In an interview with the BBC, he admitted being trapped into a situation of "great temptation," but denied a deal to sell his 9-year-old, saying, "My daughter is not for sale."
According to the BBC, phone calls were made requesting a meeting with Rubina and her father, and the two parties (one a group of undercover reporters) met three times from Thursday to last Saturday.
Qureshi explains: "In the phone calls they said a wealthy Arab couple had been moved to see the plight of Rubina on Al Jazeera TV. The sheik and his wife were very upset to see their plight and decided to help them out. And then we agreed to meet them."
Qureshi met with the sheik's reps (actually, the reporters) twice in Mumbai hotels and once in the family’s hut in the Bandra slums on Saturday. During this last meeting, Qureshi was asked to speak to someone on the phone, who thanked him for letting Rubina be adopted.
He told the BBC: "It was then it occurred to me they were making a deal on my child. I put the phone down and told them we were leaving the hotel."
However, he wasn't horrified enough to leave immediately. He stayed for tea.
Qureshi said of the offer: "We refused, but they kept saying if we accepted the offer the money can be arranged in five minutes."
OK, why meet with people three times if a deal is not being worked out? Can't one just say "No!" right off the bat?
Excuse us while we find and put on our suspicious face.
Photo: The "SM" kids, including Rubina at bottom-row right, at the Oscars. Credit: FilmMagic