Mona Lisa of Afghan War: Sharbat Bibi Arrested for Corruption Charges in Pakistan

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Mona Lisa of Afghan War

The famous National Geographic‘s famed girl Sharbat Bibi, also known as the Afghan Girl, got arrested recently by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)  in Pakistan. According to the latest news that poured in, she was arrested for the act of forgery as computerized National Identity Card was found in her house. The news was covered by Dawn, and sources informed them that Sharbat Bibi has dual Pakistani and Afghan nationality, the identity cards of which have been recovered from her. Adding to this,last year National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had issued three Computerized National Identity Card, one of them was for Sharbat Bibi and two men who claimed to be her sons, but the issuance of the national identity cards were against the rules and procedures of National Database and Registration Authority. However the officer who had issued the national identity cards to her managed to escape arrest as he managed to obtain a bail before he was arrested.

Sharbat Bibi was known by the world after National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry  took a photograph of her at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar in 1984. At that time when she was 12 years old, she was identified as Sharbat Gula. With the photograph she came to be known as the ‘Afghan Girl’. There was even a short documentary about her life that was made by National Geographic, where they called her the ‘Mona Lisa of Afghan war’. According to the reporter Sharbat Bibi was charged under Section 419, 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 5(2) of the Prohibition of Corruption Act.

Sharbat Bibi‘s identity was not known for years after a picture of her made the cover of National Geographic.However the same photographer located in 2002. When the family members of the ‘Afghan girl’ gave
her permission to meet with McCurry, who photographed her 17 years earlier, it took him no time to realize that it was the same girl he had photographed 17 years ago.

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