Monday Jan 17, 2022
LONDON: Following the decision of the Pakistan government to initiate a money-laundering probe against Tik Tok star Hareem Shah, the social media sensation has urged Prime Minister's aide on accountability Shahzad Akbar to "focus on PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif's case instead of wasting time probing her".
Hareem Shah was responding to a statement by Shahzad Akbar that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had taken notice of Hareem's video and launched an inquiry into the matter.
The minister had said that the controversial video has also been shared with a British probe agency, thought to be Scotland Yard or National Crime Agency (NCA).
Hareem Shah said that the PTI ministers keep making promises to bring back Nawaz Sharif to Pakistan but have failed to do so and “they keep making one promise after another, and fail in the end. They had made cases against Altaf Hussain as well but nothing happened to him”.
Hareem Shah said that Nawaz Sharif is "enjoying his life here in London and going to restaurants but Shahzad Akbar could not do anything to bring him back to Pakistan”.
The TikTok star went on to say that "only proof related to money laundering cases will work here in the courts of London against me, and not empty talks," adding that, “I am not scared of cases, however, I can reveal more secrets and facts”.
She further shed light on her earlier statement related to Pakistan’s passport ranking, saying that "I had only spoken the truth about the Pakistani passport which has been declared as the fourth worst passport in the world under a govt that had promised to increase respect of Pakistani passport and Pakistani currency. I want respect for the Pakistani passport to go up and I have the right to ask questions”.
Due to the incompetency of the incumbent government, the value of the Pakistani passport, as well as its currency, continues to lose its value, she added.
The social media sensation further said: “I am ready to coordinate with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and authorities in London regarding the alleged money laundering case against me.”
In a bid to mock Pakistani authorities, she said: “I think officials here in London do not bother to read letters from Pakistan, they simply throw them in the dustbin. They look into evidence and don’t just cook up the so-called proofs and don’t victimise people."
Daniyal Malik, a former PTI candidate for NA seat in Gujarat, said he has already made a public statement that he had given his cash to Hareem to make the social media video as “fun”.
Daniyal Malik said: “That was my money. I have contacted the UK authorities myself. I told the police to come and interview me but they have said they are interested because they know the truth. The UK authorities know how Pakistani politicians victimise others when they are in power and abuse the process in the name of accountability.”
It should be recalled that last week, the FIA had decided to write a letter to the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency (NCA) to take action against Hareem Shah after she posted a video in which she could be seen flashing stacks of British pounds.
Speaking to Geo News, a spokesman of Scotland Yard said it will not comment on the “dispute” between Hareem Shah and Pakistani government authorities over allegations against each other.
It is worth mentioning here that on January 10, 2022, the TikToker had uploaded a video on social media in which she could be seen flaunting two stacks of British pounds.
The FIA had announced that it had initiated an investigation after Shah claimed that she had "successfully carried a hefty amount of money in cash to the United Kingdom" as against the law.
As reported by Geo News, the FIA had decided to write a letter to the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency (NCA) to take action against Shah.
An FIA spokesperson told Geo News that an investigation regarding Shah's travel to the UK was already underway, adding that Shah had herself confessed to laundering money to the UK, following which a probe was launched.
Since arriving in the UK a week ago, Hareem Shah has taken part in various meet and greet events. She took part in inauguration of two businesses in London and one in Birmingham.