ISLAMABAD, June 17: Political sparring in the parliament is timeless but a PPP MNA chose a real watch to pour scorn on the national budget presented by the newly-elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“What else one can expect from a party whose leaders are fond of wearing such expensive personal items,” MNA Shazia Marri said in the National Assembly on Monday, ridiculing the budget and alluding to a $4.6 million watch worn by an unnamed PML-N leader.

She said the budget was not pro-people and had been prepared for the rich.

Her disclosure of the expensive wristwatch astonished everyone in the house, including the Speaker.

In her budget speech, she also compared PPP’s what she claimed pro-poor budgets over the last five years to that of the PML-N government.

Deploring the federal budget, Ms Marri said it seemed to have been prepared only to cater to the needs of the rich industrialists of the country.

In a state of disbelief, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq interjected, seeking a clarification from Ms Marri if she had mentioned the price of the watch in rupees or American dollars. In response, Ms Marri said she had done research on the price tag of the watch which cost 4.6 million dollars.

“Then the owner of the watch must have got it adequately insured,” commented the speaker.

It was not only the speaker, Ms Marri’s colleagues sitting across the aisle and mediapersons in the press gallery also got surprised with the claim. A colleague sitting in the press gallery immediately calculated the price in Pakistan rupees and put the figure at Rs455 million. If it’s true, it makes a huge story, said a senior journalist.

“This is unbelievable. How come one can wear such a costly watch,” said a PML-N MNA when he asked about the claim made by Ms Marri.

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Saifullah
June 18, 2013 1:46 pm

Hard to believe, but if true then its the 6th most expensive watch in the world!

farhan
June 18, 2013 1:52 pm

Surely it was just a gift from yet another party worker. After all Nawaz sharif and others cant afford such expensive items based on their declared incomes...or can they?

Saifullah
June 18, 2013 2:46 pm

Hard to believe, but if true this makes it the 6th most expensive watch in the world!

S. A. M.
June 18, 2013 3:37 pm

im no fan of pml n but before making the statement pls also comment on what u did in your party's 5 year tenure. I think wearing an expensive watch is less noticeable than the engagement party of one of your colleague at Mohatta Palace. The party kept all the police engaged for its safety whilst Abbas Town was on fire. You all don't care about the common man. let pml n enjoy now its their turn! ur turn will also come!

Nargis Khurram
June 18, 2013 3:37 pm

The MNA in question is none other than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The picture of him wearing the said watch has been circulating the social media networks for a week now. I would really like a clarification on this.

QuaziModo
June 18, 2013 3:37 pm

Would request our Honorable PM to change his wrist-watch before it gets noticed.

Moeen H
June 18, 2013 3:36 pm

I don't see any difference in wearing a million dollar watch and stashing millions of dollars in open/secret accounts in foreign banks, as long as the money is legit, intentions are good and laws are not broken. There is nothing wrong if a person, public rep or not, can afford to buy expensive stuff, cars, properties. Yes, if politicians, military men, businessmen, bureaucrats and civilians amass millions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth, they MUST face the law!

Tam
June 18, 2013 4:27 pm

She's probably out by a factor of 10 at least. Shows how inadequate our politicians are when it comes down to simple arithmetic.

Nasir K
June 18, 2013 4:30 pm

$4.6 million watch ? Never heard of it. Is she forgetting the Giorgi Armani suits ex PPP prim minister Syed Gilani wore when he was holding the office.

Hina Farooqui
June 18, 2013 4:33 pm

Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani used to wear such expensive writst watch and cloths and shoes. Would like to comment???????

Naila
June 18, 2013 4:38 pm

Is she sure? Maybe it's a fake .. Chinese are excellent at making replicas!

AhoySailor
June 18, 2013 5:03 pm

Would be interesting to hear who was wearing the watch in question...

M. Umar
June 18, 2013 5:25 pm

I think MNA marri is refering to Louis Moinet's “Meteoris” Watch which costs 4.5 million dollars. and yes, it comes in different strap color(no pun intended).

Khawar T khyam
June 18, 2013 5:48 pm

Bravo, keep it up girl. Expose every darn crooked Pakistani politicians.

TKhan
June 18, 2013 6:01 pm

"Mr. Officer! The robbers have just token my Swiss watch!" -"Why you didn’t cry and call the police?" -"Am I crazy? I kept my mouth shut. I have golden tooth!"

Imran
June 18, 2013 6:33 pm

Did some research. It is actually true... Louis Moinet watches made from meteors that fell on earth and cost 46 crores ($4.5M USD). Completely outrageous.

????
June 18, 2013 6:45 pm

Look who is talking. You all are same. ..Dakus.

asgher
June 18, 2013 6:58 pm

hahahahaha

Margalla hills mai zardari k horse stable ki value bhi batao, Sarey Palace kis nay khareeda ye bhi batao, IMF ka sara aid ka paisa kaha gaya ye batao?

Truth is that pakistan is being consumed by these handful people and foreign countries take benefits from the greedy leaders

for example Turkey Kaya Bay and rental project for example Shamsi base being rented out to US for example Chinese train engines sold to Pakistan for example KESC privatized to SIEMENS, Germany

Somebody got very rich for making these bad deals.

