The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to launch an inquiry against former First Lady Bushra Bibi’s friend Farah Khan. To clarify, Farah Khan became the talk of the town after media reports on her alleged financial embezzlement went viral.
NAB Chairperson Justice (retd) Javaid Iqbal gave the approval for inquiry against Khan. Later, NAB released a press release on the decision.
“NAB has authorized an inquiry against Farhat Shahzadi (alias: Farah Khan) and others on allegations of illegal assets beyond known sources of income, money laundering and maintaining various accounts in the name of different businesses,” the NAB statement read.
According to NAB, Farah’s account received a huge turnover amounting to Rs. 847 million during the last three years, which does not commensurate with her stated account profile.
NAB begin probe into former first lady Bushra Bibi's friend and confidante Farah Shahzadi alias Farah Khan – says Rs 847 million moved through her account in last 3 years – went to USA 9 times & UAE 6 times – will probe a case under assets beyond known sources of income provision pic.twitter.com/Ng2rAI1Qmp
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Corruption allegations against Farah Khan
In a press conference, disgruntled PTI leader Aleem Khan accused Bushra Bibi’s friend Farah of taking a lot of bribes and making decisions regarding transfers and postings of bureaucrats in Punjab during Usman Buzdar’s tenure. Later, PML-N leader and former finance minister Miftah Ismail made similar allegations.
The PML-N leader alleged that the first lady’s close aide “took the money” for the transfer of civil servants in Punjab.
“She can engage in corrupt activities because she is friends with the wives of public officeholders. She was someone’s frontwoman,” alleged Ismail.
Ever since the political leader made the allegations, reports on Farah Khan’s wealth made the rounds. New revelations continue to emerge regarding Farah Khan, raising questions on how she attained such wealth.
According to an investigative report by The News, Farah Khan booked a Rs. 70 million Porshe car for which she paid Rs. 33 million in advance. In another instance, an image of her holding a $ 90,000 Birkin bag while sitting in a chartered plane went viral.
Moreover, media reports also claimed that Farah Khan’s Ghang village in Sheikhupura received the most funds out of all villages in Punjab. According to details, on the recommendations of the Punjab chief minister’s office, Farah Khan’s village received a total of Rs. 119 million for development works.
Even the PTI ticket-holders are believed to have never received as much funding for development works in their constituencies as received by Farah Khan’s village.