ISLAMABAD: The mystery of the missing necklace, donated by the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the flood-hit people of Pakistan in 2010, appeared to be resolving on Friday as former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani admitted that it was in his possession.
However, according to Dawn, the former prime minister and former National Database and Registration Authority chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem are offering conflicting accounts.
Mr Gilani said he had 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.
He said that after the necklace was donated by the Turkish first lady, he expressed a desire to visit a flood-relief camp in Sindh where a couple was getting married. He said he was invited to a camp and to his surprise, was greeted by eight girls waiting to get married.
He said he had the necklace evaluated and the market price was put at around Rs200,000. He said he had taken the necklace there with the intention of gifting it to a bride, but since there was only one necklace and eight couples, he decided that each couple should be given Rs200,000.
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