Buyer claims he paid Farah Khan $2m to buy Toshakhana gifts.

KARACHI -- Dubai-based businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor claimed on Tuesday that the PTI government sold an expensive Graff wristwatch - gifted to former premier Imran Khan by Saudi Crown Prince MohamAmad Bin Salman - for $2 million, worth approximately Rs280m at the time of sale in 2019.

The Toshakhana issue over the sale of state gifts received by Imran Khan became a major sticking point in national politics after the Election Commission of Pakistan disqualified the PTI chief for making 'false statements and incorrect declaration'.

After months of evading the topic, Mr Khan admitted in a written reply on Sept 8 that he had sold at least four presents he had received during his tenure as the prime minister.

'In March 2019, former accounAtaAbility minister Shahzad Akbar said that he had a set of watches and if I was interested, I should reach out to Farah [Khan] (a close aide of Imran's wife Bushra Bibi) as she needed help and didn't have any asset buyer,' Mr Zahoor said in an interview with Geo News' Shahzeb Khanzada.

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The gifts mentioned include a diamond MasterGraff Tourbillon Minute Repeater with Makkah map dial GM2751, diamond cufflinks with 2.12ct H IF and 2.11ct I IF round diamonds GR46899, a diamond gent's ring 7.20cts, VVSl rose gold pen set with pave diamonds and an enamel Makkah Map.

Mr Zahoor is said to be an influential business personality and is apparently wanted by Norway, Switzerland, Turkiye and Pakistan since 2009-10 over various financial and other crimes.

The businessman also stands accused of taking his minor daughters abroad illegally after obtaining their passports under fictitious names and parentage, even though the Lahore High Court (LHC) had already ordered that his name be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).

In the interview on Tuesday, Mr Zahoor claimed that he met Farah Khan in Dubai and was instantly interested because the items were 'rare and priceless'.

'[She] told me the history of the watch and said that they were gifted to Imran Khan by the Saudi prince. She said she wanted to sell these on Imran and his wife's behalf,' he said.

Mr Zahoor...

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