested for forging a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC). The officials recovered both Pakistani and Afghani ID cards from her possession.
The report said that Bibi has been charged under Section 419, 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 5(2) of the Prohibition of Corruption Act. The Pakistani officer, who had issued CNIC to Bibi escaped arrest as he managed to obtain a bail-before-arrest.
The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Pakistan had issued three CNICs to Bibi and two other men respectively last year. The two men were allegedly sons of Bibi. However, according to Dawn, the NADRA had violated its own rules and regulations while issuing the identity cards.
It was found that the information mentioned on the NADRA’s form was fake. The forms claimed that Bibi had two sons. However, officials said that she had two daughters and a two-year-old son.
Sharbat Bibi had become the face of war in Afghanistan when National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry photographed her at Nasir Bagh refugee camp located at Peshawar in 1984. Then a 12-year-old girl, she was identified as Sharbat Gula. Her image was featured on the cover of National Geographic’s June 1985. Sharbat was again discovered by the same photographer in 2002.