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Pakistan

Government should make Toshakhana records from 1990 to 2001 public: LHC

  • Lahore High Court judge says no Toshakhana gifts can be retained without making necessary payment
Published March 22, 2023

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the government to make public the record of Toshakhana gifts received by Pakistani officials between 1990 and 2001.

The order was issued by Justice Asim Hafeez while he conducted a hearing on the petition filed by Munir Ahmed, urging the government to make public the complete details of Toshakhana gifts since 1947.

Lahore High Court seeks Toshakhana records from 1947 onward

“Any gifts received by the country from friendly nations should also be made public and nothing should be kept hidden,” said Judge Hafeez.

He emphasised that no one could retain any gift without making the necessary payment, adding that complete transparency should be maintained.

While hearing the petition, the judge called for presenting the records “in whatever form they are.”

“The court will pronounce the verdict after having a full review [of the Toshakhana records]. We will also see who were these gifts given by,” he said.

He also called for reviewing why the gifts were given.

Here is the Toshakhana gifts’ record since 2002

The petition requested transparency of Toshakhana gifts received by political rulers and bureaucrats from foreign dignitaries since 1947 and demanded making all records public.

On March 13, the LHC had ordered the federal government to submit Toshakhana records from 1947 onward.

A day before that the federal government had made public the record of Toshakhana from 2002 to 2023 with details of foreign gifts received by various former presidents, prime ministers, ministers and other important personalities over the past 21 years.

2002 to 2023: Govt makes Toshakhana record public

The 466-page Toshakhana record was uploaded on the Cabinet Division website with details of foreign gifts received over the last 21 years. The record was released on the instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The names of former presidents, former prime ministers, ministers and government officials are among the recipients of the foreign gifts in the Toshakhana record.

Imran Khan’s Toshakhana case

Last year, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana disqualification reference.

Toshakhana case: Court suspends Imran Khan’s non-bailable arrest warrant

As per the verdict, criminal proceedings would be initiated against Imran for misdeclaration of gifts he received during his tenure as prime minister.

Earlier in March 2023, a district and sessions court in Islamabad issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against PTI chairman in a hearing of the case for not appearing in court. Later, the Islamabad High Court suspended the arrest warrant.

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Khawar Mar 22, 2023 02:25pm
Pakistan is importing alot of goods which are already manufactured here and the practice of improper valuation. These things must be managed
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Aurangzeb Bhatti Mar 22, 2023 02:26pm
This article has good facts on the situation but is totally wrong in suggesting that Imran Khan is to blame. The blame squarely lies on PDM and it's abetters like the business recorder. Stop accepting PDM or PMNL. As legitimate. They are thugs and crooks and Imran Khan is absolutely on track about Not wanting to sit with them.
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Asad Mar 22, 2023 02:42pm
Praying to Allah for peace in the country. After a long while we heard a good news that court is serious to exposes the loot during 1990s by the current regime.
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Truthisbitter813 Mar 22, 2023 02:43pm
@Aurangzeb Bhatti, Earning your KP/GB payrolled cheddar I see! Good on you bhai.
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Shahid Khan Mar 22, 2023 02:43pm
Seems like court would prove IK right again. Thanks courts
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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 22, 2023 03:00pm
Why not from 1970? Because in 1971 Indra Gandhi gifted Bhutto a big scissors (to symbolize that he should cut off his manhood for the humiliating defeat) and a pair of ladies knickers. Some people say that Bhutto even ursuped those!
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Shiteistan Mar 22, 2023 03:05pm
So what if the details are released. It will not affect the corrupt at all. They will just laugh it off and say "khatay hain tau khilatay bhi tau hain". What a country of morally bankrupt elite.
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Abdur rafay Mar 22, 2023 05:55pm
Pitrol substitution
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Aamir Latif Mar 22, 2023 10:06pm
Waste of time, what will be the end of this case, gifts were purchased as per given rules, we may like or not or try to publicize and make mockery of ofice holders..... Judges should focus on coomon people cases that are pending in thousands instead of these useless cases except publicity stunt by courts
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zh Mar 22, 2023 11:06pm
The government will never abide with he order. If they discard Pakistan High Court' s order and constitution then LHC is small potatoes. Further, it will expose the greed of the godfather and annoy Makara Calibiri.
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