ISLAMABAD: accusations of abuse of Toshakhan against former prime minister Imran Khan took unusual twist on On Friday, when Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced that his predecessor had sold expensive gifts received from foreign countries, including watches by Saudi Arabia, in Dubai.
prime minister’s statement was upheld former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, who said in statement that “the sale of one’s own assets (after buying them from Toshahana) is not crime”.
press secretary for Pakistan Muslim League led by Nawaz (PML-N) government Marriyum Aurangzeb and party leader Ahsan Iqbal claimed that Mr. Khan did not just sold wristwatches, but other items also including a necklace, a ring, a gold Kalashnikov assault rifle and a jeep.
Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) avoids sharing details of gifts received by Mr. Khan from foreign heads of condition and deposited with Toshakhana – storage of gifts received head of state from their foreign counterparts. Islamabad’s Supreme Court heard a petition filed by a citizen asking for details. of in gifts received Mr. Khan.
Fawad says nothing wrong if the ex-premier bought gifts, sold as his own assets
Friday during the meeting with senior journalists, Prime Minister Sharif accused the PTI leader and former prime minister Khan of sale gifts received during foreign visits. “I can confirm that Imran Khan sold the state gifts worth 140 million rupees from Toshahana in Dubai,” he said, adding valuable state gifts included diamond jewelry, bracelets and watches.
Legally precious gifts received from foreign dignitaries were to be deposited with Toshakhan.
Earlier, close aides to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, including Dr. Shahbaz Gill, said that former the prime minister sold nothing gifts but deposited them all with Toshakhan. However, Mr Chaudhry said on Friday: These gifts were bought by Imran Khan and (after he owns them) he can sell his assets. So there’s nothing wrong with this,” he said.
Responding to former minister statement, said Ms. Aurangzeb in statement that Imran Khan bought the state gifts such as cufflinks, watches, ring and other valuables for 20 million rupees and sold them for 180 million rupees. “Gilded gun is an also went missing in Toshahan and will be found in Banigal (Mr. Khan’s residence).”
Toshakhana case against Imran Khan is under consideration in Islamabad High Court (IHC) for seven months.
Last year, the high court questioned the government’s previous PTI reluctance to disclose details of in gifts presented to Mr. Khan since August 2018, when he accepted office as prime minister.
Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) previously accepted application of a petitioner over alleged misuse of Toshahan, and instructed the cabinet department to “provide detailed of in gifts received by Imran Khan from foreign heads of states, heads of governments and other foreign dignitaries.” However, the cabinet department instead of providing information challenged the PIC order at the IHC.
“We have details of in gifts received (by Imran Khan) from Toshahana, and we will present them to the highest court when he asks us k,” said Fawad Chaudhry.
Moreover, Prime Minister Sharif called messages of closing of Ehsaas and panahgahs program (shelter homes) is unfounded. ” government will not close Panakhi,” he stressed.
Hosting an iftar dinner for leaders of PML-N and allied parties, he announced that a federal cabinet would be formed soon. He also said he turned down the resume of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority regarding Rs 21 increase in in price of gasoline and 50r. in that of diesel.
Mr Sharif promised government will seek to rid the country of prevailing economic crisis. “We are not want impose an additional burden on in people”, he stressed.
Prime Minister meets FBI chief
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif on Friday asked the Federal Council of Chairman of the Revenue Division (FBR) Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq will present a report on tax revenues. During the meeting, the chairman of the FBI briefed prime minister about current collection of taxes. He also prime minister said of General performance of FBI.
Published in Dawn, April 16, 2022