Interpol red notices issued against model Sophia Mirza, her sister.

ISLAMABAD -- The Interpol red notices have been issued against former model and actress Sophia Mirza (Khushbakht Mirza) and her sister Mariam Mirza.

Sophia and Mariam have resided in London for several months, following cases filed against them in Pakistan by Umar Farooq Zahoor, a Dubai-based businessman.

He shares two teenage daughters with Sophia Mirza, and the two parties have been entangled in a prolonged legal battle over custody rights.

The Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), has issued red notices for the accused individuals, Sophia Mirza under Notice number 2023/66146, and Mariam Mirza under Notice number 2023/66156.

The FIA's relevant director writes in the notice: 'I am directed to convey the approval of the competent authority i.e. Special Secretary, MOI for the issuance of red notices against the accused persons namely Khushbakht Mirza and Mariam Mirza involved in FIR No.156/23, dated 17.05.2023 u/s 420/468/471/385/386/389/500/506 PPC, Police Station Secretariat, District Islamabad.'

The FIA's notice adds: 'It is requested that Secretary General, INTERPOL Secretariat, Lyon, France may please be requested for the issuance of Red Notices against the accused Khushbakht Mirza and Mariam Mirza to arrest them through INTERPOL.'

The red notice for Interpol relates to a criminal complaint Zahoor registered in May this year in Islamabad against the former accountability minister Shehzad Akbar, model Sophia Mirza, her tennis player sister Mariam Mirza and others for registering false and vindictive cases against him in the summer of 2020 - when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) was in power.

The complaint was registered under Sections 420, 468, 471, 385, 386, 389, 500, and 506 of PPC 1860, for cheating, preparation of forged documents, extortion of money, defamation, and criminal intimidation.

As per the story of FIR, inquiry No. 72/20 against Umar Farooq Zahoor and others was initiated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Corporate Crime Circle (CCC) Lahore in May 2020 by treating an application submitted by his ex-wife Khushbakht Mirza as a source report.

It further revealed that the persons nominated in the FIR acted in connivance to extort money from Umar Farooq Zahoor by registering false cases against him at FIA Corporate Crime Circle Lahore.

The FIR application in particular mentions the role of Shehzad Akbar who used the cabinet to run a campaign against Umar Farooq Zahoor.


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