Dubai-based businessman claims Farah Gogi, Shahzad Akbar sold Imran Khan’s Toshakhana gifts to him
Umar Farooq Zahoor, a Dubai-based businessman, claimed that Imran Khan’s close aides, Farah Gogi and Shahzad Akbar allegedly sold some of the state gifts to him, including an expensive Graff wristwatch worth at least Rs2 billion gifted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has disqualified PTI chairman Imran Khan in Toshakhana case citing corrupt practices by former prime minister.
Imran Khan has already admitted in a written reply to ECP that he had sold at least four gifts received during his tenure as Prime Minister.
Umar Farooq Zahoor, while giving an interview to Geo News said, that ‘in March 2019, former SAPM on accountability Shahzad Akbar contacted him and said that he has a set of worthy watches. He added that Shahzad Akbar told him to meet Farah Khan (close friend of Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi) during a Dubai visit and look at the unwanted rare gifts she wanted to sell.
Umar Farooq Zahoor is an influential businessman and is allegedly wanted by Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Pakistan since 2009-10 for various financial and other crimes.
Umar Farooq Zahoor claimed in the interview that he met Farah Khan in Dubai and showed immediate interest in purchasing these rare and valuable items.
Farooq said that Farah informed him that the watch was gifted by Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman to Imran Khan and on the behest of him, she wanted to sell those gifts.
“I was surprised to see the watch as it was the rarest watch in the world with very limited editions available,” Farooq said.
He further informed that PTI wanted to sell the watch for $4 to $5 million, but after negotiations, he bought it for $2 million and paid in cash on the insistence of Farah Khan.
In an affidavit, Zahoor said: “I Umar Farooq, S/O late Zahoor Ahmed resident of R/o (Address as Per CNIC) House No D-102/1, Block-4, Clifton Karachi, currently Residing at Muhammad Bin Rashid City, District One, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) do hereby solemnly affirm and declare on oath that I was introduced to Ms Farhat Shahzadi by Mr Shehzad Akbar and bought the following ornaments, jewellery SET 2 by Graff from Ms Farhat Shahzadi having CNIC No 35201-2625741-8 and passport No. BP5147413 for AED Seven Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dirhams (AED 7,500,000) paid as cash”.
Farooq alleged later that he was blackmailed and fake cases of money laundering were registered against him by the FIA on Akbar’s behest after he refused to accept the demands made by his former wife Sophia Mirza.
According to Farooq, he got an appraisal of the gifts done from the company which makes these gifts and came to know that the “real value” of the Graff unique set was USD 12 million.
The set included:
- Diamond Master Graff Tourbillion Minute Repeater with Makkah Map
- Dial GM2751 Diamond Cufflinks With 2.12ct H IF and 2.11 ct I IF
- Round Diamonds GR46899 Round Diamond Gent’s Ring 7.20ets I VVSI
- Rose Gold Pen Set with Pave Diamonds and Enamel Makkah Map