Khan
June 18, 2013 7:19 pm

Nawaz sharif was wearing the watch and yes the price is $4.5 million as its made from materials collected from meteroirs that crashed in earth. Watch name is Louis Moinet (Meteoris) google it and one can ind it.

H L
June 18, 2013 7:48 pm

Cheap publicity for Ms Marri.

pro bono publico
June 18, 2013 8:08 pm

Marri's photo indicates that she is young but seems to be forgetful about things like the $60 million hidden abroad by her party's godfather, Zardari; and oh, the $50 million Bilawal house in Lahore -- of course a gift.

Rukhsana Farooqui
June 18, 2013 8:49 pm

Aoa if this is true then Pakistani,s should die with shame.may Allah remove the curse of bad leadership from Pakistan.ameen.

babar
June 18, 2013 8:55 pm

Nawaz Sharif is wearing that watch and PML(N) response will be that it's a gift from Saudi rulers.

Ali
June 18, 2013 9:14 pm

The watch must be a Moinet. To make this one of a kind watches he teamed up with Meteorite hunter Luc Labenne and they used pieces from the moon, a Mars meteorite and an asteroid. one of a kind. If someone wants to wear such a watch it is their decision! It is good to know that the politicans are doing well financially.
Shazia Marri should concentrate on more important matters then wasting expensive time (excuse the pun)!!!

ahmed a
June 18, 2013 9:15 pm

Nawaz Sharif was wearing the watch on his first day in the parliament. It is the monet Meteoris.

Khalid Butt
June 18, 2013 11:06 pm

What is the price tag of London apartment Zardari has? Zardaris grand father also had a chatue in France and what about the palace in Dubai? NS is business man and can afford many things which a politician like zardari can not afford.

Mohammad
June 18, 2013 11:27 pm

They are taking a Turns...so next turn will be PPP again and then PML-X they dont care about people.. Asif Khwaja...mean khoja...look what did he do and his father both of them shame for the country..

Salman Khan
June 18, 2013 11:28 pm

@Saifullah: And which one is the 5th??

Azher
June 18, 2013 11:29 pm

@Moeen H: Law itself is corrupt just like every other institution in the land of the pure!

Priyanka
June 18, 2013 11:36 pm

The lip uplift job can be quite expensive these days - madame.

ATIQ
June 18, 2013 11:48 pm

“What else one can expect from a party whose minister are fond of having such expensive personal items, i.e. shoulder bag of $1.5M by their foreign minister" To be ashamed of one's own deeds before speaking.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
June 19, 2013 12:31 am

They are not different. When Zardari can keep 6 00million Dollars in Swiss Bank why can't PMLN and its leaders wear a watch worth millions of Dollars and Nawaz Shareef wear a Sherwani worth RS.1'500'000. Shame on Pakistan leaders and Awam who elect such leaders to power.

raja
June 19, 2013 4:01 am

@farhan: Nawaz sharif has an income of 800 million dollar and is one of the richest in Pakistan. Half of the money is from corruption as britisch government declared and thw other half is because of is mills ittefaq group of industries. To answer u r question yes he can affors easily watches like that but is it good to wear cause u r a leader of a country who is in crisis and u can't ask people to be patient on lshedding and increase in salary if u r wearing such watches.

AmirDewani
June 19, 2013 4:58 am

The lady parliamentarian must have the moral courage to name the person, or else nobody would believe her. The PM must be knowing who is the super lord wearing such a costly watch. Mr. Nawaz, the PM , must seek the official receipt and details of the tax paid through the custom officials. But, if it is true, and if the man belongs to his party, your PM will never probe into the matter.

Nusrum
June 19, 2013 5:06 am

Does ms Marri watch watches in Assembly or does her job? How does she know about the cost? Did she forget the palaces own by PPP top leadership and their bank accounts? Wearing something is a personal matter and she should talk about those expensive watches if they were bought by public money .

Nusrum Iqbal

AmirDewani
June 19, 2013 5:06 am

The lady parliamentarian must have the moral courage to name the man wearing such a costly watch. Otherwise, nobody would believe her. The PM must order the concerned tax authorities to report about the tax payment. But this is asking too much in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This highly reputed newspaper must do some investigative reporting on this matter without favor or fear.

syed yahya
June 19, 2013 6:09 am

what is the name of the watch? Who wears it?

Waqas
June 19, 2013 6:29 am

You guys didn't find it yet, i guess! Its Nawaz Sharif wear it on the first day he was in NA.

John
June 19, 2013 6:47 am

@Naila: Fake watch for fake leaders??

Nawaz
June 19, 2013 6:51 am

@AhoySailor: Nawaz Sharif, who else.

Muhammad Farooq
June 19, 2013 7:12 am

It is not just the pricey watch, look at the pricey vehicles they use for transport, look at their palatial houses, look at their bank balance, look at the money they spend on the weddings of their sons and daughters, look at the cost of foreign trips that they incur regularly, look at their huge estates inside and outside Pakistan and you will realize that these are the true servants of awaam.

