Umar Farooq Zahoor, Sophia Mirza’s ex-husband, exacts his revenge on Imran Khan?
Islamabad: People are wondering what made business tycoon Umar Farooq Zahoor to speak against former prime minister Imran Khan.
He surprised many when he appeared on Shahzeb Khanzada’s show and claimed that he bought the watch Imran Khan had received as a gift from Saudi Arabia.
Zahoor said he bought the watch from Farah Gogi for $2 million.
It didn’t come out of the blue. There’s a background to the story which explains why he wanted to exact his revenge on Imran Khan whose aide Mirza Shahzad Akbar allegedly sided with Zahoor’s wife model Sophia Mirza in a legal between the former couple.Mirza Shahzad Akbar, the former Assets Recovery Unit (ARU) Chairman who was also at the helm of affairs at the Ministry of Interior, was accused of using FIA to avenge the “wrongs” done to Pakistani model Sophia Mirza by her former husband Umar Farooq Zahoor, a Dubai-based Pakistani-Norwegian businessman.
Sophia Mirza, real name Khushbakht Mirza, approached the FIA with a complaint against Farooq Zaheer.
She accused her former husband of money laundering of Rs16 billion in the complaint. The model levelled some more serious allegations against the businessman.
Mirza Shahzad Akbar took her complaint to the cabinet meeting and got approval for FIA action against Sophia Mirza’s former husband.
Interestingly, he did not inform the cabinet that Umar Farooq Zaheer was the former husband of Sophia Mirza and the father of her two children.
Geo News correspondent Murtaza Ali Shah reported that the former couple’s two daughters have been living with their father since 2008 after their divorce.
Shah reported that the cabinet was also not informed that the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a Shariah Court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had already settled the matter of custody of the couple’s daughters.
According to Geo News, “Immediately after the federal cabinet approved the summary, FIA Lahore Chief Dr Rizwan started action against Zahoor: his name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) and non-bailable warrants in one of the first information reports (FIRs) were obtained from court without fulfilling the legal requirements, and on the basis of said non-bailable warrants, his passport and CNIC were blacklisted and red notices were issued through the Interpol by National Crime Bureau (NCB) Pakistan for arresting Zahoor.”
It is still not clear why Mirza Shahzad Akbar went extra mile to use the FIA against Umar Farooq Zaheer for Sophia Mirza.
It’s still not known whether Umar Farooq wanted to take revenge from Shahzad Akbar and his boss Imran Khan for the troubles caused to him.