ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday arrested an official of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) for allegedly issuing a fake Computerised National Identity Card (CNICs) to Nat Geo’s famed ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula.
Nadra’s Assistant Director Amaad was arrested during a raid in Peshawar and presented before the judicial magistrate. The official had been suspended last year prior to an inquiry into the case and then absconded, DawnNews reported.
After a court hearing, Amaad was sent on physical remand for three days.
The FIA had earlier lodged FIRs against the three Nadra officials over charges of issuing fake CNIC to Sharbat Gula. However, the remaining two suspects, also assistant directors at Nadra, were granted bail before arrest by the court.
Sharbat Gula was arrested by the FIA on October 26 from her home in Peshawar for alleged forgery of a CNIC.
Bibi had Pakistani and Afghan ID cards in her possession both of which were recovered from her, FIA sources said at the time.
Gula was sent to prison on judicial remand by a local court in Peshawar after she declined to confess her guilt in a case of alleged forgery for getting Pakistani CNIC. The court also ordered her deportation.
Later, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government decided to stop her deportation on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture towards Afghanistan.
However, Sharbat Gula refused to stay in Pakistan and left for Afghanistan earlier this week, where she was welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani.
THE PASHTUN TIMES