Car bookings

Farah booked a Rs 70 million Porsche car

ISLAMABAD: While Farhat Shehzadi aka Farah Khan’s expensive Hermès Birkin bag has received a lot of attention amid corruption allegations against the Prime Minister’s wife’s closest friend, his bid for the luxury car Porsche has remained largely out of sight of the public it has booked and made an advance payment of Rs33 million for in 2020. At that time, it was available for around Rs70 million.

Farah, the main confidante of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife, has been at the center of discussions on social media and in political parlors since the dismissal of Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and, in particular, the former chief minister of Punjab. , Abdul Aleem Khan, named her as the real person who ruled the province and brokered deals worth billions of rupees.

Since Monday, her Birkin bag, which is advertised to be priced at around $90,000, has been making headlines. Her picture of holding the bag as she sat in a charter plane is circulating. The handbag made by the French luxury brand Hermès is made to order. It cannot be obtained by visiting a store. The order must be placed months in advance.

Farha’s penchant for luxury items is also evident in her offer to buy a luxury car, Porsche, which she booked through Porsche’s Pakistani dealer and paid part of it (33 million rupees) to advance. This is what she stated in the candidacy papers she submitted for the March 2021 senatorial elections; Farah withdrew from the Senate race.

She was among many plaintiffs against the local Porsche dealer in early 2021 because they were not delivering cars despite having deposited advances. One of them had even moved NAB against the deal. The CEO of Porsche Pakistan then clarified that he was collecting advances on behalf of the parent company, Porsche AG, which was refusing to deliver the cars on time. It is still unclear whether Farah was able to get a Porsche or not.

In the assets she attached to her Senate nomination papers, Farah also mentioned an apartment she owned in the United Arab Emirates, which is likely her current place of residence as she flew there on Sunday evening. In the declaration of assets, the mentioned value of the apartment is Rs16 million. She also owns an agricultural property in the village of Chakri (which is close to the proposed ring road). Apart from this, she declared six properties in DHA Lahore and three in Bahria Town among others.

Farhat and her husband are also linked to a UK-based company, Gold Star Euro Limited, which they apparently bought in May 2020. According to information available on site, Farhat, born in 1979, is a doctor by training. Other directors of the company include Akhtar Ali Bandeshah, Dr Irfan Ahmed Malik and Nazar Murshad. All were appointed on May 14, 2020.

Bandeshah and Murshad are doctors in Pakistan. Dr Irfan, a British citizen, has opened several property-related companies since becoming a director of Gold Star, which was previously owned by British Pakistanis Umar Elahi and Muqeet Furqan Elahi.