Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) chief Imran Khan for a hearing on August 18 regarding the government treasure-house collection controversy.
According to Geo TV, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) filed a case against Imran claiming that he grabbed several items from the treasure house “free of cost” while he was the PM of the nation.
PDM claims that he paid money only for those items that he took away to his home from the “Toshkhana”.
It was also alleged that Imran never revealed the gifts which he took and hid the information in his statement.
However, gifts taken away by government officials should be reported immediately to assess their worth. After the assessment of its worth, the recipient can take away the gift if he wants to keep it, after paying specific money.
These gifts either remain deposited in the Toshakhana or can be auctioned, and the money acquired through auction is to be deposited into the national treasury.
It is alleged that last month, Imran Khan sold three exclusive watches to a local watch dealer, taken from the government treasure-house, and their worth is said to be 154 million Pakistani rupees.
The former Pakistan PM earned a huge amount of money from these watches as he received these gifts from foreign dignitaries, as reported by the media. Imran Khan’s party PTI chief sold the watches in the market and deposited 20 per cent of the amount in the government treasury.
After the removal of Imran’s government, his successor, Shehbaz Sharif, accused his predecessor of deposing Toshakhana gifts worth Pkr 140 million in Dubai.
He said that the exclusive gifts included diamond jewellery sets, bracelets and wristwatches, which were also sold by Imran Khan.
The matter came into limelight after a petition regarding the details of the Toshakhana had been filed in the Islamabad high court, but at that time, PM Imran Khan said the details would not be publicly exposed amidst the Official Secrets Act, 1923.