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Pakistan: No longer a member of the National Assembly, Imran Khan has been disqualified by the Election Commission. News & Features Network

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday disqualified former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Toshkhana case. In August, lawmakers from the ruling coalition government filed a complaint against Khan with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The complaint sought the disqualification of Khan for not disclosing the proceeds from the sale of gifts purchased at a discounted price from Toshkhana (the country’s storehouse).

A four-member bench headed by Pakistan Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja pronounced the verdict against Khan at the ECP Secretariat in Islamabad. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in its decision in the Toshakhana case on Friday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Disqualified premier and former prime minister Imran Khan and ruled that he is no longer a member of the National Assembly.

The ECP said that Imran Khan submitted a false affidavit and was found to be involved in corrupt practices. Pakistan Geo News reported that earlier on September 19, in the hearing of the Toshakhana case, Imran Khan’s lawyer Ali Zafar had admitted that his client had sold at least four gifts received by him during 2018-19. The gifts were sold for Rs 58 million and their receipts were attached to the income tax return filed by my client.

In August, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) filed an affidavit claiming that Khan had paid only for a few items he took home from ‘Toshakhana’, but most of the items he had taken from the state exchequer, without payment. It was done. According to the Geo News report, it was alleged in the affidavit that Khan did not disclose the gifts received by him and concealed the information in his statements.

Gifts received by Pakistan government officials should be reported immediately, so that their value can be assessed. Only after the appraisal has been done can the recipient take the gift, if he/she wishes to keep it, after depositing a specific amount. These gifts are either stored in Toshakhana or can be auctioned and the money earned through this is to be deposited in the national treasury. According to media reports, last month the former Prime Minister of Pakistan sold three expensive watches from the exchequer to a local watch dealer collectively worth over 15 lakh 40 thousand Pakistani rupees (PKR).

The News International newspaper Pakistan reported that Imran Khan allegedly earned lakhs of rupees from these jewel-class watches gifted to him by foreign dignitaries. It has been told in the report that the most expensive watch worth more than 110 crore Pakistani rupees was kept by Imran Khan at 20 percent of its value. At that time his PTI government amended the rules and fixed the gift retention value at 50 percent of its original value. The Pakistan daily, citing documents and sales receipts, said that the PTI chief first sold the watches and then deposited 20 per cent of each in the exchequer. It states that these gifts worth lakhs of rupees were never deposited in Toshakhana.

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