John
June 19, 2013 7:14 am

@Nargis Khurram: At last I know now where my money in Foreign exchange account for "Qarz Utaro Mulk Sanwaro" has gone. After five years he will be wearing $200 million watch. He has just re-assembled his Kashkol (Begging Bowl) for $5 billion from IMF.

tejay
June 19, 2013 8:43 am

Wow. I'm surprised Ms Marri is concerned when she too belong's to the same feudal landlord family who have no concerns for the poor. It's the pot calling the frying pan black.

havi
June 19, 2013 8:57 am

If few of handful Pakistani politicians just donate their personal assets to Pakistan if would float in financial world. Today's newspaper is indicative of some all ready so that would give me courage to expose right from news of the day- President Zardari billions of dollars corruption charges just barring its Swiss Judicial limitation, Former Syed Yussuf Gilani wore suits, ties shoes and watches,in his last trip to London with his 80 ministers and advisors and family members at Pak government expensives prime minister Sheriff also wearing expense watches and one of the biggest of Saudi owned by Nawaz Sheriff. Most of expensive car is driven on street of Dubai is son of our finance minister Dar on and on

Sikander
June 19, 2013 8:59 am

The news of the expensive wrist watch worn by Nawaz Sharif PM of Pakistan spread like a fire. It is Swiss made "Louis Mointe's", which costs USD4.9 million.

Tahir
June 19, 2013 10:33 am

the unnamed MNA over here is our BELOVED king, who stays is his mother home, his excellency Mr. Nawaz Sharif, saw a pic of him wearing this watch on FB, dont know abt the credibility of the pic

Nabeel
June 19, 2013 10:44 am

Interesting, as a woman she should have noticed the Hermes Birkin bag carried by someone in the previous Govt. but seems like she has an eye for the watch instead.

Aateef
June 19, 2013 10:47 am

@Hina Farooqui: Yes, they can just shout at others and will never look at them selves that what they have been dong in their tenure.....

Hasan Hasni
June 19, 2013 10:48 am

@S. A. M. : Watch was not bought by ill-gotten wealth and paid tax properly than no problem. If I remember correctly $50 paid few years ago and probably $2000 last year Watch was not bought by ill-gotten wealth and paid tax. If I remember correctly $50 paid few years ago and probably $2000 last year. Is the watch declared during submission of nomination papers? Pakistan Zindabad

aslam minhas
June 19, 2013 11:03 am

Not that I endorse someone, especially a public leader wearing costly jewellery but get her to have her leaders examined; decked in Armani suits, guicci shoes and designer watches and ties! Lady forgot all that and the five years of blackness they imposed on the country. Morally they have lost the right to be heard at least for the next five years,

Sahar Khan
June 19, 2013 12:08 pm

@Hina Farooqui: As if, Yousuf Raza Gikllani doing that would justify the act by PML(N)..... :/

umar
June 19, 2013 12:44 pm

Benazir also used to wear million dollars diamond sets and glasses. All are same including Shazia Marri.

Hamana Gull
June 19, 2013 1:21 pm

As if the PPP legislators are moving around in moderately priced items. The point is that focus should be development and education however to date no government has done it in the center.

muzammil ullah khan
June 19, 2013 1:20 pm

This time I believe in a PPP person . We have lots of " Shodas " sitting in the parliament curtsey the Election Commission who let the "Thugs" and "Thieves " take part in the elections and as they are extremely rich due to the ill gotten money they simply bought the election to the NA . I bet this man with a 4.5 million dollar watch must not be paying any taxes .

muzammil ullah khan
June 19, 2013 1:21 pm

@Nargis Khurram: Interesting !

Kaleem
June 19, 2013 2:32 pm

Nawaz Sherif was wearing this watch while taking oath.

r.s.soni
June 19, 2013 3:49 pm

sir, i have point against you. why have not you made it a head line?. second, you should have mentioned his name.. in previos avtars , nwaz sharif used to wear very costly clothes. he was ticked off that you are prime minister of a poor country. but he disregarded their advise. see his face. face speaks every thing

khalid
June 19, 2013 3:48 pm

she is out of her mind. today's PPP is not of Bhutto family so you can expect anything from these cheap people. she should first ask Zardari how he got all the wealth he have presently. what business he is running.

Ghalib Khan
June 19, 2013 3:50 pm

Can I wear it for a day or even an hour or so pleaseee , at least a tiny bit of that is contributed by my hard earned money, so who is next in line.

Razzaq
June 19, 2013 4:49 pm

Could Shazia Mari please confirm if her party leaders and members are any different to the accused PML (N) as far as the finances and wealthy back ground are concerned? It is a well known fact that a vast majority of those are waderas in reality and in their attitude otherwise they would not be able to be sitting in so called democratic parliament.

SHANZAY
June 19, 2013 6:23 pm

@AhoySailor: NS

sda
June 19, 2013 6:26 pm

@Hina Farooqui: hellll to PML-N and PPP

M.A.S
June 21, 2013 12:46 am

This must be Nawaz sharif who is fond of watches. I remember one of uncle's stating that he was presenting a strategy on highways and mian saab was just concentrating on the Italian wrist watch he was wearing.

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