"I’m a huge fan of his and he is like a father to me."
In the ever-evolving landscape of social media and digital influencers, few figures have garnered as much attention, fascination, and controversy as Hareem Shah.
With a penchant for pushing boundaries and making headlines, Hareem Shah has become a household name in Pakistan and beyond.
Her journey from obscurity to notoriety has been marked by a series of headline-grabbing incidents and scandals that have left both her supporters and critics in a perpetual state of intrigue.
We delve into seven pivotal moments when Hareem Shah found herself entangled in controversy.
We shed light on the multifaceted persona that has made her an enigmatic and polarising presence in the world of social media.
Visiting the Foreign Office
Hareem Shah first garnered controversy when she posted a video of herself inside a conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
After the video went viral, an inquiry was initiated to find out who allowed her into the MoFA building.
Hareem later broke her silence on the matter, revealing it was a “high-ranking government official” who let her in.
In a video message, she said: “I was passing by the Foreign Office when I got to know that the foreign minister is there.
“I’m a huge fan of his and he is like a father to me.
“I wanted to meet him but unfortunately he wasn’t there hence I took some pictures and made a video in the waiting area which went viral.”
Hareem also urged people not to make false assumptions about her.
She added: “Please stop saying things that may prove difficult for my mother or sister if they have to go out tomorrow for any work.”
Sex Chat with Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad
In 2020, former Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour with Hareem Shah.
In a video, a woman, whose face could not be seen, revealed how Sheikh Rasheed would get naked and perform inappropriate acts on video calls. She said:
“You used to get naked and show me. You did inappropriate things on camera.”
But the man who was allegedly Rasheed cut the phone call.
After the release of the video, Hareem said she received numerous death threats.
Hareem also confirmed the authenticity of the video and said she did not release the footage, rather her friend did.
Hareem later revealed that she met Rasheed in 2015 at an event and upon meeting him, she told him that she was an “admirer”.
Afterwards, Rasheed gave Hareem his phone number.
Hareem claimed the minister asked her to give him a “missed call”, adding that Rasheed invited her to his house.
Money Laundering Accusations
Hareem Shah came under fire after she posted a video of herself posing with a large sum of cash. She claimed she travelled from Pakistan to the UK with it.
In the video, she explained that it was the first time that she had carried a hefty amount of money to the UK.
Hareem said: “I was bringing a large amount from Pakistan to the UK for the first time.
“When bringing the amount, one must be careful because you might land yourself in trouble.
“No one stopped me because no one can. I easily took the large sum out of the country.”
Hareem went on to say that she was able to take the cash out of the country as the laws only apply to the poor.
The video went viral and it led to the FIA stating that a money laundering probe had been launched against her.
At a High Court hearing, Hareem regretted her actions and issued an apology.
She said: “I have committed a mistake by making a video in which I claimed to take a hefty amount out of Pakistan without getting noticed by airport authorities.”
Slapping a Cleric?
Hareem Shah was reportedly seen on video slapping controversial cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi after he allegedly said something “vulgar” to her.
In the video, Qavi is seen sitting on a bed on his phone.
Meanwhile, a woman in red approaches him and slaps him across the face.
It was believed that Hareem slapped the cleric after becoming annoyed by inappropriate comments made by Qavi to her and her friend.
She said: “He spoke salaciously and we have recorded the whole conversation.
“I have no regrets. If men like him are punished, there will not be rapes in Pakistan.”
Despite the accusations, Qavi denied them, saying he and Hareem had been invited to film a TV programme in Karachi when the incident happened.
Domestic Abuse is not gender based, and is a crime even if it is by wife or a girl friend!
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Hareem later said it was actually her cousin who slapped Qavi while she filmed the video.
Hareem stated that Qavi should have been “sensible”.
She added: “When Mufti Qavi physically harassed me, he hit me with shoes.”
Accusing Friend of Attempted Murder
In March 2021, Hareem Shah filed a case against her friend Ayesha Naz, accusing her of physically assaulting her and attempting to kill her.
According to the FIR, the incident took place in Karachi while Hareem was on a professional trip.
Hareem reportedly said that she was in Karachi, filming a drama when Ayesha and her accomplice Bahadur Sher entered her hotel room and kidnapped her.
The pair then allegedly tortured her at Bahadur’s apartment.
She also claimed that she received threatening phone calls prior to the incident.
According to the complaint, the pair allegedly attempted to murder Hareem Shah due to personal reasons.
Despite the reports, the TikToker did not say anything about the alleged case.
In a video message, Hareem said she was busy filming a drama and that she was doing completely fine, making it unclear whether an attempt on her life took place or not.
Nude Video Leaks
In March 2023, several private videos purportedly of Hareem Shah were shared on social media.
One video showed a woman in the bathroom while another showed the same woman brushing her teeth naked while in the shower.
A third video featured the woman seemingly about to get intimate with a man as she is seen engaging in a lewd act.
As the videos circulated online, many netizens believed it was Hareem Shah.
Hareem later broke her silence on the matter, confirming that the videos were of her.
She also claimed that the videos were leaked by her former friends Sandal Khattak and Ayesha Naz, who threatened her several times before releasing the videos.
Although Sandal denied the accusations, the case was heard in court where Sandal admitted to filming them but insisted that she did not leak them.
Leaking Rana Sanaullah’s ‘Explicit Video’
In June 2023, an explicit video purportedly of PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah was leaked, with screenshots showing an elderly man lying on a bed.
The majority of the picture was covered by an emoji but many netizens could see another person on top of the man.
The video circulated shortly after Hareem Shah claimed that a private video of the politician was online.
She tweeted: “A clip of Rana Sanaullah is out.”
Although the clip was not shared on Hareem’s social media account, she deleted her threatening tweets towards the politician after the video circulated.
Social media users believed Hareem Shah was responsible for the leak because she previously threatened the politician over the internet outage in Pakistan on May 11, 2023.
On X, Hareem blamed Sanaullah for the outage and threatened to “reveal his videos”.
In the now-deleted tweet, she wrote:
“I hold Rana Sanaullah responsible for this internet outage, and he will have to pay the price for it.
“If he doesn’t take responsibility, I will reveal his videos to the world.”
Although it is not known who leaked the video, the prior threats by Hareem Shah led social media users to believe that she was to blame.
Hareem Shah’s journey through the whirlwind of controversy is a testament to the power and perils of social media fame in the 21st century.
These seven notable controversies serve as snapshots of a career that has defied convention, challenged norms and blurred the lines between public and private life.
While her actions have often ignited heated debates and divided opinions, one cannot deny the intrigue she holds over a captivated audience.
In a digital age where fame can be achieved and lost in an instant, Hareem Shah’s ability to continually captivate attention stands as a testament to her social media prowess.
As she continues to navigate the unpredictable terrain of online notoriety, it remains to be seen what new controversies and chapters her evolving narrative will unveil.
Whether celebrated or critiqued, Hareem Shah’s impact on the digital landscape is undeniable, offering us a fascinating case study of the complexities and consequences of seeking fame in a world where the line between notoriety and celebrity is often blurred.