LAHORE: A case has been registered against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Najma Hameed by Rukhsana Anwar, a British Pakistani, for heading a money laundering group which allegedly gorged up over Rs 40 million from the claimant.
Rukhsana Anwar, a resident of Faisal Town, told Media that she had paid Rs 46 million to purchase 10 plots through Rizwan Hameed, son of the PML-N senator.Rukhsana alleged that Rizwan gave her fake registries and documents for the plots. Upon finding out about the fraud, she contacted Najma, who allegedly threatened her instead of helping her out. “I had to face enormous difficulties in getting a case registered,” Rukhsana said. She said that the police and other authorities had not been able to recover her money as yet. She further said that Rizwan was being protected by his mother.
The complainant further alleged that Najma and her son had been constantly threatening her and that she had to send her children back to Britain out of fear. “Shahbaz Sharif had promised a favourable environment for overseas Pakistanis to invest in their homeland but I have been given no protection,” she said. She appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the chief justice of Pakistan to help her recover her money.When contacted, Senator Najma told Media that she had been working with Nawaz Sharif for the past 37 years and had “never taken any advantage of her position”.
She said her son was holding a senior position at a bank, prayed five times a day and was a top student during his MBA. “Why would he do such a fraud? We have never met Rukhsana,” she said, adding that she had done a background check on Rukhsana and “found out that she had been living in London for the past 12 years where she was involved in currency and car smuggling”. She further said that Rukhsana belonged to Mandi Bahaudin and alleged that she was part of a group of three sisters who had made a living out of blackmailing people. Najma said that the CM had ordered an enquiry into the matter. “I have a clear conscience,” Najma said. “My son and I have done no wrong. I have always worked with honesty and will continue to do so,” she stated. – PT