Faryal Talpur’s driver has declared properties in Dubai worth around PKR 650 million, in a revelation that swung the country’s corruption watchdog into action.
Hamid Samoo, Faryal Talpur’s driver, fled the country on 17th March 2017 via flight EY234, from Islamabad International Airport as he came under scanner by the authorities for possessing lavish overseas assets.
To investigate this multi-million saga, Federal Investigation Agency has issued him a couple of notices to inform them of the source of money, or whether there is any link between his properties and his apparent association with PPP’s senior leader Faryal Talpur, sister of Asif Ali Zardari.
Incriminating evidence of connection of Samoo with Mrs Talpur has emerged as his national computerized identity card share his present address with Talpur house i.e.“House No D-75, Kehkshan, Block 5, Clifton Karachi”.
Faryal Talpur’s driver Hamid Samoo has declared multiple properties worth PKR 650 million abroad under amnesty scheme 2018.
These properties included Dubai Hills, Land No.P 162, area 1619 sq meters, Plot No. 184, Hadaeq Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Dubai, Flat No.102 Business Way Executive Tower, Golf Residence Motor City, Flat No. Global Golf Residency-II, Property No. 2/113 with area of 173 sq meters, including some other liquid assets too. He also paid Rs 13 million in taxes/fine to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
In his undisclosed income, Faryal Talpur’s driver further revealed his “undisclosed income/assets” with collective worth of some PKR 52 million.
Faryal Talpur’s driver also discloses his income worth PKR 4.5 million, agricultural land, Survey No. 96 and 363 in Deh Sari Taluka Qasimabad, Hyderabad worth PKR 40 million and PKR 7 million as cash in hand in Pakistan.
“Hamid Samoo s/o Peerano Samoo, r/o District Umer Kot, is personal and faithful driver of MPA Faryal Talpur for 10 years. He spends most of time with ‘Addi’ [Faryal] Talpur, seldom comes home in Umer-Kot on holy occasions,” wrote one of FIA investigators to his senior colleague on Thursday.
There also seems an other incriminating evidence which had associated Faryal Talpur’s driver working relations with Mrs Talpur when he had got his cellular SIM registered with the same Clifton Karachi house address on 27th Dec 2003.
Since then he was constantly in contact with the Talpurs while he has been visited Dubai seven times since 2004. Faryal Talpur’s driver through his lawyer claimed amnesty at FBR headquarters in Islamabad on June 27, 2018.
Dozens of Pakistanis acquired overseas assets through their front men where it is believed that over 7000 plus super rich Pakistanis have bought properties worth an estimated Rs1.1 trillion in the heart of Dubai in the past one-and-a half-decade.
Another similar case of Mrs Talpur is apparently associated with Ghulam Abbas Zardari who gave power of attorney to her in Dubai in 2014.