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Wednesday May 29, 2024

Govt makes Toshakhana gift records public

Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari among others who obtained gifts worth millions

By Ayaz Akbar Yousufzai
March 13, 2023
The gifts include Diamond MasterGraff Tourbillon Minute Repeater with Makkah Map Dial GM2751, Diamond Cufflinks with 2.12ct H IF and 2.11ct I IF Round Diamonds GR46899, Diamond Gents Ring 7.20cts, VVSl Rose Gold Pen Set with Pave Diamonds and Enamel Mecca Map. — Photo by Murtaza Ali Shah
The gifts include Diamond MasterGraff Tourbillon Minute Repeater with Makkah Map Dial GM2751, Diamond Cufflinks with 2.12ct H IF and 2.11ct I IF Round Diamonds GR46899, Diamond Gent's Ring 7.20cts, VVSl Rose Gold Pen Set with Pave Diamonds and Enamel Mecca Map. — Photo by Murtaza Ali Shah

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in Pakistan’s history, the federal government on Sunday made public the record of state officials who obtained Toshakhana gifts since 2002 adhering to the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

The move comes days after the federal government apprised the LHC that the records of the Toshakhana gifts since 2002 were being “declassified” and would be uploaded on the internet after final deliberation.

The high court on January 19 directed the government to submit an affidavit declaring the details of the Toshakhana gifts as "classified".

The 466-page record of the Toshakhana gifts has been uploaded on the website of the Cabinet Division.

As per the details, Khan retained one watch (Graff No.AU750) 18-carat gold and diamond assessed value Rs85 million, a pair of cufflinks (over Rs5.6m), one pen (Rs1.5m) and a ring (Rs8.7m) by depositing just Rs20.17m in Toshakhana.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari also retained various items including one BMW 760 Li (Security version, model No.2008) — assessed value Rs57,828,705 — and one Toyota Lexus LX 470 (Security version) — valued at Rs.50,000,000 by depositing a total of around Rs16.1m.

He also obtained another BMW 760 Li white (Security version) (Model No.2004) — valued at Rs27,339,370 — by depositing Rs4.09m.

In 2016, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, retained one bracelet valued at Rs12.7m, and one necklace and earrings (Rs41.6m) by depositing Rs10.8m.

Moreover, former premiers Nawaz Sharif, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Yousaf Raza Gillani, former finance minister Sartaj Aziz, ex-president Pervez Musharaf, incumbent Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others’ names are included in the list.