Turkish First Lady’s necklace issue: FIA serves legal notice to former PM Yousuf Gillani

21 Jun, 2015 10:08 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has served legal notice to former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani to return necklace, donated by the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the flood-hit people of Pakistan in 2010.

Yousaf Raza Gillani will have to face legal action in case he doesn’t return the necklace within next 48 hours.

The Turkish first woman was saddened by the devastations of floods in 2010 and donated her expensive necklace. She had asked the government to auction the necklace and use the money for the flood-hit people.

However, the former National Database and Registration Authority chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem offered conflicting statements.

Chairman NADRA Muhammad Ali Arshad Hakeem said that NADRA had decided to purchase the necklace so it could be returned to Turkish first lady.

Yousuf Gillani said that after the necklace was donated by the Turkish first lady, he was visiting a flood-relief camp where a couple was getting married. He said he was invited to a camp and to his surprise, was greeted by eight girls waiting to get married.

He said that he had the necklace evaluated and the market price was put at around Rs 200,000 but since there was only one necklace and eight couples, he decided that each couple should be given Rs 200,000.

Gillani said that he had close ties with the Erdogan family and Mrs Erdogan was like a sister to him. “The necklace belongs to my sister and is with me,” he said.

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