Top 7 biggest politician-celebrity scandals of Pakistan

What took the social media as a storm.

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Regardless of it being a religious regime, Pakistan is no stranger to scandals and gossip. Every now and then, a shocking scandal takes over the country’s media channels, rocking the residents of Pakistan. Often the gossip surrounds the famous politicians and celebrities of Pakistan, whom several people regard as role models.

Today we have compiled a list of the many interesting politician-celebrity scandals Pakistan has witnessed over time. The majority of these scandals did not end up with a concrete conclusion and are spurring debates countrywide still.

1. Inappropriate Sexual Videos Scandal

Federal Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed was accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with TikTok star Hareem Shah. Audios and videos exposing the Minister’s lewd behavior were leaked on social media. The TikTok star also accused the Minister of secretly marrying her friend and buying her a car and house. However, Sheikh Rasheed denied all rumors while in conversation with a media channel.

2. Murder Suspect Scandal

Pakistani social media sensation, Qandeel Baloch, was ruthlessly murdered at her residence in Multan. A month before her murder, Qandeel Baloch was seen hanging out with Mufti Abdul Qavi, member of Pakistan’s moon-sighting committee. Mufti Qavi faced severe criticism for his association with Qandeel Baloch, and a month later, the social media star was found dead. Baloch’s parents blamed Mufti Qavi for persuading them to murder their daughter. However, he maintained that he had nothing to with the celebrity’s death.

3. Nude Magazine Scandal

Veena Malik’s nude photo appeared on the cover of FHM magazine, following which her father, Malik Mohammad Aslam, disowned her. However, the actress and model claimed that her picture was morphed as she did not participate in such a photoshoot. Trusting his daughter’s words, Malik Aslam filed a defamation lawsuit against the magazine. Once the scandal settled down, he made the actress promise never to revisit India.

4. Surrey Mahal Scandal

Benazir Bhutto (late) and Asif Ali Zardari were caught up in a scandal when the couple carried out a series of upgrades to the Rockwood Estate, commonly known as Surrey Mahal. A bomb-proof steel dome, a local pub in the basement, and a highly sophisticated air-conditioning system were installed on the property. However, the politician couple kept denying rumors of owning the property and spending massive amounts of money for its up-gradation until 2004, when they sold the estate.

5. Secret Child Scandal

Imran Khan was once in a relationship with (late heiress) Sita White, daughter of Lord Gordy White and Elizabeth Vasquez. Sita White gave birth to a baby girl, Tyrian, soon after the two broke up. The late heiress filed a paternity suit, claiming that Imran Khan was the father. However, he denied all claims and refused to accept the child.

6. The Panama Papers Scandal

The Panama Papers were 11.5 million leaked documents that were published in 2016. The papers detailed financial and attorney-client information for more than 214,488 offshore entities and majorly targeted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. In a matter of months, the Panama Papers rocked the political careers of the Sharif family. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to prison, and judicial inquiries took the better of the rest of the family members.

7. #MeToo Scandal

Not long ago, the world was caught up in the #MeToo movement under which several women unveiled their harassers. Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi also came forward with the story of her harasser: Ali Zafar. A series of accusations instigated by Meesha Shafi widened in April 2018, and many other women came forward, claiming to have been harassed by the male singer. However, Ali Zafar stood his ground and denied all accusations.

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