ISLAMABAD: A necklace donated by Emine Erdogan, the wife of Turkish Prime Minister for the flood affected people of Pakistan in 2010 has gone missing from the warehouse of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), local media reported.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to launch an investigation into the matter.
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.
Interestingly, the necklace was purchased by the then chairman of NADRA, Ali Arshad Hakeem, for Rs1.6 million and the amount was distributed among the eight girls in Dadu who were to get married, reports claimed.
Local media claimed that the NADRA chief later delivered the framed necklace to the PM’s house.
The interior minister said an investigation had been initiated into the reports of leakage of NADRA data and its transfer to some foreign countries through international NGOs.
Around 500 employees of NADRA were suspected to be involved in the scam, Chaudhry Nisar said.
According to the reports, some employees of NADRA termed it as a conspiracy to affect the reputation of an honest director general.
Nisar further said there was a complete ban on foreigners visiting NADRA without permission from the interior ministry.
Local media quoted Nisar saying, “Even ambassadors cannot visit NADRA employees without permission from the ministry”.