‘Incomplete checklist’: PTI calls for disclosure of Toshakhana items retained by navy generals, judges – Pakistan
A day after the federal government made public the details of foreign gifts retained by public workplace holders from 2002 to 2022, the PTI demanded on Monday that particulars of the Toshakhana items acquired by navy generals and judges also needs to be disclosed.
Established in 1974, the Toshakhana is a division below 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 accordance with Toshakhana guidelines, items/presents and different such supplies acquired by individuals to whom these guidelines apply shall be reported to the Cupboard Division.
On Sunday, the main points of Toshakhana have been up to date on the web site of the Cupboard Division. Outstanding personalities who benefited from the items included President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former premier Imran Khan, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, ex-president Asif Ali Zardari, later navy dictator Pervez Musharraf and others.
As per the paperwork, many of the items have been retained by the workplace holders freed from value apart from just a few ones. In return for the items acquired from overseas dignitaries, these public workplace holders, particularly the rulers, gave away items value hundreds of thousands of rupees to the overseas delegates.
In a video assertion shared on PTI’s Twitter in the present day, former data minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that the checklist of Toshkhana items had revealed how the “Sharif and Zardari households looted the Toshakhana”.
“This checklist is one other proof of the best way these households betrayed the folks of Pakistan. Within the final 15 months, these folks levelled a string of accusations towards Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi associated to Toshakhana.
“However the actuality is that if there was anybody who opted for a authorized solution to retain the Toshakhana items, it was Imran Khan,” the PTI chief stated, including that his get together chairman had retained the least variety of items.
He claimed that the Zardari and Sharif households “blatantly misused the regulation” and retained items value hundreds of thousands. “They didn’t even depart a field of pineapples.”
Chaudhry additional stated that the checklist launched by the federal government was “incomplete” because it solely included information from 2002.
“A listing of items retained since earlier than 1988 ought to be launched and together with that, the items of generals and judges ought to be included within the checklist.
“I imagine that the concept of sacred doctrine ought to come to an finish in Pakistan and with politicians, the items of judges and normal also needs to be disclosed,” Chaudhry demanded.
The PTI chief additionally requested the Lahore Excessive Court docket — on whose orders the Toshakhana file was made public — to kind an impartial judicial fee to find out if the funds of the items have been made as per the regulation and whether or not they have been declared.
“Khawaja Asif has retained watches value hundreds of thousands of rupees … has he proven these watches in his tax information? Does the FBR (Federal Bureau of Income) have the file of all these [gifts]?” he requested.
Chaudhry additionally acknowledged that an impartial fee ought to probe the issues of the Toshakhana items.
Many exposed as Toshakhana details surface
The details revealed that Asif Ali Zardari retained one BMW 760 Li white (security version) on Jan 26, 2009. The value of the car was fixed at Rs27.3 million while the former president retained it after paying a little more than Rs4m.
In March 2011, he retained a wristwatch worth Rs1m after paying Rs158,250 for the watch and some other items.
In June 2011, he retained a wristwatch worth Rs1.25m after paying a sum of Rs189,219 for the watch and some other items. In Oct 2011, the PPP leader retained a Cartier wristwatch worth Rs1m after making a payment of Rs321,000 for the watch and a gun.
Meanwhile, PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif was gifted a Mercedes Benz car on April 20, 2008, which was worth Rs4.25m. The former PM retained it after paying Rs0.636m, as per the document. The document did not mention in what capacity Sharif received the vehicle.
On the other hand, Imran Khan received five precious wristwatches, including a Graff watch, worth Rs3.8 million. He retained these gifts in Oct 2018 after paying a sum of Rs0.754m.
In September 2018, he retained a Graff wristwatch worth Rs85m, a pair of cufflinks worth Rs5.6m, a pen worth Rs1.5m, and a ring worth Rs8.75m after paying Rs20m for these items.
Another Rolex watch worth Rs1.5m soon followed and the former prime minister retained it after paying Rs294,000 for the precious item.
In November 2018, Imran Khan retained another Rolex wristwatch worth Rs900,000 after paying a sum of Rs338,600 for the watch and some other items.
In October 2019, he retained a boxed watch, assessed at Rs1.9m, after paying a sum of Rs935,000. In September 2020, Imran Khan retained another Rolex watch, assessed at Rs4.4m, after paying Rs2.4m for the watch and a number of other gifts.
In the same month, his wife Bushra Bibi kept a necklace worth Rs10m, a bracelet worth Rs2.4m, a ring worth Rs2.8m, and a pair of earrings worth Rs1.85m after paying a sum of Rs9m for these gifts.