Fake CNIC case of Sharbat Gula Nadra official remanded into FIA custody

WEB DESK: A local court Friday remanded an official of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) into custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), for his alleged involvement in issuing a fake Pakistani identity card to Afghan woman Sharbat Gula.

Assistant Director Nadra, Emad, after being produced in court was handed over by the judicial magistrate to the agency on a three-day physical remand.

According to details, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested an assistant director of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Friday on the charges of assisting famed ‘Afghan Girl’ Sharbat Gula in obtaining a forged Computerized National Identity Card. The FIA arrested the official booked in connection with the issuance of the document. The case is registered against as many as three officials of Nadra, with two assistant directors including a woman being still at large.

Sharbat Gula was deported by Pakistani officials early Wednesday to her war-torn homeland following a brief period of detention for residing in the country with fraudulent identity papers. Gula strongly denied all charges against her.

Emad Khan was at large after an FIR was registered against him and two other officials on October 20, 2016. On Wednesday, Pakistani officials handed over Gula, whose haunting eyes were captured in National Geographic’s cover photo taken in a refugee camp in the 1980s, to Afghan border authorities after escorting her from Peshawar. Gula was arrested last month for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. She said that her late husband, Rehmat Gul, had earlier made a manual national identity card in 1988, which was used to get the CNIC with the help of an agent who was bribed.

Source: Business Recorder