In a first, govt goes public with Toshakhana record

Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai
A collage of Toshakhana gifts reportedly sold by former PM Imran Khan. — GeoNews/File
A collage of Toshakhana gifts reportedly sold by former PM Imran Khan. — GeoNews/File

  • PM Shehbaz, Ishaq Dar among others named in list.
  • Ex-president Asif Ali Zardari retained luxury vehicles.
  • Nawaz Sharif obtained Rolex Watch Oyster worth Rs1.18m.

In compliance with the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC), the federal government on Sunday made public the record of state officials who obtained Toshakhana gifts since 2002.

The 466-page record of the Toshakhana gifts has been uploaded on the website of the Cabinet Division.

The move comes days after the federal government apprised the LHC that the records of the Toshakhana gifts since 2002 were being “declassified” and would be uploaded on the internet after final deliberation.

The LHC on January 19 directed the government to submit an affidavit declaring the details of the Toshakhana gifts as "classified".

As per the details, Khan retained one watch (Graff No.AU750) 18-carat gold and diamond assessed value Rs85 million, a pair of cufflinks (over Rs5.6m), one pen (Rs1.5m) and a ring (Rs8.7m) by depositing just Rs20.17m in Toshakhana.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari also retained various items including one BMW 760 Li (Security version, model No.2008) — assessed value Rs57,828,705 — and one Toyota Lexus LX 470 (Security version) — valued at Rs.50,000,000 by depositing a total around Rs16.1m.

He also obtained another BMW 760 Li white (Security version) (Model No.2004) — valued at Rs27,339,370 — by depositing Rs4.09m.

In 2013, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif retained one Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual N Series 0835D018 (over Rs1.18m), one pair of cufflinks with a pen (Rs0.025m) and four commemorative coins of the Central bank of Kuwait (Rs0.015m) by depositing Rs0.243m in Toshakhana.

In 2016, Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, retained one bracelet valued at Rs12.7m, one necklace and earrings (Rs41.6m) by depositing Rs10.8m.

Moreover, former premiers Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Yousaf Raza Gillani; former finance minister Sartaj Aziz; ex-president Pervez Musharraf; incumbent Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others’ names are included in the list.