FIA arrests NatGeo’s Afghan girl in Peshawar


PESHAWAR: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday arrested the famous green-eyed ‘Afghan girl’ for living in the country with fraudulent identity papers.


Sharbat Bibi was arrested from her home in Peshawar for forgery of an illegal Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), according to FIA sources.

Until last year, Pakistani officials were investigating Bibi, immortalised in a 1985 National Geographic magazine who was found living in the country on fraudulent identity papers.

In February last year, news surfaced that Bibi and two men, said to be her sons, were issued CNICs; a claim Nadra officials denied.

She appealed to the Nadra chairman to take notice of the issue and form an inquiry committee to expose the persons involved, as the K-P Nadra authority had failed in this regard.

Bibi was first photographed in 1984 by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp, situated on the edge of Peshawar.

She was approximately 12 years old at that time the photograph was taken. The photo has been likened with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. National Geographic also made a short documentary about her life and dubbed her the ‘Mona Lisa of Afghan war’.