Govt releases Toshakhana present data from 2002 onwards – Pakistan
The federal government on Sunday launched the much-awaited data of Toshakhana items obtained by public workplace holders from overseas governments and dignitaries since 2002.
Established in 1974, the Toshakhana is a division underneath the executive management of the Cupboard Division and shops treasured items given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officers by heads of different governments and states and overseas dignitaries.
In keeping with Toshakhana guidelines, items/presents and different such supplies obtained by individuals to whom these guidelines apply shall be reported to the Cupboard Division.
The division has been within the information in current months in mild of proceedings in opposition to former prime minister Imran Khan for “not sharing particulars” of Toshakhana items.
Final month, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had introduced the federal government’s plans to make the entire record public. He had additionally barred the officers from retaining items value greater than $300.
The next are a number of the extra salient findings relating to the items retained from the Toshakhana by political leaders over time:
Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan retained a Rolex watch in October 2018, assessed at Rs1.5 million, after paying Rs294,000 for it. In October 2019, he retained a boxed watch, assessed at Rs1.9m, after paying Rs935,000 for it.
In September 2020, Imran retained yet another Rolex watch, assessed at Rs4.4m, after paying Rs2.4m for it and a number of other gifts. In the same month, his wife Bushra Bibi also kept a necklace (Rs10m), bracelet (Rs2.4m), ring (Rs2.8m) and a pair of earrings (Rs1.85m) after paying Rs9m for them.
It must be mentioned that former prime minister and National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also retained a Graff wristwatch assessed at Rs890,000 in November 2012 after paying a total of Rs218,000 for it and other items.
Asif Ali Zardari
Former president and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari in January 2009 retained a BMW car (Rs57.8m) and Toyota Lexus (Rs50m) after paying a total of Rs16.1m for them and another BMW car (Rs27.3m) after paying Rs4m.
In June 2011, he retained a Corum wristwatch (Rs1.25m) after paying a total of Rs189,219 for it and some other items. Another Cartier wristwatch (Rs1m) followed in October 2011 with a payment of Rs321,000 for it and a gun.
Three-time former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif retained a Mercedes Benz (Rs4.2m) in April 2008 after paying Rs636,888 for it. In November 2913, he retained a Rolex wristwatch (Rs1.18m) after paying a total of Rs243,000 for it and some other items.
He also kept a Piaget wristwatch (Rs1m) in January 2015 after paying Rs240,000 for it and a box of perfumes.
In May 2017, he retained a Rolex wristwatch (Rs4m) after paying Rs808,000 for it.
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