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Friday June 14, 2024

New Toshakhana case against Imran, spouse

A new misuse case of the Toshakhana has surfaced against PTI founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi

By Asim Yasin
May 19, 2024
Pakistans former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi at the Lahore High Court in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP
Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi at the Lahore High Court in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: A new misuse case of the Toshakhana has surfaced against PTI founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi.

The National Accountability Bureau will now investigate PTI founder Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, for the alleged possession and sale of not just one but 10 valuable gifts, including seven precious watches, diamonds and gold jewellery, which is against the law.

The inquiry report reveals that the new case concerns the possession and sale of 10 valuable gifts, including Graff watches, Rolex watches, diamonds and gold sets, which are all part of the case.

The report further states that these gifts were sold without proper documentation and ownership transfer, violating the law.

One valuable set of Graff watches was reportedly sold without proper documentation, with the involvement of a private appraiser, benefiting the buyer. This indicates collusion.

The inquiry report discloses that the Graff watch was priced at Rs100.09 million, of which 20 percent, amounting to Rs20.01 million, was deposited with the government treasury. However, according to regulations, all gifts must be reported and deposited with the Toshakhana and only those worth up to Rs30,000 can be retained free of charge.

The NAB has been authorised to further investigate PTI founder Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi based on this inquiry report.

Additionally, the report reveals that during Imran Khan’s tenure as prime minister from August 2018 to April 2022, he and his wife had received 108 gifts from different heads of state and dignitaries. Out of these, they allegedly retained 58 gifts (consisting of 118 items) with an undervalued assessment of approximately Rs142,123,100, as assessed by the Toshakhana section.

The report also mentions that around 14 gifts worth more than Rs30,000 were retained by the former PM and his wife.