“I have committed a mistake"
Pakistani TikToker Hareem Shah has issued an apology in relation to a money laundering case.
The influencer became embroiled in controversy after a viral video showed her flaunting thousands of pounds while claiming that she easily managed to take a hefty amount out of Pakistan.
This resulted in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) launching a money laundering investigation against her.
On October 6, 2022, a hearing was held in the High Court.
Hareem appeared with her lawyer and it was said that the TikToker wanted to surrender before the FIA. The petitioner’s counsel also said that the FIA should not arrest Hareem.
Regretting her mistake, Hareem 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.”
Hareem went on to say that she made the video just to annoy an FIA official, however, she did not reveal the official’s name.
In regard to Hareem Shah’s arrest by federal investigators, the Sindh High Court approved protective bail for her for seven days.
In January 2022, Hareem had posted a video with thousands of pounds, claiming that she had taken it from Pakistan to the UK.
She also claimed that it was her first time taking such a hefty amount.
In the video, 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.”
She also criticised the depreciation of the Pakistani rupee, Hareem even said that people feel “sad” when they get rupees converted into euros or dollars.
She said: “The government had promised to increase the [value] of the currency, increase the [value] of the [Pakistani] passport, but they didn’t do anything. They could only talk.”
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.
Hareem Shah later retracted her statement, denying that she took a large sum of cash to the UK.
She said: “I have not carried any money abroad. I just made a video to say so.”