World Famous Green Eyed Woman Arrested in Peshawar for Making Fake CNICs

Remember the green eyed girl who took internet by storm? Well, she has been arrested and charged with making fake CNICs.

Sharbat Gula became the iconic “Afghan Girl” after her portrait was captured by Steve McCurry at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp situated on the edge of Peshawar in 1984, which appeared on the National Geographic’s cover page in the mid-1980s.

Image #: 1398171 New York fine art dealer Rock Walker (2nd L) works in his booth displaying a famous portrait (R) by U.S. photographer Steve McCurry at an art fair in Sydney July 27, 2005. McCurry's iconic portrait, of a young Afghan refugee named Sharbat Gula, sells for around A$8,000 ($6,060) per print. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne /Landov

Sharbat Bibi’s portait displayed in a New York fine art’s gallery.

Arrest of Arbab Rizwan

It was reported that NADRA officials helped Sharbat Bibi in acquiring the Pakistani CNIC. Investigation was conducted and in 2015, FIA also arrested Arbab Rizwan, who was Assistant Director of NADRA at that time. He was accused of helping Sharbat in attaining fake CNIC along with two of her brothers.

Raiding of Sharbat Bibi’s Residence

FIA have been investigating Sharbat and raided her residence in Peshawar, July this year, but ended up empty handed. After the failed raid, FIA agent said,

““We do not think she has moved to Afghanistan, it is possible she may have moved to another address in order to avoid the ongoing investigation.”

Common Problem

According to Faik Ali Chachar, the fake usage of identity cards is on the rise. Talking in regards to Sharbat Bibi’s case,

“This is one of the thousands of cases which was detected last year and sent to the FIA. We are waiting for the findings of the inquiry,” Faik Ali Chachar, spokesman for the National Database and Registration Authority.

“Our vigilance department detected (the) Sharbat Bibi case in August 2014 and sent it to FIA for further investigation the same month.”

It was reported that up to 22,000 refugees may have illegal identification. It is estimated that as many as 2.5 million Afghan refugees remain in Pakistan, although many returned to their home after the Taliban regime was overturned in 2001.

Arrest of Sharbat Bibi

Over the course of the years, each little step has moved the Pakistani officials closer to the arrest of Sharbat Bibi. The raiding of her house in Peshawar proved crucial, which was with the NADRA’s help who had been helping FIA after the Arbab Rizwan arrest. Sharbat Bibi was arrested from Peshawar, it was revealed.

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      • I have to agree with him here. Maybe she wasn’t innocent, but she’s pretty much harmless. Terrorists however, the one’s who our agencies should really be going after instead of chasing these low level crooks, are the real enemies of the state. Yet they walk free.

        • Well if she has got a CNIC, she must have forged some papers and given false oaths … Not innocent in the eyes of the Law. Should be punished, along, with the conniving NADRA Officials, as without their support this long string of illegal Pakistani CNIC holders should not have existed in the first place

      • wasting all resources to catch harmless people instead of real culprits. “Over the course of the years, each little step has moved the Pakistani officials closer to the arrest of Sharbat Bibi.”
        Seriously? years wasted to catch harmless woman is justifiable?

    • Law should take it course, be it the Terrorists or the Fake CNIC holders. If Army is taking action against the Terrorists, let the civilian Government should at least pretend to take some action relation to National Security

  • “Remember the green eyed girl who took internet by storm?” Excuse me internet didn’t exist back then..

  • Our first priority is to catch easy targets. Those who looted billions or killed hundreds are still free because WE dont want to catch them.

    • exactly. wasting all resources to catch harmless people instead of real culprits. “Over the course of the years, each little step has moved the Pakistani officials closer to the arrest of Sharbat Bibi.”
      Seriously? years wasted to catch harmless woman?

      • She’s harmless only if ahe didn’t involve in any ‘activity’. If she did that only to live here then wasting time on her is gonna cost more lives (leaving real killers loose while chasing her).
        This govt is filled with incompetent people thoae who dont even know what they had to do.

  • Pro Pakistani, does it make sense,32years gone and she still the same as she was in 1984? stop spreading such haox news.

  • “Remember the green eyed girl who took internet by storm? ”
    which parallel universe is the author talking about. 1984 & internet ?

    • Well, Internet existed in 1970s. Protocol like FTP existed since 1971. And I think writer means “took internet by storm” because she was famous for National Geographic documentary about her about 10 years ago.


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