All three national parties in the country have used toshakhana rules to their advantage

 Imran Khan was accused of illegally selling state gifts and hiding assets by Pakistan's elections commission, which on Friday barred him from holding public office for five years, according to his spokesman and officials. The action is likely to worsen the nation's ongoing political unrest.

 According to a copy of the commission's decision, the ECP claims Khan was found to have "made false statements" and to have engaged in "corrupt practices."

 Imran and his wife kept 52 free gifts worth Rs 800,000 "without paying a single penny," according to the official documents made available by APP. (The Express Tribune, 2022)

 The 112 valuables worth Rs142.02 million that were given as gifts by various nations to the former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were all kept by the couple, either for free or for a bargain price of Rs38 million.

 Khan allegedly concealed from tax authorities the profits he received from those sales, according to ECP.

 Khan's attorneys have refuted the accusations against him, claiming that he "bought back" the gifts from the government and later sold some of them on the open market.


They asserted, "This decision cannot stand up in any court and will be overturned immediately."

 "The former PM said the gifts were his to do with as he pleased." He should be reminded that he received the gifts as the country's prime minister, an honor bestowed on him by the people, and that the money from selling them should have been used for public welfare. Even today, he can donate the sale's proceeds to flood victims.

 All three national parties in the country have used toshakhana rules to their advantage, and one hopes that in the future any gift sale must be open to the public and the money received must be used for public welfare or debt retirement.

 Toshakhana is a division within the Cabinet Division that keeps track of the priceless gifts given to rulers, lawmakers, and officials as tokens of goodwill by leaders of other governments, states, and foreign dignitaries. During a state visit, gifts are frequently given and received between heads of state or other constitutional officers. These gifts continue to be the property of the state unless they are sold at an open auction, in accordance with the gift depository (Toshakhana) regulations. According to regulations, officials are free to keep gifts with a market value of less than Rs 10,000, according to The Express Tribune newspaper.

 Khan's attorneys have refuted the accusations against him, claiming that he "bought back" the gifts from the government and later sold some of them on the open market.

 They asserted, "This decision cannot stand up in any court and will be overturned immediately."

 "The evidence presented against Imran Khan cannot establish that he is unreliable or dishonest.

Khan has suffered a string of setbacks since being abruptly ousted from office in a vote of no confidence in April, and the commission's decision is the most recent.

 "The military has directly ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 75 years." (NBC News, n.d.) 

 

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  1. Arshad Sharif killed for exposing the establishment and corrupt leaders in Pakistan.

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