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Imran Khan to sue Umar Zahoor, private news channel and anchor over gift sale allegations

03:26 PM | 16 Nov, 2022
Imran Khan to sue Umar Zahoor, private news channel and anchor over gift sale allegations
Source: Imran Khan (Instagram)

ISLAMABAD – Ousted Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan announced a legal tussle against leading news channel Geo News, its prime-time show host Shahzeb Khanzada, and Umar Farooq Zahoor over gift sale allegations.

In a tweet, the PTI chief said “Enough is enough. Yesterday Geo and Khanzada supported by Handlers slandered me through a baseless story cooked up by a known fraudster and internationally wanted criminal.”

He mentioned consulting with his legal team to sue the media house, and TV show host in Pakistan and in Britain and UAE.

On Tuesday, a UAE-based business person Umar Farooq Zahoor came to the fore and claimed he had bought some of the state gifts, including an expensive wristwatch worth at least Rs2 billion, from Imran Khan's former aide Shahzad Akbar and Farah Bibi.

Farah Gogi and Shahzad Akbar allegedly sold to a Dubai-based businessman an expensive Graff wristwatch worth Rs2 billion gifted to Khan by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he told to Geo News. 

The Dubai-based businessman in question is Umar Farooq, the Norwegian-Pakistani millionaire. Farooq told the news channel that he had the evidence to prove he bought the rare watch and three other Toshakhana gifts from Farhat Shahzadi, also known as Farah Gogi, for 7.5 million Dirhams in cash.

He showed up on Geo News programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath to show evidence of the purchase as well as all the Toshakhana gifts he owns now.

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.

PML-N raps PTI chief for selling Toshakhana gifts

Several leaders of ruling PML-N slammed former premeir Imran Khan for selling the gifts of Toshakhana.

PM's aide Attaullah Tarar said that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would investigate the sale of the rare watch of Toshakhana and hinted at bringing Bushra Bibi close friend to Pakistan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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