Mona Lisa of Aghan War issued CNIC

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 24 February 2015 19:00

PESHAWAR: A Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) has been issued by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) officials in Peshawar to Afghan woman Sharbat Bibi and two men who are said to be her sons, official documents reveal.

In violation with rules and regulations, Nadra issued three CNICs on a single day last year to the 46-year-old Sharbat Bibi, wife of Rehmat Gul, and her two sons Rauf Khan and Wali Khan, sources at Nadra’s Hayatabad office revealed.

Nadra source said, "These people are so powerful; I don’t know whether they have money or connections but they got three CNICs in one day."

Men identified by Nadra as Sharbat Bibi's sons Wali Khan (L) and Rauf Khan (R).
Men identified by Nadra as Sharbat Bibi's sons Wali Khan (L) and Rauf Khan (R).

Sharbat moved to Peshawar In 1984 along with her two sons and been residing in the Nasir Bagh camp established for Afghan refugees since then. Earlier reports had said that Sharbat has three daughters in contrast with the information on the Nadra form to state that she has two sons.

"They may not be her sons but this is a common practice among Afghan refugees whereby they list names of non-relatives as their children to obtain documents," said a Nadra source.

According to the Nadra form, Sharbat is said to be a permanent resident of Peshawar's Nothia Qadeem area.

"She lives here. We travel between Pakistan and Afghanistan depending on the security situation," said one of her relatives while speaking to Media.

It is unclear how long she has been in Pakistan or if she is a registered Afghan refugee.

An inquiry has been launched at Nadra with officials under fire for issuing CNICs to foreign nationals without legitimate documentation. When contacted, Nadra officials, refused to comment on the matter.

Registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan can obtain Proof of Registration (PoR) documentation.

However, it is unlawful to issue a CNIC card to Afghan nationals without adequate documentation and procedure to acquire Pakistani nationality. Last month, an accountability court sentenced two assistant directors of the Nadra to seven-year jail term for issuing bogus CNICs to Afghan refugees.

Sharbat Bibi became famously known as the 'Afghan Girl' when National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry captured her photograph at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp situated on the edge of Peshawar in 1984 and identified her as Sharbat Gula.

She gained worldwide recognition when her image was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at a time when she was approximately 12 years old.

That 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’.

She remained anonymous for years after her first photo made her an icon around the world and until she was discovered by National Geographic in 2002.

After Sharbat's family granted her permission to meet with the man who photographed her 17 years ago, McCurry knew immediately, even after so many years, that he had found her again.

"Her eyes are as haunting now as they were then," he had said.

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