With the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) announcing a probe for money-laundering against her, Tiktoker and social media celebrity Hareem Shah has distanced herself from her earlier video claiming to have carried a “heavy amount” of money to the UK without being checked on her way. After the FIA announced its investigation, Shah made a second a video where she said she was merely joking.
In her first video, Hareem Shah was seen with a large stack of cash, lamenting the weak exchange rate of the Pakistani rupee against foreign currency. The Tiktoker expressed her view that neither Pakistani currency nor the country’s passport had any value in the world. She also mentioned the Murree tragedy and opined that despite the cold, people were not dying in the UK. She then went on to claim that she had made the journey without being stopped for the cash, but adding that poorer people were more likely to get into trouble.
After the FIA announced that it was treating this as a confession of money laundering and would be getting in touch with UK authorities, Hareem Shah has backed down on her earlier video, by releasing another one. In the second video, she said that she had never done money-laundering, nor did she have “much information” on it. The Tiktoker added that she had made the first video as a joke.
For support, in this second video, she is joined by a man who claims that the money belonged to his client and that he operated a legal money transfer operation, as opposed to money laundering. The man claimed that he had called Hareem Shah for lunch, and she had then requested to make a video with the cash “for fun.” The man goes on to claim that it was a small amount which was fully documented. Hareem Shah then states that she travels around the world and has not committed a crime in Pakistan or abroad.