ISLAMABAD: The missing necklace, donated by the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the flood-hit people of Pakistan in 2010 was finally found, local media reported.
Former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani admitted that it was in his possession.
Local media quoted the former prime minister and former National Database and Registration Authority chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem offering conflicting accounts.
Gilani said Mrs Erdogan is like his sisters as he had close ties with the Erdogan family “The necklace belongs to my sister and is with me”, Gilani added.
Gilani told, when Ms Erdogan visited Pakistan to help flood affected people, she had personally donated 10,000 Turkish liras and some pieces of jewellery, including the necklace given to her by her husband at the time of their wedding. She handed over the necklace to Fauzia Gilani, wife of the then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
The market price was put at around Rs200,000 but since there was only one necklace and eight couples, he decided that each couple should be given Rs200,000.
He confirmed that the necklace had been donated by Mrs Erdogan, but was bought back by the Turkish people so they could give it back to her. He said he also wanted to do the same again.
Gilani said, “The necklace was with me and it is still with me,” adding that it had not been under the possession of NADRA.
Former Prime Minister further disclosed his close ties with the Erdogan family, saying that his son Ali Haider’s honeymoon had also been arranged by the Erdogan family in Istanbul.