PM Shehbaz announces to auction all Toshakhana gifts

  • Says the proceeds will be used to support orphan children
Published August 8, 2023

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday announced to auction all gifts in the Toshakhana and use the proceeds to support orphan children.

Shehbaz made the announcement in a meeting with a delegation of journalists.

The gifts, which worth millions of rupees, would be auctioned and the amount to be used for the welfare of orphan children, he said.

The prime minister also told the media industry representatives that the incumbent government inherited “very tough economic conditions”, and the coalition parties hadn’t imagined the severity of the situation.

Earlier, the prime minister had decided not to retain any foreign gifts and ordered that all precious gifts, received by him during his foreign visits, would be permanently displayed at PM House.

Toshakhana gifts and their possession has been a topic of interest in Pakistan for a long time and the debate intensified as former PM Imran Khan was tried, convicted, and sent to jail for 3 years by a district and sessions court.

Receiver of foreign gift is its sole owner, claims ex-PM

“He [Imran Khan] has been found guilty of corrupt practices by hiding the benefits he accrued from national exchequer willfully and intentionally. He cheated while providing information about gifts he obtained from Toshakhana which later proved to be false and inaccurate”, the court order said.

Following the conviction and arrest, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday disqualified Imran Khan for five years – a day before the incumbent government is set to dissolve the assembly.


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Faiz Aug 09, 2023 04:17am
Behind doors auction and purchase through Panama intermediaries. Britian still gets the good stuff from the sub continent, and the ownership remains local.
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S.R.H. Hashmi Aug 09, 2023 02:17pm
With Imran Khan's sentencing and imprisonment, it was only natural for Shehbaz Sharif to act swiftly and protect Sharif family members, their friends and associate from such hazards. We saw how devotedly he worked to enable a former absconder to return to Pakistan and become an 'honourable MP, and grab the coveted position of Federal Finance Minister. So what better than closing this chapter by selling off Toshakhana items through public auction and making some quick bucks there as well. Also, keeping gifts in the official residences of top officers would make handling much easier. I vaguely remember years back, efforts were being made to sell Rosevelt Hotel in America for half a billion dollars on the basis of its somewhat similar valuation by a reputed firm on 'same use basis' despite a property developer offering over a billion dollars for it. Because of too much hue and cry, the deal was cancelled. However, the game seems to be on again, and in real earnest. Karachi
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