Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has admitted that an expensive necklace, donated by the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the flood-hit people of Pakistan in 2010, is in his possession, a report in the local media said on Saturday.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had recently ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the disappearance of the necklace donated for flood-stricken people by Emine Erdogan in 2010. The minister had told reporters earlier this week that the necklace had gone missing from the warehouse of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
According to the report, Gilani said he has 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.” The former PM said that after the necklace was donated by the Turkish first lady, he had planned a visit to a flood-relief camp in Sindh where a couple was getting married. Gilani said that he had intended to gift the necklace, whose market price was estimated at Rs 200,000, to the bride but to his surprise he was greeted by eight girls who were to be married that day. The former PM then decided to keep the necklace with himself and instead gift Rs 200,000 each to the eight couples.