- The Pakistan government, through the FIA, has issued Interpol Red Notices for former model and actress Sophia Mirza and her sister Mariam Mirza, who are currently residing in London due to legal cases in Pakistan.
- The Interpol Red Notices were approved after a criminal complaint was filed by Umar Farooq Zahoor, involving allegations of false cases and various charges against individuals, including former accountability minister Shehzad Akbar, Sophia Mirza, and Mariam Mirza.
- The FIR reveals a scheme to extort money from Umar Farooq Zahoor through baseless cases.
The Pakistan government, through the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), has issued Interpol red notices for former model and actress Sophia Mirza, also known as Khushbakht Mirza, and her sister Mariam Mirza.
Sophia and Mariam have resided in London for several months following legal cases initiated against them in Pakistan. These cases were brought forward by Umar Farooq Zahoor, a Dubai-based businessman engaged in a custody battle over his two teenage daughters with Sophia Mirza.
The Ministry of Interior has officially issued these Red Notices, with Sophia Mirza’s under Notice number 2023/66146 and Mariam Mirza’s under Notice number 2023/66156.
FIA Director wrote the following in the Interpol Red notices issued,
“I am directed to convey approval of the competent authority i.e. Special Secretary, MOI for the issuance of red notices against the accused persons namely Khushbakht Mirza and Mariam Mirza involved in FIR No.156/23, dated 17.05.2023 u/s 420/468/471/385/386/389/500/506 PPC, Police Station Secretariat, District Islamabad. It is requested that Secretary General, INTERPOL Secretariat, Lyon, France may please be requested for the issuance of Red Notices against the accused Khushbakht Mirza and Mariam Mirza to arrest them through INTERPOL.”
The Interpol Red Notice originates from a criminal complaint lodged by Mr. Zahoor in Islamabad in May of this year. He alleged that former accountability minister Shehzad Akbar, along with model Sophia Mirza, her sister, Mariam Mirza, and others, had falsely accused him during the summer of 2020, during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) tenure.
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The complaint encompassed various charges, including cheating, forging documents, extortion, defamation, and criminal intimidation, as outlined in Sections 420, 468, 471, 385, 386, 389, 500, and 506 of the PPC 1860.
Additionally, it was disclosed that the individuals named in the FIR collaborated in a scheme to unlawfully obtain funds from Umar Farooq Zahoor. They achieved this by initiating baseless cases against him through the FIA Corporate Crime Circle in Lahore.
The FIR also says:
“After the registration of the aforesaid criminal cases, Shehzad Akbar the then Special Adviser to Prime Minister (PM) on Accountability, for illegal monetary gains, fraudulently obtained approval from the Cabinet under Section 188 CrPC 1898 by concealing the fact that the cases have already been closed at Switzerland and Norway.”
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