ISLAMABAD: Farhat Shahzadi, who is a close friend of former first lady Bushra Bibi and is commonly known as Farah Gogi, expanded her business and registered/incorporated companies in the United Kingdom along with her family during Imran Khan’s premiership.
A recent report by Fakhar Durrani of The News has stated that while Khan was urging overseas Pakistanis to invest in the country, Gogi and her family were engaged in business abroad, establishing new companies in the UK.
As per the report, Farhat Shehzadi established four real estate companies in the United Kingdom between 2019 and 2021, one of which is in her and her husband’s name, while three are in her sister’s name. In total, about 6 companies are established in the UK in the name of Farah’s sister Musrat Khan.
Farah Gogi and her husband Ahsan Iqbal Jameel who have serious allegations of corruption are currently staying abroad. It is worth mentioning that Farah Gogi’s wealth increased enormously during Imran Khan’s government and it is estimated that his wealth has increased 4 times. Gogi, her husband, and 3 other partners acquired a company named Goldstar Euro Limited in the UK on 14 May 2020.
According to The News, sources said that Gogi and her husband acquired this company for money laundering, however, Farah Khan’s husband has rejected these allegations.
Farah Khan’s sister Musrat Khan registered the company on November 9, 2021, in the name of Black Apple Investment for real estate. Looking at the documents available with The News, it is known that this company also does management work on a fee or contract basis. Gogi’s sister registered another company on August 19, 2019, named Al Moeez, which is also a real estate company. Al Moeez also runs under the same name in Pakistan operating the family’s many businesses in the country, including Al Moeez Dairy. FIA says that Farah Shahzadi got a 10.3-acre plot on subsidy for Al Moeez Dairy in Faisalabad.
Another company of Musrat Khan is DMK Enterprises Limited which was registered on 4 July 2019. The company was dissolved in March 2021. Apart from this, Musrat Khan’s other companies are Dayan Enterprises, Maximum MK Trading, D Khans Construction, etc. From the documents with The News, it is known that money is flowing into the accounts of Farah Gogi, Musrat Khan, and Ahsan Iqbal Jameel, but there is no outflow. Farah Khan received PKR 4,190,400 in foreign exchange while her sister received 8 crores 40 lahks in foreign exchange in two years.
Before Imran Khan became the prime minister i.e. till 2017, Farah Khan’s wealth was only 231 million PKR, but in the three years of Imran Khan’s government, this wealth increased to 971 million PKR by 2021. At the same time, Gogi and her husband also benefited from the tax amnesty scheme (Tax Amnesty Scheme 2019) under Imran Khan’s government.
When contacted, Ahsan Iqbal Jameel said that the case registered by FIA is purely on political grounds. Interior Minister, Maryam Nawaz, Atta Tarar, and other government officials have threatened Farhat Shahzadi several times and mentioned red warrants in them. We wanted to set up a hospital in Islamabad but things did not go as planned. There is no property attached to Eurostar, it was just a corporation with zero assets.
When asked why the companies were registered in the UK when the hospital was to be built in Islamabad? Jameel said that I think many doctors from foreign countries had suggested that they would participate in such companies, many names were considered, matters remained only up to the level of planning, and no financial transaction took place. We are tax-paying people, we pay tax on all the property we have and all these are declared properties, there is no evidence of corruption.