Saman Hasnain

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Saman Hasnain
Saman Hasnain 1.jpg
Mrs. Pakistan World 2008 - Saman Hasnain
Born (1972-11-01) 1 November 1972 (age 44)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Residence Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Occupation Actress, Model, Beauty Queen
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Jawad Hasnain (1995–present)
Children 2

Saman Hasnain (Punjabi, Urdu: سمن حسنین‎), from Lahore, Pakistan, is a former Mrs. Pakistan World 2008 winner.

Mrs. Pakistan World 2008[edit]

Hasnain won the title of Mrs. Pakistan World 2008, making her the 2nd winner to hold this title. Hasnain became a crowd favorite for being the most beautiful Mrs. Pakistan World[1] to achieve this title. Hasnain was also in the limelight for her use of Urdu Literature and poetry.[2]

International pageants[edit]

Mrs. World[edit]

In June 2008 Hasnain competed in the Mrs. World 2008, winning "Mrs Congeniality" and "Best Dressed". This was the second time Pakistan participated in the Mrs. World competition.[3]

Mrs. Globe[edit]

After her success in the Mrs. World competition, Hasnain represented Pakistan in the Mrs. Globe beauty pageant in USA. She was also awarded $15,000 in a "Smile Competition" in Mrs. Globe 2008.[4] In September she won several titles in that competition, including Mrs. Congeniality, Mother and Wife of the Year, Best New Country, Spirit of WIN and the Friendship Award voted by all the contestants.[5] Hasnain went on to open a branch of the Spirit of WIN charity in Pakistan and finished a few short films on the subject of women, children and poverty.[6]

Other[edit]

Hasnain is married and the mother of two boys. She is originally from Lahore, Pakistan[7] In March 2010 she received an award at the pride of performance ceremony By "Safeer-E-Pakistan" GEO TV (a local Pakistani award. Hasnain is working on various charity programs in Pakistan and will be hosting a morning show in Lahore, Pakistan.

In March 2012 Hasnain was charged with 19 felony counts of conspiracy to commit grand theft in what prosecutors alleged was a phony mortgage refinancing scheme. Earlier in the same month Hasnain left the US for Lahore, Pakistan. [8]

Former residents of San Jose in California, Jawad Hasnain and Saman Hasnain, who won the Mrs Pakistan World beauty pageant in 2008, stands accused of conspiring to commit grand theft in their old hometown. The couple had been living in the area for the past ten years.

Parents of two boys, Jawad and Saman hail from Lahore. He is a graduate of Purdue College while she is reportedly an alum of Kinnaird College, Lahore.

Saman, from her pictures, appeared to be a good-looking woman and is described on the Mrs Pakistan website as having “almond shaped eyes, flawless skin and full beautiful lips.”

The prosecutors said that the couple, using her good looks, ran a loan modification scheme where they offered to help people have their loans modified in order to get low interest rates. Advertising through word-of-mouth and flyers in Hispanic stores, prosecutors stated that the couple took money from their victims in amounts ranging from $5000-$27000. “But it was all a scam and the couple stole the money and fled,” the prosecutors added.

“It’s not that she [Saman] was just attractive. She carried herself well; she wore nice clothes,” said Victor Chen, the Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County, in a telephonic interview with The Express Tribune.

“They had a home worth $2 million, they invited potential clients there,” Chen said, adding that people were impressed by their luxurious lifestyle. Chen also said that one of the victims revealed that Saman was “very, very good” at convincing people. “They had a cloak of credibility,” said Chen.

Chen, who said he is not at liberty to discuss what efforts they are making to extradite the couple from Pakistan, added that Saman and Jawad had fooled many people including “Pakistanis, Indians and Persians.”

The couple has been charged on multiple counts with over a dozen victims on the list. But Chen said that there are probably 70 to 100 people who fell prey to their scheme and the estimated amount of money they have stolen could be as high as $400,000-$500,000.

Chen added that Jawad was also arrested in March this year on a separate charge of embezzling $1.2 million from real estate developers but had posted bail. Authorities had also issued an arrest warrant for Saman.

On March 14, a day before Jawad’s court appearance, Chen received an email from him saying that he had to “leave the country” and would not be able to make it to court. Chen filed a motion and the court issued warrants for them on March 16 but by then, the couple and their two sons had left the country.

The couple, Chen said, are believed to be living in Pakistan at the moment.

As per the Mrs Pakistan World website, Saman said that she would like to change the world’s perception of Pakistani women. “I hope to act as a role model, and encourage, educate and motivate Pakistani women to help achieve a strong and progressive Pakistan,” the website stated.

References[edit]

8 http://tribune.com.pk/story/359192/on-the-run-mrs-pakistan-world-accused-of-committing-grand-theft-in-us/

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Misbah Yasin- Iqbal
Mrs. Pakistan World
2008
Succeeded by
Tahmena Bokhari