Pakistan: Case filed against Imran Khan and 150 of his supporters in Islamabad, accused of preventing the implementation of the court order

Pakistan Toshakhana Controversy: A case has been registered against former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and 150 workers of his party (PTI) for preventing the implementation of the court order. On March 5, the Islamabad police had arrived to arrest Imran Khan, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. During this there was a lot of uproar. Imran’s supporters stopped the police.

According to media reports, a team of Islamabad Police had arrived at Lahore residence of ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday to arrest him in the Toshakhana case, but outside Khan’s Zaman Park residence in Lahore, the police were confronted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers had to face stiff opposition. Finally the team returned after an assurance that he (Imran Khan) would present himself in the court on March 7.

Race Course police station in-charge registered the case

On the other hand, after leaving there, the police took a different action. ‘The Express Tribune’ According to the newspaper, the police on Monday registered a complaint against Imran Khan and 150 of his party workers on the complaint of Race Course police station in-charge (SHO) Nadeem Tahir.

What is Toshakhana in Pakistan?

Toshakhana means a room where the clothes, ornaments and expensive things like gifts etc. of the king or the rich are kept safely. Government’s storage place in Pakistan has been named Toshakhana, which is also known as State Depository in English. According to the law of Pakistan, gifts received from abroad or from foreign guests are deposited in this Toshakhana. If the Prime Minister wants to keep the gift with him, he will have to pay for it. These gifts can also be auctioned. The money earned from the auction will go to the government treasury only. Overall, the gift received by the Prime Minister is the property of the nation.

How did Imran get caught in the Toshakhana controversy?

Imran received such gifts worth about 14.5 crore rupees during his foreign visits or any kind of official visit while he was the Prime Minister. The gifts were also deposited in the Toshakhana. Alleged that Imran Khan bought the gifts deposited in the Toshakhana cheaply (for Rs 2.15 crore) and then sold them at a higher price in the market and earned more than five crore rupees as profit. According to reports, these gifts also included a Graph watch, a pair of cufflinks, an expensive pen, a ring and four Rolex watches. It is also alleged that Imran changed the government law to carry out this entire work. 

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