Former Prime Minister Imran Khan faces accusations of accepting valuable gifts from foreign dignitaries at reduced rates, subsequently selling them for $635,000.
Allegations of Undervalued Presents
Notable items include a replica of the Kaaba from Saudi Arabia, estimated to be worth 60 to 65 million rupees on the international market.
Election Commission’s Verdict
On October 21, 2022, the Election Commission of Pakistan declared that Imran Khan had made false claims regarding Toshakhana gifts and assets, violating Article 63 (1) of the Constitution.
In a ruling on August 5, 2023, a local court sentenced Imran Khan to three years in jail for his involvement in the Toshakhana case. Despite an appeal for sentence suspension on December 21, the Islamabad High Court upheld the disqualification, solidifying the legal ramifications.
Imran Khan sentenced to 14 years in prison in ‘Toshakhana’ case
The former Prime Minister and 1992 ODI World Cup-winning captain of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has received a 14-year prison sentence in the Toshakhana reference. This case revolves around the unauthorized sale of gifts received during his tenure as prime minister, with the proceeds not declared for tax purposes. Similarly, his wife, Bushra Bibi, has been convicted and sentenced to a 14-year prison term.
Imran Khan is also subject to a fine of PKR 787 million (approximately US$2.9 million). Additionally, his existing ban from seeking any political office, initially set at five years, has now been extended to ten years.