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Pak designer accused of "copying" Indian jeweller’s works

world Updated: Aug 10, 2009 17:19 IST
Pakistani jewellery designer

A high-profile Pakistani jewellery designer has been accused of stealing the designs of Indian designer Farah Khan, who is Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan’s sister-in-law.

Sara Taseer Shoaib, daughter of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, has been accused of plagiarising the designs of Mumbai-based Khan, who creates jewellery for A-list celebrities, and posting them on Facebook.

“When I visited Facebook, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe how someone could be so stupid to plagiarise designs so openly; especially in today’s world where we live in the age of the internet and accessibility to information is only one click away," Farah told a Pakistani magazine.

“I gathered information about (Shoaib s) shop in Lahore and got her mobile number in Hong Kong, where I called her. I told her that she would be receiving a legal notice from me for plagiarising my work as my designs were copyrighted,” she said.

Farah said Sara got very flustered and insisted on calling her back to make sure it was not a crank call. When Sara called her back, she denied the allegation and said “this was the job of some hackers.” Sara also claimed “there were many people who disliked her as she came from a powerful political family in Pakistan.”

Farah asked Sara to issue a statement to the press saying that the designs were Farah’s. Sara said her father owned a newspaper in Pakistan and that she would speak to the editor and get back on issuing a “common draft”, Farah said.