In a significant turn of events, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been arrested after being declared guilty in the Toshakhana case.
The Toshakhana controversy emerged in August 2022 when the PML-N led government filed a case against Imran Khan. The allegations were related to the non-disclosure of information about gifts received at the Toshakhana and the proceeds from the “illegal” sale of these gifts.
Toshakhana: A Brief Overview
Established in 1974, the Toshakhana is a department under the Cabinet Division in Pakistan. Its primary function is to store gifts and expensive items received by public officials. The rules mandate that officials report all gifts received, and these reports are to be submitted to the Cabinet Division.
Imran Khan’s Resistance
After coming to power in 2018, Imran Khan resisted disclosing the details of the gifts he had received. He cited concerns about potential impacts on international relations as the reason behind his resistance. However, he admitted to selling at least four gifts after writing a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He claimed to have bought these gifts by paying a percentage of their value and included various luxury items.
Court’s Findings and Sentencing
The court found Imran Khan guilty of submitting fake details to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and engaging in corrupt practices related to the Toshakhana case. He has been sentenced under Section 174 of Pakistan’s Election Act, which carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Pakistani rupees. copyright©iasexpress.net
Significance of the Conviction
Imran Khan’s conviction in the Toshakhana case holds significant implications for his political career. The conviction puts an end to his chances of participating in the upcoming national elections, scheduled for November. This could have far-reaching consequences for the political landscape in Pakistan.