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Who is Umar Farooq Zahoor? GTN News

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Umar Farooq is a successful businessman and it can be estimated from the fact that his wealth is in millions of dollars right now.  Photographic archive
Umar Farooq is a successful businessman and it can be estimated from the fact that his wealth is in millions of dollars right now. Photographic archive

Billionaire Dubai businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor is making headlines in Pakistan after it was revealed that he stole former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tosha Khana, the famous watch worn by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, during a transaction in Dubai. Muhammad bin Sulaiman gifted it to Imran. Khan, bought it from Farah Khan for about $2 million.

So who is Umar Farooq Zahoor? How do they fly in private jets and how are they closely related to the top leadership of PTI, PMLN and PPP? How did they build wealth and how did they get caught up in so many controversies, fights and what is the story of their involvement in many big cases in different countries?

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As soon as Umar Farooq appeared on Geo News, everyone started searching for him and published many fake and correct news about him. So who is Umar Farooq Zahoor and what is his reality?

Umar Farooq is a successful businessman and it can be estimated from the fact that his wealth is in millions of dollars right now. He has invested in real estate, IT companies, energy projects, agriculture sector, etc. in Dubai and many other countries. He also works with many members of the royal family in the Middle East and with many heads of state in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and South America.

Omar Farooq is also Liberia’s ambassador general for the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Umar Farooq Zahoor has been in the Pakistani news for years due to his long court battle with his ex-wife, model and actress Sofia Mirza. The couple have two twin daughters who live with Zahoor in an exclusive neighborhood in District 1 of Mohammed Bin Rashid City in Dubai.

Umar Farooq Zahoor’s name appeared in the Pakistani media for the first time in 2021, when all TV channels started reporting on the FIA, which was then under Shehzad Akbar, as the former DG Bashir of the FIA. It was Memon who allowed Zahoor to come to Pakistan. official visit with a member of the royal family. Bashir Memon and Zahoor were linked in the news and Zahoor was called a “fugitive” from the law.

Soon after, pictures surfaced showing Umar Zahoor meeting PTI ministers Faisal Vawda, Umar Ayub, late Naeemul Haque and others. Faisal Vawda said this week that he met Umar Farooq Zahoor on instructions from the office of former prime minister Imran Khan and added that several government figures were also part of the meeting. It later emerged that Zahoor’s name was put on the Exit Control List (ECL) by none other than the PTI government over a dispute with his ex-wife.

Umar Farooq Zahoor was born in Norway to Pakistani parents from Sialkot. Umar Farooq Zahoor did his early education in Norway and then moved to the Middle East about 22 years ago. Umar Farooq Zahoor claims that he knows Shahzad Akbar very well and in March 2019 he introduced Farah Shahzai to him.

Records show that Shahzad Akbar and Umar Zahoor had a heated argument in early June 2020 when the Corporate Circle of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore contacted them after receiving a complaint from concerned citizen Khushbakht Mirza. The investigation began, which he accused. Umar Farooq Zahoor of fraud and money laundering of about 16 billion rupees.

The complaint did not indicate that Khush Bakht Mirza was actually Sofia Mirza. Sofia Mirza urged the FIA ​​to take action against Zahoor in the name of Pakistan and to prevent financial crimes against Pakistan, but did not disclose that he was her ex-husband and that the couple had a legal dispute. I am involved. Shahzad Akbar, who was then the head of the Asset Recovery Unit (ARU) and also controlled the FIA, took Sofia’s complaint to the Cabinet and demanded over Rs 16 billion on Zahoor’s behalf to the FIA. Approved to investigate the alleged fraud.

The FIA ​​also alleged in Mirza’s complaint that Zahoor allegedly committed an $89.2 million bank fraud in Oslo, Norway in 2010, and another $12 million fraud in Bern, Switzerland in 2014. Involved in child trafficking, defrauded 9.37 million Turkish Liras. he has done dubious business worth $510 million in Ghana, owns millions of dollars in black money and hundreds of millions of dollars in Dubai and Pakistan. He owns several houses and properties, including in the exclusive districts of Dubai, Sialkot, Gwadar and Islamabad.

As soon as the federal cabinet approved action against Zahoor, FIA Lahore chief Dr. Rizwan initiated action against Zahoor; His name was included in the Exit Control List (ECL), a non-bailable order in an FIR was obtained from the court without complying with the legal requirements, and his passport and identity card were blacklisted based on the said order of no bond It was done and a red notice was issued by National Crime Bureau Pakistan through Interpol for the arrest of Zahoor.

Umar Farooq Zahoor, the ambassador-at-large of Liberia, initiated legal proceedings against the FIA ​​and the matter went to court where the non-bailable order was overturned. In June 2021, the Lahore High Court ordered the cancellation of the red warrant issued against him. Two weeks ago, Umar Farooq Zahoor’s name was removed from Interpol’s red notice list after the Pakistan government withdrew the case filed against him by the FIA ​​under the PTI government.

Shahzad Akbar denied that he introduced Farah Khan to Umar Farooq Zahoor and repeatedly accused Umar Farooq Zahoor. Umar Farooq Zahoor says he now has the precious watch that Muhammad bin Sulaiman gifted to Imran Khan and later sold to him. They say they have all the documents and evidence to prove their claim.

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