Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan (70) has been accused of giving government gifts to his friends. A Norwegian-Pakistani man wanted by Norwegian police says he bought one of the luxury gifts.
Pakistani media Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, the recently ousted prime minister, has been embroiled in a case involving a diamond watch, gold pen, diamond ring and diamond-encrusted cufflinks in recent days.
In the middle of it all stands a man who has been wanted by Norwegian police for seven years: Omar Farooq Zahoor (47).
On Tuesday, Zahoor appeared on Pakistani television and said he had been allowed to buy royal gifts given to Pakistan by the Saudi crown prince.
A portion of the TV interview can be found below:
The vendor is said to be a close friend of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Zahoor’s allegation is the latest in a series of such allegations of misuse of government gifts. In late October, Pakistan’s Election Commission ruled that Khan would be barred from standing for the next five years as a result of the case.
The man behind the allegations, Umar Farooq Zahoor, is wanted by Norway for what police believe is his role in the spectacular Nordea fraud in 2010, where co-conspirators tapped the account of a wealthy widow.
NOK 62 million in dividends never materialized.
Prosecutor Karl Graf Hartmann was responsible for the criminal case against Jahoor.
– Umar Farooq Zahoor is wanted by the Norwegian police. He has been charged with aggravated fraud and money laundering, Hartman tells VG.
Zahoor denies criminal wrongdoing. The Norwegian police could not catch him. He left Norway before serving another sentence for fraud.
Today, Zahoor lives in the Emirates, which will not deport him to Norway.
Former cricket star Imran Khan (70) ruled Pakistan from 2018 until April this year, when he was ousted by a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly.
His exit was followed by massive protests by his supporters. Khan has tried to force a new election and is fighting the decision in court, where he refuses to stand.
Pakistani politics is very volatile. No prime minister of Pakistan has completed five years in office.
to Three weeks ago Khan was shot in the leg while addressing supporters at an election rally.
Throughout history, three prime ministers have been assassinated, most recently Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
Khan has denied the allegations as part of the campaign against him, according to the report Guardian.
Khan’s party, the PTI, has announced that it will prosecute Zahoor for “character assassination”, a major Pakistani newspaper reported. the dawn.
Khan’s supporters have also questioned Zahoor’s credibility.
While he is wanted by the Norwegian police, Sahoor has been operating from Dubai. Among other things, he is a Sales of Gas Turbines as ended in corruptionSales Expensive Corona Vaccine For poor countries and he has purchased Diplomatic passport in Liberia.
VG’s article about the sale of an overpriced corona vaccine is now frequently shared on social media in Pakistan, mostly in an attempt to protect Khan.
Attention to Zahoor’s activities has increased since a Pakistani investigative journalist based in Kenya shared the vaccine-selling case in a Twitter message in late October.
The next day He has become Shot dead by Kenyan police.
The case has also gained a lot of attention in Pakistan and her message has now been shared more than 10,000 times.
Viji tries to ask Zahoor for his opinion.
– Talk to my lawyer, don’t call me again, Zahoor writes in a message.
Zahoor’s attorney, John Christian Elton, says he has notified Zahoor of the investigation, but has yet to receive a response.
to do Daily newspaper Zahoor via Elton says:
– In this context whoever is at fault will be revealed in the investigation.
Elton says Zahoor will cooperate with Pakistani authorities during any investigation.
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