How did Imran Khan pay for the Toshakhana gifts?

On Friday, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is the vice president of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), asked former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan why he had bought expensive Toshakhana gifts and asked him to tell her about his other source of income.

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Maryam said that Imran Khan was dishonest because he was able to buy expensive gifts when he had no source of income other than his salary as Prime Minister.

Maryam’s criticism on Imran Khan comes after Shehbaz Sharif, the current prime minister of Pakistan, said on Friday that Imran Khan had sold Toshakhana gifts for PKR 140 million in Dubai.

At an iftar he attended a day earlier in the federal capital, PM Shehbaz reportedly told journalists, “Imran Khan sold these items for Rs140 million in Dubai.”

These statements were given by Shehbaz on Friday at a meeting with leading media held at PM House. According Pakistan ARY News, the PM reportedly added, “I can assure you that Imran Khan removed gifts worth Rs140 million from Toshakhana and sold them in Dubai.”

If Shehbaz’s allegations are accurate, there has been a legal violation because, according to national laws, every present received from foreign dignitaries must be deposited in the Toshakhana or the state repository.

Shehbaz’s admission was made in response to a query on a case filed in the Islamabad High Court demanding information about the Toshakhana, on which the then-prime minister Imran Khan had responded that the information could not be disclosed due to the Official Secrets Act of 1923.

Shahbaz Gill, Special Assistant to the Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan for Political Communication, defended the party by claiming that the presents from international visits were deposited in the state depository. In response, Shahbaz Gill disputed the assertions and referred to them as fake during a discussion on the issue.

Court cases involving this issue are still underway in Pakistan. Regarding gifts they got while on official business, cases are still pending against past prime ministers and a president, including Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, and Yusuf Raza Gilani.

According to the news station, references have been made to former leaders Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, and Yousuf Raza Gillani for allegedly receiving expensive automobiles from the treasury by paying 15% of the actual price.